Archive for February 26th, 2009

source: BOPA
26 February, 2009

GABORONE – Permanent Secretary to the President (PSP), Mr Eric Molale has decried laxity and complacency in the public service.

Addressing ministry officials, directors, district commissioners and council secretaries in Gaborone yesterday, Mr Molale regretted the continued down spiral of productivity in the service.

“Standards have been taking a nosedive over a period of time and this calls on you to exercise sound leadership and control.” He also complained that his call in 2007 for a public service that is efficient, recognises urgency and does its work in a cost effective manner has gone unheeded. Consequently, Botswana’s good policies and programmes have not been matched by equally good implementors due to laxity and complacency. Mr Molale also blamed lack of decentralisation and devolution of authority to districts. He cited instances where schools still paid suppliers after six months as authorization had to come from head offices instead of regional offices.

“There is need for improved collaboration and information flow from the central government to districts.”Mr Molale expressed worry over indiscipline among some directors, district commissioners and [continue reading]

source: Republic of Botswana (23/2/09): TAUTONA TIMES no 4 of 2009
The Weekly Electronic Press Circular of the Office of the President “Democracy, Development, Dignity and Discipline”

C1) 23/2/09: Press Release (1) Re: Afrobarometer – 88% Approval for President Khama’s leadership; Survey shows strong public support for Government efforts

The Botswana results 2008 Afrobarometer Survey were released on Friday. Prominent among the surveys finding’s was record high level’s of public support for the leadership of H.E. the President, Lt. General Seretse Khama Ian Khama.

Asked “do you approve or disapprove of the way President Ian Khama has performed his job since taking Office in April 2008?” a total of 88% said they approved, with 52% saying that they strongly approved. Only 8% said they disapproved of the President’s performance.

The President’s approval rating was [continue reading]

source: Republic of Botswana (23/2/09): TAUTONA TIMES no 4 of 2009
The Weekly Electronic Press Circular of the Office of the President “Democracy, Development, Dignity and Discipline”

C2) 23/2/09: Press Release (2): Re: Afrobarometer – Batswana Satisfied with their Democratic Institutions, Rule of Law; Majority of Batswana reject direct election of President, public funding of political parties.

The recently released 2008 Afrobarometer Survey has revealed high levels of satisfaction among Botswana citizens in the state of their democracy and governing institutions.

Personal & Political Freedom

Asked how much of a democracy is Botswana today, 91% of the respondents expressed satisfaction, with [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

The Minister of Defence, Justice and Security Ndelu Seretse, has come to the defence of the police after a spate of police “shoot to kill” incidents.

Since the beginning of the year, two people have been shot and killed by the police in different incidents in Maun and recently in Gaborone. The police have admitted that the young man who was killed in Maun was not the one that they were looking for.

In the past, there were a number of cases in which members of security forces shot and killed suspected robbers. Opposition parties and human rights activists have expressed concern over the police shootings.

However, Minister Seretse said yesterday that this does not [continue reading]

source: Republic of Botswana (23/2/09): TAUTONA TIMES no 4 of 2009
The Weekly Electronic Press Circular of the Office of the President “Democracy, Development, Dignity and Discipline”

C5) 17/2/09: PARLIAMENTARY QUESTION 327 asked Mr. P.M. Masimolole, MP. (Mogoditshane):

To ask the Minister of Defence, Justice and Security to brief this Honourable House on the imposition of corporal punishment by courts in Botswana particularly:-

i) Who is liable thereof;

ii) What is the maximum number of strokes that can be imposed on an individual; and

iii) Whether the variations to the imposition of corporal punishment which were indicated by [continue reading]

source: BOPA
25 February, 2009

GABORONE – Forty four field assistants were engaged in the Serowe/Palapye sub- district to measure fields, agriculture minister, Mr Christian De Graaff Answering a question in Parliament, he said five vehicles were dedicated for use by field assistants with additional transport reinforcement provided by the district agricultural officer.

Palapye MP Moiseraela Goya had wanted to know the number of field assistants hired for the sub district during the current ploughing season.

Mr Goya also wanted to know whether they were provided with enough vehicles to enable them to perform their functions accordingly.

Answering another question from Mr Goya, Mr De Graaff said there were inadequacies in [continue reading]

No More Politics at UB?

source: The Botswana Gazette
Written by Botswana Gazette online
Thursday, 26 February 2009 00:00

UB Senate Approves Controversial Policy that the BCP Deputy Leader Believes was Drafted by the BDP.

The University of Botswana Senate resolved at a meeting held last Wednesday to pass the controversial policy that bans political activities on campus.
When the draft policy was circulated for discussion the document was rejected by all faculties, The Gazette has learnt.

Asked for comment, one of the UB lecturers, Botswana Congress Party (BCP) deputy leader, Dr Kesitegile Gobotswang, said they believe the document is politically motivated and is part of a broader scheme of the ruling party to undermine the BCP, which it fears. “One can safely say the UB community has been ambushed,” he said.
“It is unfortunate that the UB management decided to play politics by coming up with politically motivated policies. Very soon they will run the university like a high school with a prefect system to address their shortcomings in addressing student grievances. The whole process was not transparent. At UB consultation has been [continue reading]

source: BOPA
25 February, 2009

GABORONE – The Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC) management is not in an agreement with the government’s formula used to calculate defined benefits for the former Department of Posts and Telegraphs employees.

