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Butale’s position under threat

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Tshekedi may take over- source

Botswana Patriot Front (BPF) President, Biggie Butale’s position is under threat from a faction that is plotting to unseat him.

The newly emerged faction is apparently plotting to replace Butale with former President Ian Khama’s brother and Member of Parliament for Serowe West, Tshekedi Khama.

Information gathered by this publication has indicated that a team of four men from Serowe is spearheading the deal together with a powerful woman who serves in the party’s central committee.

The group is said to be pushing the party president to call an elective congress soon so that they can vote him out.

However Butale is reportedly reluctant to do that.

“All parties know when they will hold their congresses except us because people have prioritised their agendas,” an inside source from the anti Butale faction said.

Meanwhile a leaked voice note from the party’s social media group has warned party members about the dangers of unseating Butale to replace him with Tshekedi.

“Removing Butale could take us back to the early days when it was alleged that the BPF was formed solely to advance the interest of the Khamas and Bangwato. Factions don’t work and people should not force someone to take a position that he doesn’t want just to spite Butale,” says part of the clip.

IN DEMAND: Khama

An alternative plan to removing Butale through an elective congress would entail suspending him for incompetency so that it becomes easy for BPF to later fire him, another source has revealed.

However, Butale said that he was not aware of the allegations of a brewing coup against him.

When confronted with evidence that suggested that he could be aware of the plot to oust him, Butale said, “I don’t think there is anyone who can topple me in the BPF, I am greatly loved. But if an unpopular minority by some miracle does the unthinkable I would not quit politics.”

He added that the democratic process in a young party could prove counterproductive to the party’s future growth.

“I hope those are just allegations, I am the President of BPF,” he said.

Efforts to get a comment from Tshekedi failed, as he did not respond to messages sent to him. BPF is a splinter party from the Botswana Democratic party that was formed last year few months before elections.

It got a major boost from the former President Ian Khama who is its patron.

Khama campaigned for it and travelled around the country during elections campaign.

The party ended up winning three parliamentary seats in Serowe.

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UDC MPs to elect new opp chief whip

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They can go ahead- Moathodi

Members of Parliament for Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) have had enough of their dramatic Opposition Chief Whip, Pono Moatlhodi.

In fact the UDC MPS are so fed up with the charismatic MP’s theatrics in parliament that they are ready to replace him.

Speaking to this publication, five UDC MPs who asked for their names to be withheld complained bitterly that Moatlhodi was often rude, inconsiderate and biased towards them.

“When our views are divergent to the views of the BDP, Moatlhodi takes the ruling party’s side. We have turned into BDP’s laughing stock because of his ridiculous shouting.”

The MPs further alleged that the MP for Tonota’s apparent love for the BDP was not only annoying but also counter productive.

His behavior seems to have pushed his colleagues to the edge as they have even gone as far as reporting him to their Leader of Opposition, Dumelang Saleshando so he could call him to order.

Giving an example of how Moathlodi was working against them, one UDC MP said that when they had demanded to know who had authority at the Ministry of Agriculture between the Minister, Edwin Dikoloti and his Assistant, Beauty Manake as the two had given parliament different and contradicting answers, instead of waiting for government to provide an answer, Moatlhodi stood up and trivialised the UDC’s question, accusing them of being playful.

“When he acted as Deputy Speaker a week ago, he reprimanded one of us using unparliamentarily language and he is always in disagreement with UDC motions and presentations,” said another MP who went further and gave an example of how Moatlhodi had been up against Taolo Lucas’s motion on Social Justice Commission being put to a vote.

DISMISSIVE: Saleshando

“We approached Saleshando three weeks ago during our caucus complaining about Moatlhodi’s behavior and the way he lashes out at us during debates but to our disappointment, Saleshando has decided to sit on our message and not act. We are not taking this lightly and when we come in for the winter session in July we will be having a new opposition chief whip, we cannot continue with someone who doesn’t respect us,” said one MP.

“Whether he decides to leave the Umbrella after we remove him from the seat or he remains a UDC member is up to him, we don’t care about that, we will select a new opposition chief whip, ” added another fed up MP.

However, the leader of opposition has denied claims that Moatlhodi has been reported to him. “I would have acted on it had I been approached but they haven’t done that,” he said.

Meanwhile, Moathodi said that the MPs could go ahead and do whatever they wanted. Before joining the UDC in 2014, PPP as Moatlhodi is fondly known was a BDP member who even became a Deputy Speaker in Parliament.

He then resigned and joined opposition ranks after accusing the BDP of failing to address his grievances following his loss to Thapelo Olopeng in the party’s primary party elections.

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Plot to overthrow GC mayor exposed

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MAYEPETSA FINGERED AS MASTERMIND

A dubious plan by a group of Botswana Democratic Party councilors to overthrow Gaborone City Council Mayor, Father Maphongo has been exposed.

The group, which is allegedly led by none other than Maphongo’s Deputy, Lotty Manyepetsa, has been plotting the mayor’s downfall for sometime now, sources within the ruling party have claimed.

Information gathered by this publication has further indicated that Manyapetsa in his vigorous efforts to topple the Mayor through a motion of no confidence has established a team of councillors called, ‘Team Lotty’.

According to a reliable source, the group (names withheld) has been working around the clock trying to find a way to sabotage the mayor’s work, so that they can turn around and table a motion of no confidence against him.

“They all know that Maphongo was brought in by President Mokgweetsi Masisi to transform the city and their chances of occupying the seat at the end of the two- year term are very slim as he will be re- elected without a challenge in a compromise deal. They have resorted to sabotage so that he fails dismally,” alleged the source within the party.

The source fingered Manyepetsa as someone who habours, ‘ dangerous ambitions’ to occupy the top council seat and then appoint one of his friends from a BDP faction as his deputy in order to have total control of the city.

“They resent Maphongo for being a businessman and not a politician and feel that he never helped the party in any way during general elections and therefore did not deserve to be the Mayor,” stated the source, who also revealed that a WhatsApp group was created and councilors added only for those who raised objections to the plot against the mayor to be unceremoniously removed.

However, when asked if he was aware of the plot, Maphongo was cagey with information but confirmed that he had been ‘tipped off’

“Please this is an internal issue which, if true will be dealt with internally and not through the media,” said Maphongo in his curt response.

Meanwhile, Manyapetsa denied lusting after Maphongo’s positing.

“Maphongo is going to finish his term, I support him a lot. People who told you that are not well.” Manyepetsa said.

When confronted with a screenshot from the Whatsapp group alleged to have been started with the sole purpose of plotting the Mayor’s downfall, the Deputy Mayor said that the group was for regional elections campaign.

Both Maphongo and Manyepetsa made it to the council as specially nominated councillors.

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