Archive for April 24th, 2007

source: BOPA
23 April, 2007

PALAPYE – Unproductive workers in the public service delay project implementation, resulting in funds returned unspent to the finance ministry at the end of every financial year, Mr Boyce Sebetela, the MP for Palapye, has said.

Speaking at a Lotsane kgotla meeting in Palapye on Wednesday, Mr Sebetela said though government had money for projects, Batswana were unable to enjoy developments intended to them because some government employees were unproductive.

Mr Sebetela said in some instances, parents had to spend their money to buy books for their school children because a government employee failed to use resources on time.

He cited shortage of text and exercise books at schools in Palapye as one example of how incompetent officers could frustrate community development.

Mr Sebetela said in 1999, Palapye was promised a police station and though the project was allocated funds nothing had been done to date, hence the soaring crime rate in the village.

He said Palapye police who operated from a small office were overwhelmed by crime. He said the situation was likely to worsen as the population increased because of the expansion of Morupule Power Station and Morupule Mine, and the construction of a second university.

He said although the village was promised a bus and taxi rank, officials continued to reprioritize projects without the consent of Parliament. He said that made MPs appear dishonest to their electorates.

Mr Sebetela encouraged residents to work hand in hand with their representatives and dikgosi to demand better service from government.

For her part Itshupeng Monageng, a Lotsane resident, said the local market was flooded by cheap Asian goods. She said the small local businesses had disappeared from the scene.

Another resident, Mr Oitsile Gobatilwe, suggested that the government should lease farms to the youth instead of asking them to apply to the land boards for land allocation so that programmes such as Young Farmers Fund and Livestock Management Infrastructure Development could fully benefit the youth.

He said acquiring land in Botswana was a difficult process and as such youths were likely to miss the opportunities created by government assistance schemes. BOPA


source: allAfrica
Mmegi/The Reporter (Gaborone)

April 23, 2007
Posted to the web April 23, 2007

Bame Piet

Outgoing Botswana Police Commissioner Edwin Batshu says the establishment of an independent intelligence organisation is the brainchild of the Botswana Police Service. “It is us who advised government to establish an independent intelligence organisation,”

It is good for a country to have someone responsible for intelligence gathering to ensure nationBatshu told a farewell press conference in Gaborone last Friday. He said at the moment the commissioner of police “is the overseer of intelligence gathering, which makes his job very difficult”.al security, he stressed. “In fact, I am disappointed that to date we still do not have the organisation in place. There is too much work for the police commissioner now,” he said. The commissioner stated that economic growth in Botswana has earned her enemies, who needed to be detected before they could cause irreparable harm to the country.
Africa 2007

Batshu said it was only Botswana and Swaziland in the SADC region that did not have intelligence services. However, he declined to comment on the Intelligence Services and Security Bill, which has divided Parliament and cabinet and the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP).

Batshu has announced that he will retire at the end of June and that he [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Mmegi/The Reporter (Gaborone)

April 23, 2007
Posted to the web April 23, 2007

Fraser Mpofu

Botswana will not participate at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF), which begins in Bulawayo tomorrow. Over the years, the Botswana Export Development and Investment Authority (BEDIA) has brought a number of Botswana companies to exhibit at the ZITF, but for the first time in many years, Botswana will not be represented.

Speaking in a telephone interview from Gaborone, BEDIA’s export promotion officer Maxwell Mosinyi said instead of travelling for the show, the authority would arrange contact promotion initiatives.

“The ZITF is not among the trade fairs that we will participate in this year,” he said.

“However, Botswana companies will keep in contact with their Zimbabwean suppliers and customers through BEDIA because we will arrange contact promotion missions between them. Under this strategy [continue reading]