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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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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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