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No sympathy for bitter politicians

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Politicians never cease to amaze.

When they wine and dine as the ruling elite, nothing and nobody else matters. But the moment they are kicked out for one reason or the other, they start to recognise the very same people they so neglected.

As one Twitter user aptly put it, former senior members of Zanu PF only talk sense when they are no longer on the feeding trough.

This was in reference to erstwhile Zanu PF kingpin and cabinet minister Saviour Kasukuwere, who now wants or expects the masses to see him as a victim of the current regime.

During his heydays, before he was forced into exile when the late former President Robert Mugabe was booted out, Kasukuwere was untouchable.

He had the power, he had the money and lived like a king. Indeed, he reportedly owned a 50-roomed house in one of the Harare’s up market suburbs!

And he had no reason to engage with the people. In fact the once feared politician was known to be cruel and ruthless especially when dealing with political opponents.

Fast forward to the present moment, Kasukuwere is now preaching peace and love.

In his Tweet, which drew a barrage of criticism and insults, he says, “We have to drop this tide of cruelty and hatred of each other and pick up love for one another. Our nation faces serious challenges including hunger yet we quarrel endlessly. We face an uncertain future if we remain obstinate and unwilling to listen to the people.”

His message does not end there as he goes on to say, “It is not hatred of each other that will take our country out of this challenge, but a need to collectively confront the elephant in the room.”

By the way, Kasukuwere’s tweet comes in the wake of the regime’s decision to repossess his farm in the Mashonaland Central province.

He is, however not the only one set to lose his farm. All Mugabe’s allies will soon be landless as those in power have decided they are no longer worthy of those farms, after all they got them when they were still counted amongst the who is who of Zanu PF.

Anyway, Kasukuwere must have regretted posting the Tweet because instead of getting sympathy, people were quick to tell him to ‘sit down’ as he was bitter that he no longer had his hands in the cookie jar.

Twitter user, Viva Wiwa Viva summed it up perfectly when he wrote, “You preach now because you need us. When we needed you, you battered us and murdered our brothers and sisters. You scoffed at us and made us your subjects Mr Snake, we will not forget what you did to us.”

Kasukuwere was not the only one to be told the bitter truth.

Former cabinet minister, Prof Jonathan Moyo, who is also in exile, was told to go hang when he reminded people that his father was killed during the Gukurahandi era when more than 20, 000 people were massacred in the Midlands and Matabeleland provinces in the early 80s at the instigation of Mugabe and President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

He now sees the cruelty of these men especially the latter. Yet for so many years he gladly served both in the party and government!

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  1. Cheerful

    February 25, 2020 at 3:43 pm

    The issue is SADC as a regional bloc is not doing enough for the ordinary people in the region except entertain ruthless rulers

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How Gov bluddered on first Corona virus death

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*Hundreds exposed to the virus

Government secrecy and unreliable communication this week dealt a devastating blow to the fight against Corona virus, exposing hundreds of people to infection in Gaborone and surrounding areas.

As people reeled from the announcement of the first Corona Virus death in the country on Tuesday afternoon, it has emerged that government had known about the 79- year- old Ramotswa woman’s status since Thursday last week and concealed the information both to the family and mortuary that handled her body.

On Wednesday afternoon traumatised Babereki Ka Lorato Mortuary staff spoke of how they were unnecessarily exposed to the deadly virus.

Speaking in an interview with The Voice Newspaper on Wednesday, the concerned Chairman of the mortuary, Martin Gabokake said the woman was brought in a body bag on Friday.

“Our employees asked why someone who had died at Bamalete Lutheran hospital a day before was brought in a body bag and they were told she died of asthma, and so they let the body in and handled it in the manner they normaly handle all other bodies,” Gabobake explained.

He went on further to explain that it was only yesterday that to their shock and horror the staff was told of the true nature of the old woman’s passing.
“ Had we been told the truth to begin with, the body would have been handled in a safer way. The fact that they brought her in a body bag means they new something and they blatantly lied to us,” Gabobake said.

Her funeral was also not accorded the security screening associated with Covid-19 deaths, a source has revealed. Health officials have since asked villagers who had attended the old woman’s funeral to submit for testing as they to may have been exposed to the virus.

This was another terrible blunder by government. Had they disclosed that the old woman had died of COVID -19 or even told us that she was a suspected case, most of us would have kept away,” said the source.

Meanwhile government moved to quarantine 14 family members on Tuesday. All mortuary employees and close associates of the woman were also locked up for observation on Wednesday.

Colleagues of the deceased grandson, who works for a local hotel, have also been summoned for mandatory testing.

“Her grandson (name known to this publication) continued working with us and it was business as usual. He did not know his grandmother had the virus and died from it. They were very close. He is the one who took care of her and took her for hospital visits,” the worried colleague has revealed.

Efforts to get a comment from the grandson were futile at the time of going to press. In a telephone interview from quarantine he told The Voice that he wished for privacy.

Botswana has recorded one death as a result of the COVID-19 with three positive cases currently stable at the Sir Ketumile Teaching Hospital in Gaborone.

There are 189 negative results, 593 lab test performed and 1856 people currently on quarantine.

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Politicians clash over Covid-19 meeting

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The fight against Covid-19 stepped into the periphery of partisan politics this week as the absence of Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) leaders sparked accusations and counter-accusations over their invitation to President Mokgweetsi Masisi’s closed meeting.

UDC President, Duma Boko and party vice president, Dumelang Saleshando, were not part of the delegation that attended the three-hour long meeting.

Although Masisi stated that Boko, like other party leaders was invited, the UDC has vehemently denied the claim.

In a press release that was issued last night the UDC said. “We have noted the events that have been evolving around the Covid-19 pandemic, its a serious matter that requires all of us to work genuinely. We value and encourage national dialogue on important matters such as the fight against Covid 19. The truth is that the UDC president has not received any invitation from Office of the President and we call OP to provide proof.”

However, when the UDC Spokesperson, Moeti Mohwasa was asked about calls made to him by OP, he said, ” I was asked about Boko’s whereabouts by Kaelo Molefe and I told him I was in Phikwe. I asked him to check him at his house. This morning I got another call from Professor Mpho Molomo who said he had Boko’s invitation to a meeting with President Masisi and I suggested that they go to his house, an address which is popular within the government enclave. I indicated to him that I had received a similar call from Kaelo Molefhe and he said he was with him. Kaelo knows where Boko stays having been his associate in the build-up to the 2014 General Elections. So quite frankly I doubt he would say he does not know Boko’s house. As regards Nick and Keorapetse I cannot comment on their behalf, ” explained Mohwasa last night.

Dithapelo Keorapetse too said that the OP was being playful. “Why would they contact me for DGB? They are aware of his PA, VP, Secretary General, Spokesperson and UDC NEC. These are the people from who to check him. Whoever wants the UDC President from me for official things is playing. The state has been to his house several times. How did they suddenly forget his place of abode? Even Kaelo knows Boko’s House from his UDC days, ” said Keorapetse.

The accusations did not go well with the BDP Chairman of Communications, Kagelelo Kentse, who expressed concern that the UDC was turning a pandemic into a political mudsling.

He said that all efforts including calls, text, WhatsApp messages to Boko, Moeti, Keorapetse and Boko’s bodyguard were made without any success. “There is a communication trail to prove this. UDC must know when to come to the table and be patriotic on issues on national interest such as COVID-19, its very disappointing for a party calling themselves an alternative government to behave in this manner but Batswana are watching and we know they will punish them for this.”

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