Archive for August 16th, 2008

source: BBC News

Botswana says its President Seretse Khama Ian Khama will boycott a summit of regional leaders because Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe has been invited.

The country has said that Mr Mugabe should not attend such gatherings until a power-sharing deal has been reached.

It is also urging its neighbours not to give legitimacy to the widely-condemned Zimbabwean presidential elections.

South African President Thabo Mbeki, who is mediating in the Zimbabwean talks, is hosting the summit.

Correspondents say Botswana’s move to boycott the 14-member Southern African Development Community (Sadc) summit is “unprecedented” and add that it shows growing opposition to Mr Mugabe’s continued rule.

Meanwhile, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called on [continue reading]

source: Bloomberg

By Nasreen Seria

Aug. 15 (Bloomberg) — Botswana’s inflation accelerated to an annual 15 percent in July as transport and food costs increased, the statistics office said.

The inflation rate rose from 14.5 percent in June, the Gaborone-based Central Statistics Office said in an e-mailed statement yesterday. Prices climbed 1.9 percent in the month.

Botswana’s central bank left its [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Tichaona Sibanda
15 August 2008

MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai arrived in Johannesburg on Friday, a day later than planned after authorities in Harare confiscated his Emergency Travel Document on Thursday, which they later returned.

Professor Elphas Mukonoweshuro, the MDC’ secretary for Foreign Affairs, told us from Johannesburg that the party delegation took the first morning flight from Harare.

Clarifying reports on what transpired at the airport on Thursday Mukonoweshuro lambasted the state media for what he termed ‘mischievous’ journalism, after reports said he and Tendai Biti, the secretary general abandoned the journey in solidarity with the confiscation of Tsvangirai’s travel documents.

‘Those reports are stupid. Our passports were taken from us even before Tsvangirai got to the airport. By the time our aides got them back, I was already home and there was no other flight to catch at that time,’ Mukonoweshuro explained.

On arrival in South Africa the MDC delegation immediately went on the offensive, meeting regional delegates and diplomats. One MDC official quipped that this was why Mugabe blocked them from leaving Harare Thursday.

‘The authorities probably thought we would have a [continue reading]

source: News24
15/08/2008 14:26 – (SA)

Legal teams for the state and African National Congress president Jacob Zuma will come to the Pietermaritzburg High Court on December 8 to argue over a date when he should stand trial.

Agreement over court dates, including the dates when documents needed to be submitted to court, was reached shortly before the two parties were due to appear in the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Friday.

According to the draft settlement agreement – the signed agreement that details dates when documents are to be submitted as well as dates when matters are to be argued in court – Zuma’s application to have a stay of prosecution would be heard on November 27 and 28.

Zuma would need to serve his papers for a stay of prosecution on the state by September 30.

Zuma’s co-accused – Thint Holding (Southern Africa) Pty Ltd and Thint (Pty) Ltd – will have their application for a stay of prosecution heard on November 25 and 26.

Charges

Zuma faces a charge of [continue reading]