Steve Hansen has revealed that there might be some new and recurring faces in the All Blacks Rugby World Cup team. In an interview with Radio Sports Jim Kayes, Hansen acknowledged that rising Crusader's star Braydon Ennor has forced himself into the selection mix, in which will be a fiercely contested fight for midfielders. Hansen […]
South Africa Elections 2019
Greetings and welcome to JOHNCOOKINSIGHT on this Toowong, Brisbane late morning of Sunday, 26 May 2019 as we present an article from the current issue (20) of The Economist which we consider will be of interest to all current and former residents of South Africa: South Africa Now for the hard part Cyril Ramaphosa must […]
I absolutely love my Wendy House. It has been a home, an office and a store. Now I am faced with two options, to either cut it in half or have it removed. I broke the law. I unknowingly erected it over a building line and now the council want it demolished. When I advertised […]
•Jonathan lines up six aspirants, strikes deal with PDP NWC •Ex-President: My take on Bayelsa poll Former President Goodluck Jonathan and Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State are locked in a struggle to patch up their alleged strained relationship ahead of the November 16, 2019 governorship election in the State. Each of them wants his […]
The government of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán conducted intensive propaganda in preparation for the Fidesz–Christian Democratic People’s Party (KDNP) campaign for the May 23–26 European Parliament (EP) election. The slogan of the propaganda campaign was “For us, Hungary is first!” (Nekünk Magyarország az első!). The objective of these propaganda actions was to mobilize support for […]
Cyril Ramaphosa takes the oath of office as the President of the Republic of South Africa/EWN Cyril Ramaphosa has been sworn into office Saturday as South Africa‘s president before leaders of the world and about 30,000 spectators in Pretoria, the nation’s capital, Concise News reports. “I am humbled by the trust you have bestowed upon […]
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By Dipo Olowookere The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), an agency that registers Nigerians on a national database, has commenced the registration of Nigerians living in the United States of America (USA). The registration is part of the agencies commitment to include Nigerians in Diaspora into the National Identity Database. At the moment, the scheme […]
AUTHENTICITY CERTIFIED: Text version below transcribed directly from audio. Good Morning. Let me begin by thanking The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and Civil Advancement for Rural Empowerment Initiative (CARE) for their outstanding work in hosting this Town Hall Meeting. Katsina is beautiful. The hospitality of the Katsina people is legendary. [Thank you so much] […]
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MEETINGS COVERAGE SC/13821 22 MAY 2019 Permanent Representative Faults Arms Embargo for Limiting Security Forces while Giving Extremist Group Comparative Advantage The tasks of restoring cooperation between Somalia’s two tiers of government and denying Al-Shabaab the space to prepare and launch its attacks are vital for the country’s progress, senior officials told the Security Council […]
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has been sworn in before a 30,000-strong crowd, vowing to create jobs and tackle deep-rooted corruption. Mr Ramaphosa, the country’s fourth democratically elected president since the end of apartheid, took the presidential oath in a packed Loftus Versfeld stadium in capital Pretoria. “Today our nation enters a new era of […]
FILE PHOTO: Botswana’s President Ian Khama returns to his seat after giving a speech during the Botswana-South Africa Bi-National Commission (BNC) in Pretoria, South Africa, November 11, 2016. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko/File Photo
May 25, 2019
GABORNE (Reuters) – Former Botswana President Ian Khama quit the ruling party on Saturday as a policy feud with his hand-picked successor deepened, threatening to split the party that has ruled the country since independence in 1966.
Khama handed power to his then-deputy Mokgweetsi Masisi last year after serving as president of the diamond-rich southern African nation for a decade, and he remains an influential figure in the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP).
But Masisi, only the third person from outside the Khama political dynasty to lead Botswana since independence from Britain, has clashed repeatedly with his former ally since he took over.
Their latest disagreement was over Masisi’s decision to lift the suspension on big game hunting imposed by Khama’s government in 2014.
Khama told a gathering on Saturday in the northeastern village of Serowe, where he is paramount chief, he was switching support from the BDP to opposition alliance Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) ahead of an October general election.
“I came here to tell you that I am cutting ties with the BDP as I do not recognize this party anymore. It was a mistake to choose Masisi as my successor. I will now work with the opposition to make sure that the BDP loses power in October,” Khama said.
Khama served the maximum two terms as president before stepping down in a scripted succession that compelled him to hand power to his deputy.
In a 2014 general election, the BDP failed for the first time to score an outright majority as the country struggles to make its ailing economy less reliant on diamond sales.
(Reporting by Brian Benza; Writing by Mfuneko Toyana; Editing by Helen Popper)