Monday, August 8, 2022

Obscene graffiti mars BDP Tonota primaries

An obscene writing on the screen wall of Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly and Tonota South Member of Parliament Pono Moatlhodi’s residence in Madisakwane ward has left his wife and some residents dumbfounded. A maid at the house told Sunday Standard team that they were alerted to the writing by members of the public who were passing by the yard. The maid, who claims she did not go out to investigate on receiving the report, claimed that the legislator attended to the report and immediately informed the police.

“I do not know what was written on the wall. Moatlhodi attended to the report and informed the police who came”, said the maid who refused to disclose her name. The incident was confirmed by Tonota police station commander Superintendent Robson Maleka who said there was an obscene writing on the wall when they arrived at Moatlhodi’s residence. “We found an obscene writing on the screen wall. We do not know who did it. We received the report on Thursday morning and immediately attended to it. We are investigating and at the moment we cannot express an opinion as to who is likely to have done it because our investigations are still at a preliminary stage. We photographed the script and immediately erased it because it was distasteful”, said Maleka. He further refused to link the writing to the ongoing Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) primary elections campaign because it would be unethical of him to express an opinion which cannot be supported by any evidence. Maleka further refused to divulge inscription contents save to say the “words were distasteful”. He added that a chalk may have been used to inscribe the unsavoury words.

Moatlhodi’s wife, Iris, also confirmed that her husband phoned her and informed her about the incident as she was away in Bobonong on personal errands. Speaking from Bobonong, Iris said she was shocked by the incident. “I just heard about it and I’m quite unhappy. I suspect it was done by his political rivals because a lot has been happening of late. I doubt if it was done by Madisakwane primary school pupils although I haven’t seen the handwriting. If it is the primary school kids, why should they do it now at the time of the primaries? It raises a lot of suspicion. I am quite unhappy because this does not accord well with our cultural values.

I don’t know why some people want to stoop that low”, said Iris adding that her husband has gone to the cattle post where there is no network coverage. Several attempts to speak to the legislator were futile as his mobile phone was off air. While this particular incident can’t be linked to the ongoing BDP primaries campaign, last week Moatlhodi claimed that he was nearly assaulted by his rival and President Ian Khama’s right hand man Thapelo Olopeng during Sekoko Primary School tenth anniversary celebrations. Olopeng on the other hand dismissed Moatlhodi’s claims maintaining that he is not boxer and has never a single day crossed paths with the legislator.


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