Archive for April 2nd, 2008

The Associated Press:

>The results show the opposition Movement for Democratic Change has won 105 seats in the House of Assembly so far, while the ruling party has won 93 seats. < source reports:
out of 200 constituencies

MDC: 98

source: BBC News

Zimbabwe’s opposition party says its leader Morgan Tsvangirai has won the presidential election, releasing its own results to back up the claim.

MDC Party Secretary General Tendai Biti said Mr Tsvangirai had won 50.3% of the vote to President Robert Mugabe’s 43.8%, so avoiding a run-off.

Results have yet to be officially declared but the state-run Herald newspaper has predicted a run-off.

The ruling Zanu-PF party has dismissed the MDC claim as “wishful thinking”.

Deputy Information Minister Bright Matonga said it was [continue reading]

source: BOPA
01 April, 2008

SEROWE – The merging of the Serowe and Mahalapye Citizen Entrepreneurial Development Agency (CEDA) offices and moving them to Palapye will allow the agency to attain its objectives.

Mr Oabile Regoeng, CEDAs Research and Public Relations Manager told BOPA that the organisation will start operating in Palapye at the beginning of April.

He said the move was long over due as the two afore-mentioned offices were highly affected by the reduction of applications inflow and stagnation of the agencys portfolio.

This state of affairs necessitated the need for a review of the entire branch network countrywide to determine their usefulness, economic size and the rationalisation process.

It therefore resulted in the merger of the two offices.

He said it was neither cost effective nor in the best interest of the agency to continue with the presence of the two offices in [continue reading]

MDC 91

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source: BOPA
01 April, 2008

GABORONE – Vice President Seretse Khama Ian Khama who today takes over the presidency from Mr Festus Mogae faces a number of challenges.

BOPA reporter Odirile Monyane looks at some of the imminent challenges the new president will have to address.

Lt Gen. Khama assumes office after elections in Zimbabwe. And if past events and reports by analysts are anything to go by, Botswana has to brace for an influx of immigrants from its north eastern neighbour.

Besides politics, economic woes have led to the displacement of people and exodus to neighbouring SADC countries.

Officials in Botswana have previously been quoted as saying the country spends millions of Pula in repatriating Zimbabwean illegal immigrants.

As a result, Mr Mogae and other southern African leaders have come under pressure from lobbyists and [continue reading]

source: BOPA
01 April, 2008

GABORONE – The Attorney General has conceded that a drafting oversight exists in the Botswana Constitution regarding succession to the office of State President.

Dr Athalia Molokomme was responding to recent media reports that questioned the presidential powers of an incoming state president upon retirement, death or resignation of the incumbent.

She described the status quo as a minor drafting oversight which has no material consequence on the validity of the automatic succession constitutional provision.

Dr Molokomme said the repealed subsection 35 (1) of the Constitution provided for a caretaker President for seven days, and therefore it was sensible to restrict his powers under section 35 (3).

Because the current provision puts in place a substantive President, subsection (3) should have ideally been consequentially amended by the removal of the reference to subsection (1).

The intention of Parliament, she said, was to introduce automatic succession by [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Business Day (Johannesburg)

2 April 2008
Posted to the web 2 April 2008

Dumisani Muleya

ZIMBABWEAN President Robert Mugabe lost the weekend’s closely contested presidential election and is desperately looking for a “safe exit”, say sources close to the election process.

This comes as pressure mounted last night for him to release the results.

Sources said Mugabe lost the election to main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai by 49% -43%.

The Zimbabwe Election Support Network said Tsvangirai was projected to get the most votes, with 49,4%, trailed by Mugabe with 41,8%.

If no candidate gets more than 50%, a run-off election must be held within three weeks.

Though Mugabe’s ruling Zanu (PF) was last night leading with [continue reading]

source: BOPA
01 April, 2008

GABORONE-Attitude towards foreign visitors has been identified as one of the challenges affecting the tourism sector in Botswana.

Giving a presentation at the breakfast seminar organised by Botswana National Productivity Centre (BNPC), Dr Phumzile Thobokwe, said Botswana ranked number 108 out of 130 in handling foreign visitors.

She said more had to be done to improve the sector as statistics showed that overall Botswana ranked No. 87 in Travel and Tourism with a score of 3.65.

