Archive for October 19th, 2008

The Presidential Directives

source: The Botswana Gazette

The game of politics is full of fireworks. Year 2008 has been full of deployment, redeployment, automatic succession, forced retirement, and many more in political circle in and around Africa and the world at large.

In Botswana April 1st was the day we witnessed automatic succession at its best, when the then vice president, formerly an army commander (who it’s rumored entered the army to be the youngest brigadier of the time) and the proud paramount chief of Bangwato, took the oath of office for the presidency.
It was a moment filled with excitement, anxiety, curiosity and skepticism among the citizenry. Since that moment there have been countless directives from the Office of the President, mainly positive, while rubbing others the wrong way. My writing should not be construed to demean this high office, but only an evaluation as observed by me.

All street vendors have been allowed to trade, protected especially from the terrorizing Gaborone city council bye-law officials, who will all of a sudden when they want to make news headlines, go around the city accompanied by the police and confiscating vendors’ goods.
Looking closely into this directive alone, one could come to [continue reading]

source: BOPA
17 October, 2008

MOCHUDI – The Assistant Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Duke Lefhoko, says the recent fires that ravaged most parts of the country have impacted negatively on economic diversification.

As tourism is one of the sectors believed to have a positive impact on sustaining the economy, he said the fires had affected it the most. Addressing the Kgatleng District Council meeting recently, Mr Lefhoko said the fires destroyed chunks of vegetation in the Central Kgalagadi Game Reserve and other areas blessed with wild flora and fauna.

Mr Lefhoko said an economy that relied on minerals was bound to collapse, citing countries such as Zambia that used to have flourishing economies by depending on a single commodity, copper, to generate revenue.

Mr Lefhoko explained that the ministry was in the process of reviving cooperatives, as they used to do well in the past but collapsed because of poor management and competition from well-managed businesses. He said the cooperatives policy was under review to [continue reading]

source: The Botswana Gazette

Strict Bye-laws Coming. The Government is working on byelaws that will control the sale of traditional liquor; it also proposes to ban ‘illicit’ traditional brews, which the Assistant Minister in the Ministry of Local Government,

Mr. Ambrose Masalila, described as ‘dangerous and unhealthy’.

In an interview with The Gazette the Assistant Minister said the existing trade laws do not address traditional alcoholic beverages and this has not made it easy for government to control illicit brews.
“We hope to come up with rules and regulations that will give us the impetus to ban some of these illicit brews.

People sell poisonous brews around the country and what we have realized is that even normal traditional beer can be made into concoctions with the help of dangerous liquids,” he said.
He said as a responsible government they cannot watch from the [continue reading]

source: BOPA
17 October, 2008

MAHALAPYE – BotswanaPost is committed to the principles of the universal service obligations which are based on the premise that communication is a fundamental human right, says Mr Bernhard Von Seydiltz of the Namibian High Commissionin Gaborone.

Officially launching Kitsong Centre in Machaneng, Mr Seydiltz said government formed a strategic partnership with the private sector essential to achieve digital divide, saying one such partner choice was BotswanaPost which would provide community access centers throughout the country.

Mr Seydiltz said the Kitsong Centre initiative was also in line with the long-term national vision of “An Educated and Informed Nation” and “A Prosperous, Productive and Innovative Nation” by 2016. Kitsong centers product mix [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Mandisa Mundawarara
18 October 2008

After four days of negotiations the two main political parties in Zimbabwe’s power sharing deal have failed to reach an agreement over the allocation of key ministries.

On Friday, opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai said he and Mugabe had failed to agree on the ministries, and called for the intervention of the African Union and SADC to help mediate the power sharing deal, and “to use their collective wisdom to assist Zimbabweans in crafting a sustainable way forward.”

Mr Tsvangirai said, “We believe that for an inclusive government to work, the principles of equitable sharing of power… should be embraced. It appears we are far apart on this principle.”

The negotiations over the allocation of the ministries have been ongoing for the past four weeks, with the latest round of talks beginning earlier this week as Parliament held its first working session under opposition control. Thabo Mbeki, the former South African president who is mediating the talks arrived in Zimbabwe on Monday night to try and save the agreement from collapse.

Mbeki however, was optimistic that the outstanding issues were “capable of solving themselves quite easily,” and added that SADC officials would discuss Zimbabwe on Monday at a [continue reading]