Thursday, April 25, 2024

Kapinga lays another criminal charge against Gaborone Central MP

There is (literally) plenty of beef between the Okavango MP, Kenny Kapinga and his Gaborone Central counterpart, Tumisang Mangwegape-Healy. In what may be developing into a pattern, the two MPs traded crime-themed barbs at each other last week on the back of a parliamentary question that Mangwegape-Healy had asked.

The first shot was fired weeks ago by the Gaborone Central MP when he mentioned, quite out of context, that Kapinga, a former Deputy Commissioner of the Botswana Police Service, was caught trying to smuggle meat across a foot-and-mouth (FMD) checkpoint in his constituency. Rising on a point of order (but never denying the allegation), Kapinga retaliated by saying that not only does Mangwegape-Healy do hard drugs and had once been booked into a drug rehabilitation facility, he also sells drugs. Mangwegape-Healy never responded to this allegation but took the opportunity of follow-up on a parliamentary question he had asked to repeat the charge that Kapinga had tried to smuggle meat across an FMD checkpoint. While he contrived to make the charge relevant to the question he had asked, this had “revenge” written all over it.

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