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No Pushover



No Pushover

Those who fight me shall lose- Balopi

“No one can push me out of the BDP and anyone who wages a war against me shall lose!”

The Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) Secretary General (SG), Mpho Balopi fired the above shot to his detractors last week amidst persistent allegations of plot to become party VP that have dogged him for months.

In an exclusive interview with The Voice Balopi said, “This is not the first time people have tried to drive a wedge between president Masisi and I. In the build up to 2014 general elections they did it, It also happened in 2019 when some elements within the party accused me of plotting the downfall of other politicians during Bulela Ditswe. (Primary elections) They joined forces with the opposition to de-campaign me but against all odds as a formidable force within that political environment I won. That was a vote of confidence and I do not take it for granted.”

Dismissing with contempt the rising crescendo of voices accusing him of forming a faction they have christened ‘Manong’ to position himself for the Chairmanship of the BDP at the July elective congress, Balopi said the rumours were nothing but a strategy meant to divide the party and make it lose focus of the 2024 campaign.

The SG warned his party rank and file to stay away from spreading rumours and focus on the mammoth task of retaining government.

“The BDP should know that these are not simple times that we live in. We have lost almost 13 seats in the Central District. Since 1965 it was the first time we lost constituencies there. There is absolutely no way we can say it is business as usual going forward. We should look at how we strategically approach the 2024 elections and what we need in terms of leadership and how we win back those constituencies,” he cautioned.

Meanwhile several news reports have surfaced recently alleging that Balopi was hatching a plot to challenge the Vice President Slumber Tsogwane for the chairmanship of the BDP.

“The SG is feeling intimidated by Presidential Affairs Minister Kabo Morwaeng, who seems to be President Masisi’s preferred candidate for VP after Tsogwane’s retirement,” a source from the BDP said, and went on to add that Balopi became suspicious when he was allocated a junior ministry when Morwaeneg got Presidential affairs bringing him closer to Masisi.

Balopi has denied any such ambition.

“Those are conspiracy theories. I work very well with president Masisi and the VP. I have never been divisive and I will never be. I have always been loyal to all the leaders. I am the longest serving SG after Masire and Kwelagobe and I have served four terms. I have been in the central committee since 2011, Some have come and gone and found me here because mine is to help the party and facilitate for it to be a successful political movement. I have always fought for the truth. They don’t tell you how I was subjected to ridicule in the build up to Kang when it was difficult to speak out,” said Balopi

Meanwhile The Voice has learnt that Balopi’s Ministry of Employment, Labour Productivity and Skills Development and Annah Mokgethi’s Ministry of Nationality, Immigration and Gender Affairs are to be dissolved next month and issues of employment and labour productivity placed under Presidential Affairs.

This would lead to formation of two ministries of Communications and Small and Medium Enterprises ahead of a cabinet reshuffle.

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Dr Gure’s anti climax



Dr Gure's anti climax

Ministry of Health silences sex doctor

Celebrity Medical Doctor, Thusang Gure who has been dishing out explicit sex advice on social media has been cautioned to stop.

The young Doctor with more than 200 000 followers on Facebook had become a darling of many women who religiously followed his sex lessons.

Although he started his sex talk during a late night show at one of the radio stations, Gure shot to social media fame when he started posting videos about sex on Facebook.

However, the excitement that came with his talks was last week brought to a screeching halt by the Ministry of Health and Wellness, leaving thousands of his fans and followers high and dry.

Information gathered by this publication has indicated that the Ministry was concerned that Dr Gure was masquerading as a sexologist (a specialist in sexual matters) when he was a General Practitioner.

According to the source, Gure who runs Medexo Private Clinic is a General Practitioner but his talks gave people an impression that he was a specialist by focusing on a specific area of medicine, especially in public.

“What he was doing was clearly advertising and medical practitioners are not allowed to do that. The other problem is that he googles most of the information he passes on to unsuspecting followers as expert advice,” the source stated

Asked why they summoned Dr Gure to the ministry, Chief Medical officer, Goabaone Rainer Mosimanegape said, “We as the regulator called him for a meeting and asked him to work hand in hand with us. We want to guide him so that he doesn’t look like he is encouraging some things which are out of line.”

Mosimanegape said that the ministry’s meeting with Dr Gure shouldn’t be viewed as a gag on Gure as he is a reasonable young man who was likely to take advice to stay in his lane.

“We didn’t summon him, we simply called him for a meeting which can help him going forward,” Mosimanegape emphasized.

Meanwhile, Dr Gure denied having any knowledge of the meeting.

“I am unaware of any such issues involving myself and if my name is used in any of your publications without factual basis then I reserve my legal rights,” he said in his response when asked to confirm if indeed he was warned to stop posting salacious sex advice.

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Police question Councillor in poaching probe



Umbrella for Democratic Change’s Councillor for Matlapana ward in Maun, Kobamelo Baikgodise, is among five men who have been questioned by Maun police over a buffalo poaching incident that reportedly took place in Khwai, about three weeks ago.

Baikgodise has however denied the arrest but said rather that he was summoned to the police station where he was questioned and wrote a statement over the incident which took place during the same weekend when he was in Khwai.

“As you may be well aware that I am friends with the Council Chairman, I had paid him a visit in Khwai during the weekend of the alleged poaching,” Baikgodise explained in a brief interview this week.

The Councillor stated that he had in fact taken the Council Chairman- Kebareeditse Ntsogotlho’s building material to Khwai and only went to the alleged poaching scene after Ntsogotlho’s injury.

“I was not at the scene, I was only alerted of his injury and that is when I went to the scene. I could not even talk to him because it was a bloody scene and he was in serious pain, so I did not even know what exactly happened that led to his injury,” Baikgodise explained.

The alleged poaching incident is still being investigated by the police who took the matter up following social media reports that the North West District Council Chairman, was attacked and injured by the buffalo early this month, during the extreme social distancing and movement lockdown.

Currently Ntsogotlho is hospitalised at Nyangabwe Referal Hospital where he is nursing thigh injuries.

Last week Ntsogotlho was hopeful that he would be released from hospital this week.

When shedding light on the matter, District No.5 police Commanding Officer, Peter Gochela, had stated that they have arrested and questioned some suspects on the matter but could not divulge names as they have not yet been charged.

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