Archive for December 7th, 2008

source: Republic of Botswana (6/12/08): TAUTONA TIMES no 40 of 2008
The Weekly Electronic Press Circular of the Office of the President “Democracy, Development, Dignity and Discipline”


Please find below Statement by the Hon. Minister for Defence, justice and Security at the UN Human Rights Council working Group Periodic Review as well as further response by the Minster. Please also note that this is an annual exercise in which all UN member states are expected to undertake.

[START]: Statement by Hon. Dikgakgamatso N. Seretse, Minister for Defence, Justice and Security on Presenting the Botswana National Report to the United Nations Human Rights Council Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review:

Mr. President, Distinguished Members of the TROIKA, Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen.

1. It is with great pleasure that I appear before this august body to present and introduce Botswana’s National Report to the Human Rights Council’s Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review. The preparation of the report has been an [continue reading]


source: The Star
By Kate Kelland
Saturday December 6, 2008

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Gordon Brown called on the international community on Saturday to tell Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe “enough is enough”.
File photo of Britain’s Prime Minister Gordon Brown in Leeds, northern England November 28, 2008. (REUTERS/Nigel Roddis)

Brown said a food crisis and cholera epidemic in Zimbabwe which have killed hundreds of people was an “international rather than a national emergency” that demanded a coordinated response.

“International because disease crosses borders. International because the systems of government in Zimbabwe are now broken. There is no state capable or willing of protecting its people,” Brown said in a statement.

“We must stand together to defend human rights and democracy, to say firmly to Mugabe that enough is enough.”

While Brown did not explicitly call for Mugabe to step down, his comments echo calls on [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
UN News Service (New York)
5 December 2008

Zimbabwe is now facing its worst cholera outbreak in over a decade, with the number of suspected cases of cholera in Zimbabwe in recent months having climbed to nearly 14,000, including 589 deaths reported, the United Nations announced today.

The bulk of cases have been reported in Harare, the capital of the Southern African nation, and the outbreak is a national one, with nine out of 10 provinces and two-thirds of regions affected.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) today cautioned that UN updates of the number of cases were based on reports to medical centres around Zimbabwe, and therefore not portraying the full picture.

The needs stemming from the cholera outbreak has pushed the Consolidated Appeal for Zimbabwe for 2009 to $550 million, and the agency also warned of a shortage of fuel supplies exacerbating the [continue reading]

source: Republic of Botswana (6/12/08): TAUTONA TIMES no 40 of 2008
The Weekly Electronic Press Circular of the Office of the President “Democracy, Development, Dignity and Discipline

C3) 3/12/08: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Press Release: Botswana to donate P3 million in humanitarian relief to Zimbabwe:

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation wishes to announce that in view of the humanitarian crisis facing the people of Zimbabwe, the Government of the Republic of Botswana has decided to donate an amount of P3 million (Three million Pula) towards health and food relief. The donation will be channelled through the World Health Organization (WHO), UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP).

Botswana is concerned at the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Zimbabwe. Reports of the recent cholera outbreak which has already claimed the lives of several hundred people and food shortages should trouble the conscience of humanity. We call upon the parties to the global political agreement signed on 15 September 2008 to seriously consider the interests of the people of Zimbabwe by quickly agreeing on the establishment of an all inclusive Government so that they can focus attention on the urgent needs of the people.

source: Sunday Business Post
Sunday, December 07, 2008 By Bill Corcoran in Cape Town

The cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe, that has claimed nearly 600 lives and spread to neighbouring countries, is increasing pressure on President Robert Mugabe to share power with the opposition or step down.

The country’s power-sharing deal has been deadlocked in recent months because of Mugabe’s insistence on his Zanu-PF party retaining control of key ministries, including the security forces. This effectively relegated the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) to junior partner in a new government.

However, the rapid spread [continue reading]

source: Republic of Botswana (6/12/08): TAUTONA TIMES no 40 of 2008
The Weekly Electronic Press Circular of the Office of the President “Democracy, Development, Dignity and Discipline”


Responses to Questions in Parliament by the Hon. Ministers for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration and Defence, Justice and Security

I. Questions answered in Parliament by the Minister for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, the Hon. Daniel Kwelagobe:

QUESTION NO 214 asked by Mr. D. Saleshando, MP (Gaborone Central)

To ask the Minister for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration:-

– to state whether or not the Vision Council has adopted any tool to monitor progress in attaining the pillars of Vision 2016; and
– to further state what progress has been made for each pillar and areas where the nation is lagging behind.


Mr. Speaker, the Vision Council has a [continue reading]