She said the country must do well in the global market, adding that Botswana had lost ground in Travel and Tourism as statistics indicate.

Other factors affecting the sector, she said, were inadequate qualified labour, limited resources, poor infrastructure and HIV/AIDS.

Competitiveness is about continuous improvement so that others do not come forward and [continue reading]

source: Voice of America
By Scott Bobb
01 April 2008

Botswana has inaugurated a new president, its fourth since independence 42 years ago. He is Seretse Ian Khama, the son of the country’s first president. Correspondent Scott Bobb reports from our Southern Africa Bureau in Johannesburg.

Botswana’s fourth president, Seretse Ian Khama, took the oath of office in Gabarone before Chief Justice Julian Nkanono and a large crowd of onlookers.

“I, Seretse Khama Ian Khama, do swear that I will faithfully and diligently discharge my duties and perform my functions in the high office of the president of the Republic of Botswana,” he said.

The 55-year-old Seretse Ian Khama is the son of Botswana’s first president, Seretse Khama. Because he was vice president, he replaced President Festus Mogae who stepped down one year before [continue reading]

source: Irish Examiner

By Ian Guider
A CONSULTING firm chaired by former Tánaiste and Labour Party leader Dick Spring is in the running to win a contract to manage the national airline of Botswana.

Mr Spring, who has forged a successful business career since leaving politics in 2002, is the chairman of International Development Ireland, a company that specialises in consulting on project management in developing countries.

The company has been shortlisted to win a three-year contract to turn around the fortunes of Air Botswana.

It is up against the consulting arms of Air France and Lufthansa, as well as [continue reading]

source: Mmegi


Barclays Bank Botswana is strengthening its risk assessment procedures following the sudden collapse of long-haulage truck company, Lobtrans.

The collapse of Lobtrans saw the bank suffer a P73 million exposure and this pulled down its 2007 year end profit before tax by 16 percent from P349 million to P295 million.

Speaking at a media briefing in Gaborone yesterday, Barclays managing director, Thuli Johnson said that following the unfortunate fall of Lobtrans, they have started a review of their credit risk assessment procedures to ensure stricter management of the bank’s credit exposure.

“We have to increase robustness in our credit policy as well as eliminate some procedures and [continue reading]

MDC 85

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source: allAfrica

By Tichaona Sibanda
1 April 2008

The country’s defence and security chiefs have allegedly blocked the announcement of the presidential winner, after it emerged that Robert Mugabe came second to MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai.

A source within the MDC told us on Tuesday that their figures from all the 207 constituencies showed that their leader got 67 percent of the votes in the presidential race.

The MDC allege that officials from the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission handed the Joint Operations Command (JOC) the results that showed that opposition would also win the parliamentary race. The JOC is made up of service chiefs from the army, airforce, police, prisons and the CIO.

‘We got information that the service chiefs are divided over what to do with the stunning MDC victory. This is why they are trying to save Mugabe’s face by [continue reading]

source: International Herald Tribune
The New York Times

The opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai is in talks with advisers to President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, amid signs that some of those close to Mugabe may encourage him to resign, a Western diplomatic source and a prominent Zimbabwe political analyst said Tuesday. The negotiations about a possible transfer of power away from Mugabe began after he apparently concluded that a runoff election would be demeaning, a diplomat said.

A resignation by Mugabe, one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders, would be a stunning turnabout in a country where he has been accused of consistently manipulating election results to maintain his lock on power.

There is no guarantee the negotiations will succeed, and the situation could still deteriorate. But a Western diplomat and a political analyst said the opposition was negotiating with the Zimbabwean military, Central Intelligence Organization and prisons chief.

“The chiefs of staff are talking to Morgan and are trying to [continue reading]

source: BBC News

Zimbabwe’s opposition leader and a government minister have denied reports that a deal has been reached for President Robert Mugabe to step down.

Morgan Tsvangirai said he believed his Movement for Democratic Change had won Saturday’s election but declined to declare himself the winner.

He said his party would reveal their tally of results on Wednesday.

Bright Matonga, Zanu-PF’s Deputy Information Minister, also rejected reports of a deal.

Parliamentary results released so far show that [continue reading]