Archive for April 13th, 2009

source: The Botswana Gazette
Written by Botswana Gazette online
Thursday, 09 April 2009 00:00

This commentary argues that the proposed arrangement by President Seretse Khama Ian Khama that members of the Central Committee of the ruling party will not be appointed into Cabinet, will only serve to further polarise the warring factions within the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP).

It is argued here that, the arrangement, which is in contrast with what obtains in other political parties elsewhere, is undemocratic and flawed. Constitutionally, the president, as the head of the executive, selects into Cabinet those politicians he will work most closely with.

In most cases, if a politician wants to make progress from Backbench to Cabinet, that politician will have to impress the president. Those members of the Cabinet who do not succeed in their posts are usually dismissed during the Cabinet reshuffles.
Khama maintains that “…party positions should be spread amongst our membership…” and that “…party committees, including the Central Committee should, especially in [continue reading]

source: Republic of Botswana (8/4/09): TAUTONA TIMES no 10 of 2009
The Weekly Electronic Press Circular of the Office of the President
“Democracy, Development, Dignity and Discipline”

C2) 1/4/09: OP Reponses to Questions in Parliament for 1/4/09

Please find below the full texts of responses made in Parliament today by the by Hon. Dikgakgamatso Seretse on behalf of the Minister for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration (A-B) as well in his substantive role as Minister for Defence, Justice and Security (C).

The Hon. Daniel Kwelagobe was unavailable as he is inspecting the ongoing flooding and relief efforts in the Chobe District as the Minister responsible for disaster relief.

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source: The Standard
Saturday, 11 April 2009 18:43

THE inclusive government faced its sternest challenge yesterday when the Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai warned he would not accept President Mugabe’s unilateral decision to strip the Information and Communication Technology Ministry of its control over the contested communication portfolio.
The Ministry, headed by MDC spokesperson Nelson Chamisa, has control over parastatals such as Tel One, Net One, Transmedia and Zimpost. It is also in charge of the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz), which regulates the telecommunications sector. More worryingly for Zanu PF and President Mugabe, the Interception of Communications Act, a widely condemned piece of legislation crafted to ensure state security apparatus can spy on citizens, falls under the Ministry.

An anonymous source quoted by The Herald on Friday announced that President Mugabe had “decisively acted” on the matter, moving the communications sector from Chamisa’s ministry to Zanu PF stalwart Nicholas Goche’s Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure Development.

There was no explanation why the sector was not moved to the Ministry of Media, Information and Publicity, which had previously claimed it.

Mugabe’s announcement, however, drew a sharp response from [continue reading]

source: IOL
April 12 2009 at 08:16AM

Should the road fright industry’s wage strike continue for more than a week, the country may be facing a national fuel crisis, the South African Fuel Retailers Association (FRA) said on Saturday.

“If we hadn’t had this (long weekend) relief, we may already have been in a crisis,” said FRA chief executive officer Reggie Sibiya.

Sibiya said the fuel industry, which was under pressure by the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) strike, was able to use drivers from the commercial side of the industry to service petrol stations.

“We believe as the RFA that this is only a short term relief as the commercial industry will be back in full operation on Tuesday,” he said.

Sibiya warned that if the strike continued beyond Tuesday, a more negative impact on [continue reading]

source: The Boston Globe

HARARE (Reuters) – Zimbabwe will not use its own local currency for at least a year, a state newspaper reported on Sunday, while it tries to repair an economy which critics say was destroyed by President Robert Mugabe.

The southern African state has allowed the use of multiple foreign currencies since January to stem hyperinflation which had rocketed to over 230 million percent and left the Zimbabwe dollar almost worthless.

The state-controlled Sunday Mail said the unity government of Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai decided the Zimbabwe dollar should only be reintroduced when industrial output reaches about 60 percent of capacity from the current 20 percent average.

“The Zimbabwe dollar will be out for at least a year. We resolved that there will be no immediate plans to (re)introduce the money because there is nothing to support and hold its value,” the newspaper quoted Economic Planning and Development Minister Elton Mangoma as [continue reading]