Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Kwelagobe to intervene in fight between Masisi & Khama

By Mpho Keleboge

Former Cabinet Minister and veteran politician Daniel Kwelagobe has accused Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) President Duma Boko of fuelling and causing instability within the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP).

Speaking in an interview on the sidelines of President Mokgweetsi Masisi’ State of the Nation Address (SONA) Kwelagobe said Boko caused instability within BDP when he brought a Motion of No confidence against President Mokgweetsi Masisi.

Kwelagobe said he intends to intervene and find a solution to the protracted battle between President Mokgweetsi Masisi and his predecessor Ian Khama.

Kwelagobe’s intention to mediate in the ongoing feud between the two man comes on the heels of reports that Khama’s blue-eyed boy Tshepang Mabaila has also shown interest to  do that.

 “I will approach Phuti (Khama) and find a lasting solution as to the differences between the two democrats,” said Kwelagobe.

Kwelagobe is expected to join other BDP veterans who are currently trying  help resolve the impasses between Khama and Masisi.   President Masisi announced during State of the Nation Address that he asked some elders amongst them David Magang, Ray Molomo and Patrick Balopi to help resolve the matter but regrettably to no effect.

For his part, Boko said when he moved a motion of No confidence against Masisi, he had realized that there were serious problem within BDP and there was an urgent need to fuel and cause strife within the ruling party.

“I’m a strong politician and fighter, and this issue will remove BDP from power. I have long realised that there is an issue here which will take Masisi down. I moved a motion of no confidence not primarily because of National Petroleum Fund but also on a number of decisions taken by Masisi,” said Boko.

Boko also slammed Alliance for Progressives President Ndaba Gaolathe’s motion on Presidential Commission of Inquiry regarding the NPF saga arguing that the outcome of it would not allow prosecution to take place because the President can decide on whether to take action against perpetrators or just to lock the findings of the inquiry for himself. Boko called on an audit of the NPF and not Presidential Commission of Inquiry.

“Even those who called on Presidential Commission of inquiry are just clueless because it is not a criminal investigation, every criminal investigations in this country under section 2 of the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act, there is how it is supposed to be done, ”said Boko.

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