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Moswaane accused of sabotaging recruits

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When Mokgweetsi Masisi and Mpho Balopi officially received Barulaganyi Bakang Mooketsi and Isaac Keleagetse into the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) last year, democrats were over the moon with joy.

After all they had just poached two hard working members who gave them a scare in the 2014 general election whilst still members of the Botswana Congress Party (BCP). BDP members strongly believed that their leader had chosen the right minds to elevate their party and make it fashionable among the youth in Francistown West, a constituency under the incumbency of Ignatius Moswaane.

Lo and behold, things have since taken a nasty twist. A voice clip in possession of The Midweek Sun making rounds among BDP members in Francistown from one of Moswaane’s blue eyed women shows the constituency is currently bedevilled by many issues.

The woman in the clip is issuing a directive in a BDP WhatsApp’s group of Francistown West constituency that all those who were recruited from BCP must first hand over their BCP membership cards before they and their membership can be accepted at the BDP. She continues that even those harbouring intentions to campaign as ward councillors must make sure that whoever they bring to be registered as a new BDP member must first bring the membership card of the political party they previously belonged to. Aggrieved members regard this as an excuse to sabotage them. Efforts to get a comment from Moswaane proved futile by press time as his mobile phone rang unanswered.

In a letter written to the party leadership, the two concerned members indicated that they are given a raw deal by Moswaane who does not even allow them access to voter registration books as well as not allowing them to address any political rally in the constituency. They also complained that it has become a habit for the MP to corner those he deems to be against him by promising them Specially-elected councillor positions in order for him to disorientate their thinking and intentions to compete.

They continued that the new membership registration rules in Francistown West are denying the members they brought along from BCP a chance to join the ruling party since they are required to produce their former party’s membership cards even when one does not have it. They also complained that their grievances have never been resolved despite once forwarding the complaints to BDP Political Education and Elections Committee Francistown West representative.

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‘My life is a living hell’

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A Zimbabwean double amputee, Gift Ncube who received a lot of public sympathy after a farmer, Keitumetse Khunou shot him in 2013 over a payment dispute thereafter losing both arms, says that his life is a living hell.

This is because his former employer, Khonuo has not honoured terms of agreement to compensate him for his lost arms. As of September 2017, the two through their lawyers agreed on an out of court settlement in which Khonou undertook to give him 20 goats and eight heads of cattle to start a new life. Khunou, through his lawyers K. Sekgabo Attorneys further proposed to transfer his rights and title in respect of his only residential house consisting of a two-bedroom house, main house with two rooms, toilet bath and a kitchen situated at Radisele.

They also agreed that they were going to pay, Ncube a sum of P100 000, which was proposed to be paid on or before the end of May 2018. However, Ncube through his lawyers, Chibanda Makgelemele & Co said May was far and proposed end of February 2018, which was accepted.

At one point, the parties agreed to pay P125 000 from the initial P130 000 demanded by Ncube, but Khunou’s lawyers said he could pay him P22 000 per month commencing December 1, 2017.
Narrating his story, Ncube cut a frustrated figure. “I now knock on people’s doors, asking for money to buy food. This is not who I am and who I had thought I’d be at any point in my life. This man has destroyed my life and I’m finding it hard to accept that I don’t have my hands,” he said.

He stated that Khunou’s lawyers had told him that their client was not cooperative. “They even told me to seek the assistance of the media,” he said, adding that life is hard as he has a three year old daughter to look after.

As of May 7, 2018, the parties went to the High Court where there was also another settlement made regarding compensation. Khunou signed to give Ncube his plot in Radisele, with its two houses. The agreement was that should he fail to procure transfer of the property to Ncube through the Landboard, then he shall within six months of failure to procure transfer cause it to be sold at a price to be agreed by both parties and the proceeds shall be paid to Ncube.

The agreement also entailed eight cows and 20 goats, and P130 000 payment in installments of P5 470 per month commencing March 31, 2018 until May 1, 2020. The court papers have the certificate of Customary Court Grant, which is yet to be given to Ncube.

The shooting incident happened at Khunou’s ploughing field at Diphateng lands near Radisele where he had temporarily engaged Ncube to de-bush his field.Meanwhile, Ncube said he has opened an account with a local bank where he wanted to save money for Myo-electric prosthesis. Quotations from Gaborone Private Hospital show that he needs P172 500 to get it done. The system consists of wrist insert, wrist/elbow unit, functional hand, prosthetic glove, cable above elbow, harness above elbow and prosthetic sheath.

Khunou’s lawyer Kgololesego Segabo confirmed that there was a settlement agreed that was signed between his client and Ncube. “What is left is for my client to act on the agreement. He is in the process of mobilising resources to honour the agreement,” he said.

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G-west community reunion-walk a resounding success

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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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