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Scramble for Francistown West divides BCP

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The worm has turned within the Botswana Congress Party (BCP) at the Francistown West constituency after Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) and BCP leadership allegedly endorsed an agreement to swap constituencies such that the BCP gets Maun West and BMD gets Francistown. This deal will allow BCP President Dumelang Saleshando to contest for a parliamentary seat in Maun while the BMD has offered Francistown West to Botswana People’s Party (BPP). However, some members of BCP are allegedly engaged in secret meetings with a view to cross the floor to the BPP in order to position themselves for the 2019 general elections. According to the deal, BMD will hand over the constituency to BPP once the negotiations are done leaving disgruntled and dejected faces at BCP. Those who spoke anonymously were furious that the constituency is their stronghold and that they were likely to win in the following general elections having won it twice through Vain Mamela and Habaodi Hubona.

They are dead worried that BPP has never worked hard in the constituency hence they strongly believe that for the opposition to win the constituency one of their own must jump ship and bail out their companions if they indeed want to win the next general elections. Speaking to The Midweek Sun over the weekend, BMD chairperson Nehemiah Modubule reiterated his party’s stance to hand over the constituency to BPP even though he refused to reveal what they will benefit in return. This publication has it on good record that before an official announcement can be made, some BCP members who were earmarked to contest the party’s primaries for the constituency are ready to cross the floor to BPP in order to be considered for nomination.

A BCP prominent member said that BPP currently has no suitable candidate to win the constituency from the ruling party hence their collective decision to cross over and assist the ailing party with a strong and credible candidate who can compete for honours. “As it is, BPP was caught off-guard and it will take them a long time to find the right candidate to contest at the constituency whilst on the other hand, it will be very easy for someone from BCP to win the constituency since they have been on the ground for a very long time knowing very well that the constituency rightfully belongs to them under the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) constituency allocation deal,” the source said. Meanwhile, BPP President Motlatsi Molapisi admitted that he was aware of the current developments but will only make an official comment once the deal is finalised and there is an official note to that effect from BMD. The BCP members swear they will have none of it, and have labelled their leadership a dictatorship for wanting to hand over their constituency without consulting the foot soldiers.

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BMC secures beef market in Seychelles

Dikarabo Ramadubu

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Botswana Meat Commission (BMC) will soon start to sell its beef to the Island of Seychelles. Not only will they sell frozen raw meat, but will also send corned beef for trial in the Island.

All this is thanks to last week’s visit by President Mokgweetsi Masisi who included in his delegation executive management of the BMC, led by Chief Executive Officer, Dr Akolang Tombale.
The agreement signed between BMC and two leading Seychelles companies, will see BMC exporting at least 48 tonnes of raw beef to the island possibly from October. The names of the two companies that BMC signed an agreement with are Seychelles Trading Company which is a quasi-government organisation, and Rosebelle Company which is privately owned.

Although both have agreed to trade with each other, BMC cannot start immediately, as they have to wait for the green light from Seychelles companies who still have to apply for import permits in accordance with the law of their republic.

Speaking to The Midweek Sun, Tombale expressed gratitude that they managed to get good business in Seychelles through the assistance of President Masisi. “We are ready to export any time from now. As you know Seychelles is an island surrounded by mountains and cannot produce much if not anything. “They therefore depend much on imports even from as far as Brazil and Europe. Their economy is driven by tourism and they do not differ much with the European market in terms of the demand for beef as most tourists come from Europe and United States.”

Dr. Tombale said they agreed with the two companies that since “we are not sure about the logistics we will start by selling 24tonnes to each company per month, meaning we will be supplying the Island with a total of 48 tonnes per month. The idea is to start small and grow bigger as the people get used to our beef.” BMC has also negotiated to sell small stock meat to Seychelles and successfully negotiated for local chicken farmers to start selling their range chicken to Seychelles as well.

According to Tombale, he negotiated the deal after being approached by local chicken farmers amongst them Kgosi Mosadi Seboko of Balete, who requested that “we should try to find a market for chicken farmers as we go around the world searching for the beef market.” Tombale revealed that for a start both range chickens and small stock will not be supplied in tonnes or large quantities as they will be sold on a trial basis.

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G-west community reunion-walk a resounding success

Keletso Thobega

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Multitudes turned up for the Mosengwaketsi community walk and braai session this past Saturday in Gaborone West. The walk was held in the morning and was preceded by football games and a braai session that went on until late in the evening.

According to the event director Tshenolo Palai, the aim of the community day event was to revive community spirit and address crime and social ills. “The Mosengwaketsi community reunion will be held not only to create a platform to build unity but also address the social ill of passion killings,” he said.

Palai said that they had also invited health stakeholders for a wellness segment because they had realised that there are many health related conditions that affect the quality of people’s lives hence they had joined forces with religious organisations, the business community, neighbourhood outreach policing and other stakeholders in the area to encourage a culture of unity and create dialogue between all the parties.

He noted that they had wanted to create a relaxed environment conducive for different people to engage and strengthen their networks. He said they were also concerned with the high rate of crimes of passion in Botswana and also wanted to create a platform for both men and women to open up on issues that affect them because most people tend to be more relaxed in a social setting.

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