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No sympathy for bitter politicians



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



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



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



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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