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Give Masisi a chance

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“ Even as we lament the conduct and integrity of the 2019 elections, we recognize that a government has been constituted, legislators have been sworn in and the business of improving the lives of our people can not wait one minute.”

Leader Of Opposition in parliament in his response to the State of the Nation Address on Wednesday afternoon made the above statement and I concur with him entirely.

President Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi has been given a five -year term to lead this country and it is only right that he should be allowed to carry out his mandate in peace and without fear or favour.

Although opinion has been divided about him with some describing him as a messiah sent by God to save this country from a corrupt cabal while some still question his capabilities and describe him as, “same wine in a different bottle, the fact is he is our president.

When Masisi took over from his predecessor, his first promise was to fight corruption and true to his words, he has already ruffled a few feathers in this regard.

Corruption cases with big names are already in court, which is a good start although the million-dollar question is, will the state get a conviction?

The president has assured the citizens of this country, that he will do his utmost best to serve, and it is worth noting that his administration has already made some reforms to assist young people such as allowing them to set up businesses in their parents’ homes.

Those who have farms will also be allowed to subdivide and use part of their farms for non-farming activities.

The president also hit the ground running by increasing entertainment industry hours, something that has earned him accolades even outside the country.

The media can also testify that to his credit there has been a lot more access to information through press conferences, bringing a ten- year black out on the private media to a welcome end.

Will Masisi transform the lives of Batswana for the better? All the indicators are there that he is on the right track to do exactly that.

He has promised that indigenous Batswana will be given priority in land allocation in the tourism sector.

He has also expressed concern that the tourism industry is in the hands of a few foreigners, hence the need to involve more Batswana, which would be a commendable move if only he could be allowed to walk his talk.

After elections we are all Batswana first, before our political parties. All leaders of this country must work together, for a common goal of taking Botswana forward.

In the next five years all eyes will be on Maisisi’s cabinet, which by the look of things was selected based on merit instead of blind loyalty.

When delivering his State of the Nation Address this week, the President spoke of job creation pointing out that it couldn’t be achieved without rolling out the red carpet for sustainable and impactful investment.

“We are challenged by our market size as an economy; therefore we must come up with deliberate interventions to promote export oriented business which will be achieved through the Botswana Export Development Programme (BEDP), the Special Economic Zones (SEZ’s) and regional integration.”

He also mentioned that in facilitating the ease of doing business in the country, government is reviewing both the Immigration Act to make sure that it effectively enables the employment of non citizens and the Point Based System to make assessment of work permits applications fair, objective and more transparent.

Masisi has promised to tackle the Human –wildlife conflict, promote Botswana as a destination of choice for major conferences and international events, and continue to nurture friendly relations with other countries and forge strategic partnerships with the international community.

Given all that I say let’s give him a chance to rule this country and see what he has in store for if he fails we can always vote him out in the next general coming elections in 2024.

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BDP quash UDC election petitions

•UDC’s petitions do not incriminate our candidates- BDP

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Botswana Democratic Party has moved swiftly to counter a petition lodged by the Umbrella for Democratic Change before the courts seeking nullification of election results in some of the constituencies that were won by the ruling party.

The Voice is in possession of the notices to oppose by the BDP and the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) lawyers. The BDP has made known their intentions to have the UDC petitions quashed through points of law.

The BDP, through court papers served to the UDC this Wednesday, point out to certain irregularities and failure on the part of the UDC to meeting certain requirements to constitute a petition according to the Electoral Act.

In the court papers the BDP say that it is common knowledge that the UDC want the High Court to declare the constituencies void on the basis of corrupt practices, commission of illegal practices by the BDP, DISS and connivances of certain officers employed by the IEC.

“The petitions do not disclose facts necessary to enable the High Court to make a decision under Section (105) 1 of the Electoral Act. Without these material facts the High Court cannot void the election. The remedy is therefore not available to the petitioners,” read the court papers.

The BDP through their lawyers further state that the petitioners attribute the commission of the corrupt illegal practices to certain officers from the BDP being President Mokgweetsi Masisi, Satar Dada, Mpho Balopi, Dr Comma Serema, Banks Kentse and Moemedi Baikalafi aided by the DISS and certain officers from the IEC.

