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UDC, BCP salvage talks, hope for deal

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Leaders of the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) and Botswana Congress Party (BCP) met this Monday to thrash out differences that caused a last-minute cancellation of the announcement of a deal last week.

A source in the negotiations who spoke on condition of anonymity told this publication that President of Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD), Botswana Peoples Party (BPP), Botswana National Front and BCP met this week to finalise a deal of the negotiations that will be announced very soon.

“We met on Monday to conclude on matters that were raised by partners particularly BMD who were not happy about allocation of positions of leadership.
Everything is done and the deal will be announced very soon,” said the source. But UDC spin-doctor, Moeti Mohwasa said he was not aware of what transpired in the negotiations because he has not been briefed.

He referred us to BMD leader Ndaba Gaolathe who is also UDC Secretary General, but whose phone rang unanswered. BCP spokesperson, Dithapelo Keorapetse also did not answer his phone.

The media space has over the past few days been awash with reports that the cooperation talks have collapsed, with especially the BMD activists crying foul over lack of consultations. 

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Church distances itself from Pastor who livestreamed his suicide

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Head Pastor at Metsimotlhabe Holiness Union Church France Koosimile has distanced his church from Phenyo Godfrey who committed suicide live on social media a week ago. Speaking to this publication this week, Koosimile said Godfrey was never a Pastor at Holiness church as assumed by many.

Godfrey, who goes by the name Bishop P Godfrey on social media, allegedly shot a video of himself committing suicide on Sunday evening. According to a few friends and those close to Godfrey, the deceased was from Molepolole and has been identified as a pastor at Holiness Union Church in Metsimotlhabe.

On the evening  of Sunday last week, he went live on Facebook and proceeded to put a rope around his neck. He was seen in the short video hanging by the neck until he took his last breath. TO READ THE FULL STORY, BUY THIS WEEK’S (11 August 2021)  PRINT EDITION OF THE MIDWEEK SUN AT A STORE NEAR YOU.

 

 

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Women challenged to step-up food production

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National Development Bank CEO, Lorato Morapedi has challenged women to take up more agribusiness ventures to cut down on the country’s food import bill.
With an annual P7 billion food import bill hanging over the country, Morapedi said women can significantly trim it down. “We need to get out of our comfort zones, let’s open our eyes and seize the opportunities,” said Morapedi, adding that women need to work in groups.
She emphasized that women should leverage on collective expertise found in clusters to grow the country’s food production sector.
“Grab the opportunities that exist with the food value chain,” she said, citing that women have been hard-hit by COVID-19 in their endeavors to put food on the table.
She further implored women not to shy away from finance development institutions (FDIs) to finance their projects. Morapedi bemoaned that a handful people are willing to go into food production despite the high import food bill that the country faces.
Very few people are doing food production; people are lazy to go into food production,” said Morapedi. She also highlighted that the country’s major supplier, South Africa is also not coping as COVID-19 challenges unravel.
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