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Saleshando sues Parliament, Speaker

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The President of Botswana Congress Party (BCP) Dumelang Saleshando is suing Parliament and its Speaker, Gladys Kokorwe for his nomination as specially elected Member of Parliament.

The BCP leader has launched legal proceedings against the Speaker of the National Assembly, Kokorwe, the National Assembly and the Attorney General for accepting his name as one of the nominees for the special elected MP without his consent.

Saleshando was nominated for the specially elected MP seat early last month, alongside Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) Secretary General Botsalo Ntuane and the Speaker. At the time, the Speaker of the National Assembly declined to reveal the names of the MPs who nominated them.

In his notice for intention to sue submitted through his lawyer Martin Dingake, Saleshando argues that he never intended to be nominated for consideration or election as specially elected MP. He says he never authorised anyone to nominate him, neither had he even consented to the nomination.

Saleshando now wants the Speaker to be ordered to disclose the name of the person who nominated him. The former MP for Gaborone Central also wants the decision by Kokorwe to accept his name as a nominee contrary to Parliament Standing Orders and other relevant legislation, to be declared unlawful and set aside.

He also wants an order to declare as null and void the decision by Parliament to endorse Kokorwe’s decision to accept his nomination and that the decision should be reviewed. The respondents have been given 30 days to respond from last week Thursday, which is the date they were served.

Kokorwe told Parliament on the day of election for the Specially Elected MP that the law was silent on whether a person nominated from the floor of Parliament should have consented to the nomination and whether the person who made the nomination should be disclosed.

Following this the opposition MPs abstained from participating in the election that saw Eric Molale who was nominated by President Ian Khama, returning to Parliament as Specially Elected MP beating Saleshando, Ntuane and Shampoo Matshediso who was nominated by Francistown South MP Wynter Mmolotsi.

Later that day Vice President Mokgweetsi Masisi released a press statement stating that an opposition MP had nominated Ntuane with the aim of trying to sow discord in the BDP.

This rubbed the opposition MPs the wrong way as they have for weeks now demanded that they be told how Masisi knew about this development since the Speaker of the National Assembly had previously declined to disclose the names of the MPs who nominated Ntuane and Saleshando.

Deputy Speaker, Kagiso Molatlhegi promised the MPs that he would investigate the issue and update Parliament in due course.

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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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