Botswana’s former president backs opposition ahead of election

first_imgUganda President Museveni Releases Song Ahead Of National Election Botswana’s former president quits ruling party Botswana parliament dissolved ahead of October electioncenter_img Botswana former president Ian Khama Sereste delivers a speech to announce his departure from the Botswana Democratic Part (BDP) which has ruled since independence more than half a century ago, on May 25, 2019, during a meeting in his home village in Serowe. – Botswana’s former president Ian Khama on Saturday quit the governing BDP which has ruled since independence more than half a century ago, citing a fall-out between him and his successor. It is the first time in Botswana that an ex-president has abandoned the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) in the history of a 57-year-old organisation which has ruled Botswana uninterrupted since independence in 1966, (Photo by Monirul BHUIYAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MONIRUL BHUIYAN/AFP/Getty Images) Ian KhamaBotswana’s influential former president Ian Khama on Sunday threw his weight behind the opposition, a fierce critic of his when he was leader, in a bid to oust his handpicked successor in the country’s upcoming elections.Earlier this year Khama dramatically defected from the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP), which has ruled the southern African country since it gained independence from Britain in 1966.His departure and condemnation of President Mokgweetsi Masisi has thrown the party into an internal crisis ahead of a high-stakes general election on October 23.The vote will test the strength of the BDP after more than five decades in control of the diamond-rich country, which has a reputation as a beacon of stability in a troubled continent.Khama, a 66-year-old former general whose father led the country to independence, had a bitter fall-out with his former deputy Masisi after he took office last year.At a rally in his eastern home town Serowe on Sunday, Khama told thousands of supporters that the BDP — which was co-founded by his father — was dead.“The party of the founding father of the republic is no more. It is dead,” he said.“Let us go and vote BPF and UDC,” Khama said, referring to the Botswana Patriotic Front, a party formed by his allies who split from the ruling party, and the main opposition coalition Umbrella for Democratic Change.He urged voters to cast their ballots for the UDC in constituencies where the BPF was not fielding a candidate.Khama even endorsed the UDC’s leader Duma Boko.“Life will be good like before,” if voters elect Boko, he said.It represents a remarkable turnaround from Khama’s time in office from 2008-2018, when the UDC was a fierce critic.In the run-up to the 2014 election, Boko even claimed he was on a hit list of Khama’s party.The former president has said he regrets having chosen “autocratic, intolerant” Masisi as he successor.Khama is a traditional chief of Serowe, which sits in a central region that has been a traditional BDP stronghold and could be critical in the elections.Relatedlast_img read more

Embassy hosts free medical care day in Kalinago Territory

first_img Share Share 15 Views   no discussions LocalNews Embassy hosts free medical care day in Kalinago Territory by: – October 26, 2013 Sharing is caring!center_img Share Tweet Photograph compliments: Second Secretary, José Antonio OlavarríaThe Venezuelan Embassy in Dominica is hosting a day of free medical care to residents of the Kalinago Territory at the Salybia Primary School grounds.This activity is a collaboration between the Embassy, the Ministry of Carib Affairs and the Cuban International Brigade.As part of the free medical care day a pediatrician, dermatologist, surgeon, internist, gastroenterologist and general practitioner will provide care to the participants.The free medical care also forms part of a day of solidarity with the people of the Kalinago Territory.Photograph compliments: second secretary, José Antonio OlavarríaVenezuelan Ambassador Hayden Pierla Sanchez, Cuban Ambassador Eleana Ramos and second secretary, José Antonio Olavarría are part of the delegation.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