The BDP argues that the UDC failed to prove that the candidates in the disputed constituencies were engaged in “the commission of corrupt and illegal practices of BDP candidates or with the knowledge and or consent of any of their election or polling agents. The candidates have not been put on notice that the corrupt and illegal practices are attributed to them or their polling agents,”

The BDP also dismiss other petitioners citing that in other constituencies the UDC failed to give the other candidates including those of the Alliance for Progressives (AP) the chance to participate in the election petition. “They say they consulted Ndaba Gaolathe but he was not the candidate of the constituencies in question,” the BDP argue.

Turning to the affidavits made by Baikalafi, which the UDC heavily rely on, the BDP have also quashed his claims citing that they are not lawfully authenticated.

“Without a verifying affidavit, the petition in so far as they relate to ascertation attributed to Moemedi Baikalafi are a nulidity,” the papers read.

The main respondents, the IEC which is the body responsible for the running of the electoral process, on the other hand argue that their part in the petitions is not clearly stated by the UDC- as the law dictates.

They further argue that the IEC is not properly before court in respect that all remedies and reliefs that the petitioner seeks against the commission are incompetent. “This is more so the Petitioner challenges the elections that were conducted by the 1st respondent (the IEC).”

The UDC and its candidates are expected to respond to the BDP and thereafter a date will be set for arguments. The judges have said that the cases are a matter of urgency and should be dealt with and disposed of in 90 days (by next year February).

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Your daughter is not yours

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DNA TEST EXPOSES WIFE’S AFFAIR WITH BROTHER- IN -LAW

A cheated husband who unknowingly raised his brother- in- law’s child as his own for three years ended the marriage in court this week and demanded a refund.

Gilbert Tom, on Wednesday divorced Mpale Tom nee Roberts after DNA tests results revealed that that their last-born child was not biologically related to Tom. They had been married for 15 years.

Tom, 50, became suspicious that his wife was cheating in 2009 when his brother in-law got into the habit of dropping off Mpale at their house after work.

Mpale, 43, fell pregnant in 2016 and when the baby was born, her husband was shocked that the baby was a spitting image of his older sister’s husband.

He then launched his own investigations in Mpale’s phone where he found messages that confirmed his suspicions
Some text messages revealed that Mpale was so much in love with her brother -in -law that she was even prepared to bewitch her husband’s sister to get her out of the way.

After finding out for certain that he was raising a child who was not his, Tom served Mpale with divorce papers.

She did not contest the divorce and readily confessed in court that Tom was not the father of her three-year-old daughter.

Divorce was granted and Judge Gabanagae ordered that the child be excluded from Tom’s responsibilities.

WIFE: Mpale

However Tom went further and demanded that his brother- in- law and his ex- wife pay him costs of raising a child that was not his, which are to be determined by court at a later date.

According to a relative who refused to be named for fear of victimization Mpale and her brother-in law worked together at a mine in Toteng village in 2013 and the family suspects that was when the disgraced couple started the affair.

She said coincidentally in 2016 the two found another job and moved to Francistown together.

“These people were too deep. We never thought they could do that to their partners and we thought they just related well as family members and little did we know that they were dating. This is painful for both families and it is very unfortunate that an innocent child has now been caught in the middle,” said the concerned relative

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Mokubilo man accused of rape

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Letlhakane Police are investigating an incident in which a 28-year-old man allegedly raped a 34-year-old woman in the early hours of Monday morning (25 November).

The lady was on her way to Mokubilo Clinic – walking from the lands – when she reportedly met her armed attacker.

Taking over the narrative, Letlhakane Station Commander, Michael Maphephu told The Voice, “She reported that the suspect threatened to stab her with a sharpened iron rod.

“The suspect was arrested on the same day and will appear before court as soon as the Magistrate returns from sick leave,” said Maphephu, adding he could not release the accused’s name until he appears in court.

The worried police boss revealed this was the 89th rape case registered in his jurisdiction since the start of the year.

Maphephu added that most incidents involved women returning home in the evening after drinking or walking alone in the bush.

“I urge people to always walk in groups when they come from the bars or ask for company from trusted people when using bushy roads,” advised the top cop.

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