In 1980, BTC employed former government employees who transferred to the corporation from the Former Department of Posts and Telegraphs.

These were members of a defined benefit plan and opted not to become members of the BTC Staff Pension Fund, which is a defined contribution plan.

The Auditor General’s report for the financial year ending in March states that the BTC set aside 14 per cent of [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The Bank of Botswana (BoB) will relax monetary policy in 2009 to complement the expansionary fiscal policy recently adopted by government in a bid to address the imminent decline in economic activity due to the global crisis.

BoB governor, Linah Mohohlo indicated on Monday that interest rates will fall in 2009 while the exchange rate regime will not be significantly shifted as part of measures to counter the unfolding challenges to Botswana’s economic growth prospects.

“A decrease in inflation with unchanged interest rates would imply a tightening of monetary policy at a time when there are challenges to economic performance.

“The anticipated decline in inflation in the medium term together with the prospect of [continue reading]

source: BOPA
26 February, 2009

GABORONE – The Ministry of Trade and Industry has requested about P420 million for its recurrent budget and over P100 million for its development budget during the coming financial year.

Presenting his ministry’s budget proposal on Monday, Mr Neo Moroka said they plan to use the bulk of the funds to develop the Local Enterprise Authority, the ministry infrastructure facilities and BEDIA.

He said P51 million will be used to implement the ministry’s management information system, the Francistown light industrial incubator, the Gaborone leather incubator and the second phase of the Pilane multipurpose business incubator.

He said BEDIA on the other hand requires funds for the construction of factory shells in Gaborone.

Mr Moroka said the ministry’s infrastructure facilities will require P27 million for [continue reading]

source: Republic of Botswana (23/2/09): TAUTONA TIMES no 4 of 2009
The Weekly Electronic Press Circular of the Office of the President “Democracy, Development, Dignity and Discipline”

C4) 19/2/09: Response to Mmegi – Masimolole did not cut off debate on Media Practitioners Bill

In an article entitled “Domkrag chief whip hard put to explain” Mmegi (18/2/09) reported that:

“…in December when the Media Practitioners Bill was tabled. The Member for Mogoditshane, Patrick Masimolole, moved for a vote before any debate, and the bill – considered undemocratic by journalists – passed into law.”

The above distorts what actually transpired. What the Hon. Member of Parliament in fact did was to move the Bill to Committee Stage, where there was ample opportunity for it to be further debated.

At Committee stage [continue reading]

source: BOPA
25 February, 2009

FRANCISTOWN – SIMBEC Consultancies Services has introduced a new cost effective and user-friendly vehicle tracking system.

The system is intended to give the user full information about a particular vehicle all day long.

Speaking at the launch of vehicle satellite tracking system, SIMBEC Installation Technician, Mr Standa Sani said the system enables monitoring of fuel, location of vehicle, the route used, stop over and the speed at which the driver has been traveling.

“The system also allows monitoring and gives reports on all fuel readings geo- coded with location, time and speed for analysis,” he said adding that it provides numerous live tank readings in a real time mode.

Mr Sani said the system enables a two-way communication between the driver and the control base, adding that live video transmission from the vehicle could be arranged.

He said there is no data lost due to power failure as the device comes with an Internal [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Violet Gonda
25 February 2009

John Worsley-Worswick, head of Justice for Agriculture, said ZANU PF spokesperson Nathan Shamuyarira’s nephew gave farmers Ben Freeth and Mike Campbell a 5pm Wednesday deadline to get off their Mount Carmel farm in Mashonaland West. This is a farm protected by a SADC tribunal ruling.

There are dozens of white commercial farmers who have had their farms invaded by Mugabe cronies this month alone, in total disregard of the regional ruling.

Worsley-Worswick said the farm being targeted by Shamuyarira’s nephew, Peter Chamada, is in the Chegutu/Chinhoyi area. The farm boasts tourist lodges and is a huge exporter of mangoes. It’s reported that Chamada visited the farmers Wednesday morning and told them if they were not out by 5pm they would be removed by force. Mike and his wife Angela have left the farm, as Mike is still weak from the beatings and torture he [continue reading]

source: BOPA
25 February, 2009

FRANCISTOWN – Members of Tshukudu Horticultural Growers Association have been called upon to map out ways to revive the Francistown horticultural market to secure a place where they could sell their products.

Briefing Tshukudu Horticultural Growers Association in Francistown on Friday, the Assistant Minister of Agriculture Mr Shaw Kgathi said his ministry has set up a task force at national level to look into modalities to help in the revival of horticultural markets.

Mr Kgathi encouraged farmers to use agricultural programmes to revive the sector to help boost the country’s economy, adding that this could assist in beating the global economic recession, while at the same time assisting the country to become self sufficient in [continue reading]

source: BOPA
25 February, 2009

GABORONE – There are about 19 394 companies that have registered for Value Added Tax (VAT) and the compliance rate for filing of VAT tax returns on average is about 82 per cent, the Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Mr Baledzi Gaolathe has said.

He noted that about 18 per cent of the registrants do not file their VAT tax returns.

The minister also noted that there are some taxpayers who occasionally fail to pay the tax simultaneously as they file the VAT tax returns.

The minister said the VAT law allows the taxpayer to request for an extension of time to file the tax return and payment of the tax, when the taxpayer is not able to pay the VAT due.

He said the provision makes the procedures to pay VAT user friendly. “However, notwithstanding the fact that taxpayers can [continue reading]