‘Really here to stay’ – Finn Harps and 50 years of League of Ireland survival

first_img“My God, they have elected a team with a set of goalposts and two junior players to the league. Now I have seen everything.”Bill Kelly of the Sunday Press was dismayed by the decision, in the summer of 1969, to admit Finn Harps into the League of Ireland.Picture: The Finn Harps team which lost 10-2 against Shamrock Rovers on this weekend in 1969 The comments of Kelly at 80 Merrion Square, the former headquarters of the FAI, on the evening of their admission into the League, were echoed by others throughout Ireland. A crowd of eager pressmen, photographers and officials from various clubs had gathered at the FAI base as the top brass discussed a number of applications – including that of Finn Harps FC.From not long after the club’s formation, in 1954, it had been the dream of Patsy McGowan, the then manager, to take the Ballybofey club into senior football.The dissenting voices shrilled.Dan Morrissey, of Cork Hibs, wondered of the logistics to McGowan and the Harps Chairman, Fran Fields. “If you were admitted to the League, how do you expect Cork Hibs to get to Donegal?’McGowan was never slow with his answers.“Mr Morrissey, if we are admitted, we will get to Cork; how you get to Donegal is your affair!”.Soon, the door burst open and the news relayed that two new clubs had been accepted. Athlone Town and Finn Harps were in.A reporter told McGowan that Harps would become the League of Ireland’s ‘Cinderella’. Again, though, the Balybofey man had his riposte ready.“The only difference being that when the click strikes 12 we’ll be staying to enjoy the ball!”Fifty years ago this week, Harps played their first ever game in the League of Ireland – famously losing 10-2 against Shamrock Rovers.Ever since, it has been a story of survival and of defying the odds. McGowan vowed that he would have Harps in Europe within five years, but he was wrong – they were in the UEFA Cup just four years later!Success, in terms of winning trophies at the top level, has been confined to a sole FAI Cup win in 1974.That image of Jim Sheridan, the captain, raising the silverware aloft at Dalymount Park, remains one of the club’s iconic images.Jim Sheridan lifts the FAI Cup in 1974Success, though, surely, can really measured by the club’s ability to survive and keep on keeping on.The very existence to this day, in a League where the next car crash is never too far in the distance, is, in itself a tale of success for Finn Harps FC.Harps include some of the League of Ireland’s greatest named among their history.Brendan Bradley is the LOI’s finest goalscorer, netting 181 times for Harps.The likes of Con McLaughlin, Jonathan Speake and Kevin McHugh took the baton and carried it with distinction.Harps are back in the Premier Division again this season and battling survival – just like always, fighting for their lives and their futures all at once.Harps have overcome a series of set-backs and a sequence of financial crises over the last couple of decades, but as they play in a ten-team Premier Division for the first time, serving relegation in 2019 could well go down as one of the club’s greatest accomplishments.Brian Wright scores Harps’ first ever goal in the League of IrelandCurrent boss Ollie Horgan is the club’s second longest-serving manager, after McGowan. The battles with finance and geography are constant.The day of Horgan’s first game encapsulated the difficulties of the club at the time.Harps were playing Cockhill Celtic in Buncrana in a pre-season friendly. On the morning of the gear, Harps’ struggles were laid bare.The kitbag had no socks.Those from the 2013 kit had disappeared at the season’s end and the zipper hadn’t been pulled on the hold all as one year became another.Club secretary John Campbell and Charlie McHugh – a fundraising mainstay at the club – headed for McElhinney’s Stores. The sports department happened to have 17 pairs of green socks on the shelf. The Harps men cleared the lot.A 20 per cent discount softened the blow on a day when Harps had to ‘borrow’ Cockhill’s Lee McCarron (who would go on to sign for Harps) after goalkeeper Conor Winn got injured.Consider that Harps have seen off Cork Hibs, Home Farm, Kildare County, Kilkenny City, Monaghan United, Newcastlewest and St James’s Gate, among others in their 50 years.Shelbourne, Cork City, Derry City, Galway United and Shamrock Rovers have come back from the brink and re-formed.Harps, though, have managed to retain their identity and keep the ship afloat, however choppy the waters might have been.Players Paddy McGrory and Charlie Ferry with Fran Fields, Patsy McGowan and the FAI CupThe likes of Glenmalure Park, Gortakeegan, Ballygowan Park, Buckley Park and Flower Lodge are all among the lost of former League of Ireland venues and yet Finn Park still stands.The old place down Navenny Street is a rusting monument to glory days of the past and, yet, in a strange way it gives rise to a sense of hope. It is that hope that has endured generations now. Outdated it may be but, like the club it houses, Finn Park has continued to survive.And it’s ‘ours’, of course. It is where many hearts still skip a few beats and Harps’ fan-owned model ensures the club retains a close-knit feel, even if the spending power is dwarfed by their Premier Division peers. Horgan, as they had to on that morning of his first friendly, has had to shop for bargains.Finn Harps won the FAI Cup in 1974.Crowds have dropped form the halcyon days of the 70s and European nights against Everton, Derby County, Aberdeen and Busaspor, but the hardcore remains a loyal base of pilgrims.There have been recent pointers to that oft-used ‘sleeping giant’ phrase when wins over Limerick FC and Derry City have had the old place heaving at its seams.And on those big nights, when the flames flicker brightest, the old line dances defiantly across the Finn’s waters.‘Finn Harps, Finn Harps…We’re really here to stay’.‘Really here to stay’ – Finn Harps and 50 years of League of Ireland survival was last modified: August 17th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:2019 League of Ireland Premier DivisionBrendan BradleyBrian WrightCon McLaughlinfinn harpsJim SheridanKevin McHughOllie HorganPatsy McGowanlast_img read more