Archive for January 10th, 2008

source: BOPA
10 January, 2008

FRANCISTOWN – The delay and backlog in Botswanas justice system will soon be a thing of the past come February 1 when Judicial Case Management (JCM) comes into practice.

The JCM, which is a mechanism for the control of civil cases by judges instead of attorneys, will be introduced first at the High Courts of Lobatse and Francistown with a view to reduce the attendant delays in the disposal of cases particularly civil ones.

In an interview shortly after a JCM seminar for magistrates in Francistown yesterday, the Deputy Registrar and Master for Lobatse High Court , said the administration of justice is facing major challenges of delays in the processing of cases. Mr Gabriel Rwelengera said there is a huge backlog of cases which are not ready for trial.

Also, he said even if cases are ready their volume before individual magistrates is so much that it takes a long time to have them tried because of the long waiting list .

As a solution to this problem Mr Rwelengera said JCM is intended to [continue reading]

Btv to screen AFCON?

source: BOPA
10 January, 2008

GABORONE – The national broadcaster, Botswana Television (Btv) is doing all it can to enable Batswana to watch the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals.

The continental soccer showpiece takes place in Accra, Ghana, from January 20 to February 10.

Mrs Neoyame Setsile-Shirima, public relations officer of the [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

RYDER GABATHUSE
STAFF WRITER

FRANCISTOWN: The Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) central committee is this week expected to deliver its ruling on Professor Sheila Tlou’s protest over the outcome of the Palapye primaries, Mmegi has learnt.

This follows the hearing by a three-person central committee chaired by BDP deputy secretary general Kentse Rammidi in Palapye last Saturday.

Other members were Communications, Science and Technology Minister Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi and party executive secretary Dr Comma Serema.

Although it was earlier feared that the process might take long before Health Minister Tlou could know the fate of her protest over the December 22 primaries’ results, Mmegi can confirm that the ruling is expected this week.

“We expect the ruling as [continue reading]

source: International Herald Tribune

NAIROBI: Hundreds of Kenyans fearing new political violence fled the country’s west Wednesday, but the president urged refugees not to abandon their homes and insisted he would hold on to power despite allegations that he had stolen an election.

Diplomats worked to end a conflict that has killed more than 500 people since the Dec. 27 presidential vote. President Mwai Kibaki assured the visiting African Union chairman Wednesday that he was ready for dialogue, although he has resisted outside mediation and the opposition insists it will not negotiate without it.
Kibaki made his first trip to a trouble spot, addressing more than 1,000 refugees in western Kenya, many of whom had fled blazing homes and were pursued by rock-throwing mobs wielding machetes and bows and arrows.

“Do not be afraid,” Kibaki said at a school transformed into a camp for the displaced in the corn-farming community of Burnt Forest. “The government will protect you. Nobody is going to be chased from where they live. Those who have been[continue reading]

source: Mmegi

Botswana has secured partial funding for the upgrading and expansion of the Sir Seretse Khama International Airport terminal building and specialised equipment.

Ministry of Finance PS, Serwalo Tumelo says the country has got a loan of $20,590,000 (about P126,319,000) from the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID). The airport project is expected to cost P526,883,100 and Tumelo says the balance is being sought from other sources. The works [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
UN Integrated Regional Information Networks

9 January 2008
Posted to the web 9 January 2008

Harare

Post-election violence in Kenya is creating pre-election nervousness among Zimbabwe’s voters ahead of parliamentary and presidential elections in March, and people are beginning to stockpile food in the event of any possible unrest.

Donald Dombo, a government employee, said he saw most of his “colleagues in the civil service starting to hoard food and firewood in their homes in case the Kenyan syndrome of violence spreads to Zimbabwe after the elections”.

He told IRIN that, “I am planning to take my family to the countryside because I fear that if there are to be any violent demonstrations, then they would be held in urban areas.”

The scheduled elections will [continue reading]