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Boko weeps

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The president of Botswana National Front (BNF), Duma Boko wept at a rally in Mahalapye over the weekend.

Boko also doubles as leader of the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) – an opposition coalition involving the BNF, Botswana Peoples’ Party (BPP) and Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD).

The event was the star rally during BNF’s 50th Anniversary celebrations on Saturday. The lawyer-cum politician started off his address by paying tribute to Fidel Castro and his brother, Raul Castro, who became president of Cuba in 2008 following his brother’s resignation.

Turning his gaze to the Cuban Ambassador, Juan Carlos Corrales, who sat among the invited guests, Boko said: “Please pass our regards to both Fidel Castro and Raul Castro and tell them how much of an inspiration to the other revolutionaries throughout the world they have been and continue to be today.”

And to Mothusi Tlhabanyane and Mpho Motlhabane both of the South African Communist Party (SACP), he paid homage to SACP luminaries such as Moses Kotane, Joe Slovo and Bram Fischer for the contribution they made to the political development of South Africa which galvanised public opinion leading to the liberation of that country.

Things came to a head when, by way of contrast, he said Batswana seem to have resigned themselves to a life without dignity. The BNF leader called upon Batswana to not allow the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) to take them for granted as they have been created in the image of God.

“How is that you get bought by fona drink? People have resigned themselves to a life without any dignity. Our people have accepted a situation where they go to hospital or clinic and find no doctor, where you go to your child’s school and find a serious shortage of facilities and a demoralised and stressed teacher who works under difficult conditions. The BDP is playing with the future of your children. To a parent, a child is an investment or insurance.” 

Except for the MC who moved to the podium to offer Boko a tissue to wipe his tears, the entire audience froze during the moment. Meanwhile, Boko recovered and continued with his address.

President of Botswana Congress Party (BCP), Dumelang Saleshando led a delegation from his party while Simon Kgaoganang represented the Botswana Federation of Public Service Unions (BOFEPUSU) at the rally.

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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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