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Tight battle for Nata/Gweta

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The battle for Nata/Gweta constituency at Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) ahead of the August primary elections will make history in the sense that it will be the first of its kind where seven parliamentary candidates will try their luck to oust the current seating Member of Parliament (MP), who in this case is Polson Majaga.

Among the candidates is the former area Member of Parliament Oliphant Mfa who was toppled by Reiner Makosha in 2004. Mfa is currently a specially-elected councillor for the Central District Council. Other candidates include Ditiro Majadibodu, Lawrence Ookeditse, Mabunga Gadibolaye, Mbanga Mbanga and Makosha who will be making a second attempt to go to Parliament in 2019.

Ookeditse, a former employee at the youth, sports and culture ministry is said to have hit the ground running going on familiarisation tours where he also hosts musical shows to lure the youth to his side. Recently, he staged some shows from Lepashe area to Nata. Known by the moniker Stallion, Ookeditse can only cause an upset if he focuses his attention on the idle youth in the constituency. Compared to the incumbent, Ookeditse has a mammoth task before the primaries since he has not penetrated other areas in the constituency including Manxotae, Sepako and other villages.

And a probe by The Midweek Sun in the constituency clearly reflects that Ookeditse is not as popular as many think, and he will need to up his game against Majaga who appears to be a darling among voters. Meanwhile, it has also emerged that it will be a very tough task to oust Majaga who is a people’s man in the area as he is able to bring himself down on earth by sharing even cartons of Chibuku and other forms of the waters of immorality with voters. Among the cattle herdsmen in the area, he also commands a lot of respect as his name puts a smile on any face.

Another candidate who should not be counted out of the race is Majadibodu who represented Botswana Congress Party (BCP) during the past general elections where he suffered a blow from Majaga. Now that he is at BDP, it remains to be seen whether he will use his popularity in the constituency to lure those who voted for him to his side. In 2014, Majaga defeated him by a margin of 470 votes, which makes him one of the heavy weights in the race. The former Director of Education Galebolayi who resigned from his job last week Monday is a closed book for Nata/Gweta residents and will have to prove his worth when the primary election campaigns start. Mbanga who is a seating councillor will also use those who voted for him and many others in an attempt to replace Majaga.

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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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