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President Mokgwetsi Masisi

BDP retains power

In a historic upset that has changed the political geography of Botswana, President Mokgweetsi Eric Masisi was on Thursday night leading the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) to a stunning victory in the general elections.

On Friday morning election results that were coming in from various polling stations across the country were indicating that the BDP was comfortably surging to victory and defying history by taking key constituencies fom opposition parties strongholds in urban areas, especially in Gaborone where the ruling party won majority seats in council.

BDP also unseated UDC president Duma Boko in Gaborone Bonnington North and Alliance for Progressives President Ndaba Gaolathe in Bonnigton South.

Plagued by his predecessor, accused by his opponents and betrayed by some members of his own party, Masisi’s party was ultimately backed by the people.

The 58-year-old Moshupa native will now resume his role as the nation’s fifth President.

Masisi has made promises to fight rampant corruption in Botswana during his relentless campaign to make Botswana a better place. Only time will tell if he keeps them.

Big guns bite the dust

However, with opposition leader Duma Boko vowing to challenge the election’s outcome should he feel ‘the integrity of the vote was not assured’ – and the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) have already indicated they believe it would be rigged – a potential hurricane waits ominously in the wings.

Duma Boko, Ndaba Gaolathe, Dorcas Makgato

Indeed, in an emotional press conference on Monday, a visibly frustrated Boko said, “If we establish that fraud took place, the law is clear. You can file an election petition and challenge the outcome!”

The UDC further warned the legal route might not be enough to appease the people.

“Because of the emotive nature of these elections and the expectations of a whole nation hanging on this outcome – they want change – I don’t think they might be as patient as to wait for a judicial process.

“When people get angry and they realise the authorities are acting with impunity and cannot deliver justice or freeness and fairness in an election the people might then decide to go other routes. I’m not saying they will but I shudder to imagine what could happen if they did!”

For now though, as they have ever since Botswana gained independence, BDP rule the roost.

The winds of change that looked set to blow through the country are still……for now!

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Son of BDP women’s wing SG accused of forging DIS boss signature

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Yes I was detained and questioned- Maruapula

A man rumoured to be romantically linked to the reigning Miss Botswana, Oweditse Phirinyane was this week allegedly nabbed and questioned for impersonating a Directorate Of Intelligence Services (DIS) agent.

The suspect, Mompati Maruapula is the son of Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) women’s wing secretary General, Neo Maruapula.

He reportedly attracted law enforcement officers’s attention by uttering a false document, complete with a forged signature of the Director General of the DIS Peter Magosi as ‘proof” that he was employee of the DIS when he was not.

He allegedly produced the fake proof of employment in an attempt to fraudulently purchase a BMW vehicle limited addition at one of the car dealers in Gaborone, an eyewitness has claimed.

“The car dealership phoned the DIS to confirm and that is when law enforcement agencies were alerted and a sting operation was set in motion to nab him,” the source further narrated.

He was then told to come back at 2Pm for the car only for him to find security agents waiting to catch him.

Asked to comment on the incident Maruapula explained that he was not charged but simply questioned.

“They (Police) said they would get back to me. I have not yet been charged with any crime. I was briefly detained and released yes. It is true,” he said in a brief interview.

The DIS when quizzed about the matter referred The Voice to The Botswana Police.

“I cannot confirm nor deny your questions. Please liase with the Police for a full brief,” DISS spokesperson Edward Robert said.

Miss Botswana also refused to comment saying she would like to keep her private life private and quickly handed the phone to the recently divorced Maruapula who was in her company at the time.

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Montshiwa’s murder trial yet to start

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Trial date for the late Fairground Holdings Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Michael Montshiwa’s murder case has been postponed as Judge Michael Mothobi is on sick leave.

The main suspect in this matter attorney David Modise and his co-accused- a traditional doctor Tumelo Tshukudu, today appeared at the Gaborone High Court for mention and confirmation of trial dates.

The 35-year-old lawyer is linked to the death of his client, Montshiwa, and he is facing another charge of stealing by agent.

He is currently out on bail awaiting trial.

Montshiwa was shot and killed on the 18th of October, 2015 at his house in Block 6 Gaborone.

It is said that Modise was the last person to communicate with Montshiwa just minutes before the CEO’s fatal shooting.

Police investigations revealed that between June 30 and October 17, 2015, Modise withdrew about P245 000 from Montshiwa’s Trust account.

The money according to the Investigating Officer Detective Senior Superintendent Sergeant Marapo, was entrusted to Modise for the purchase of a plot for Montshiwa in Mogoditshane.

It is alleged that when Montshiwa realised that the money was missing from the Trust account, he communicated with Modise demanding to see him at his house on the night he was killed.

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DPP resuscitates 15 year ‘cold’ murder case

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Nearly fifteen years after he allegedly hacked three people to death, the wheels of justice have started turning and the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) are reopening the files to bring murder suspect Mokolopi Mothusi to book.

The accused is facing a triple murder charge after he allegedly hacked to death a man, his wife, and their child with a tomahawk axe sometime in 2005 at Khonkhwa settlement near Jwaneng.

The matter appeared to have been forgotten for sometime, but on Monday the DPP reopened Mothusi’s files and he showed up in court walking with the aid of crutches.

Initially the matter was scheduled for trial for several dates in May but had to be postponed to December to allow the defense to locate witnesses.

“We are faced with a difficult matter here, so far the state had intended to call 20 witnesses, but we are informed that five of them have since died. We will also need time to locate our witnesses who are scattered somewhere in the desert,” said attorney Tengo Rubadiri who is defending Mothusi.

The matter was postponed and trial dates have been set for December 10th up to 15th 2020.

Meanwhile, in a separate matter, Kagiso Sejamabogo will have to wait a bit longer in prison before he is granted bail pending appeal of his 17-year prison sentence for various offences.

Although he has been in prison since 2012, Sejamabogo will have to wait until June before the High Court hears his appeal because a typist who was recording his case record at Molepolole Magistrates Court has been transferred to Mochudi.

Since 2018, Sejamabogo has been trying to get his case record from the court but the staff have been too busy with other engagements at the expense of his agonizing prison remand.

Justice Michael Leburu ordered the Molepolole Court Clerk to avail the record on the 29th of May and that the appellant will present his argument on June 22nd.

The appellant has had his prison term reduced to 11 years and has so far served eight years in prison.

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