Archive for June 8th, 2009

source: Mmegi

Members of the public are baffled at the mandate of Thapelo Olopeng, a speaker at the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) rally in Gumare last weekend Olopeng later appeared on Botswana television saying that the media continues to attack the President and government, “despite efforts we made to reach out to them and address their complaints regarding the president”.

He said he had convened a meeting between the President and the media through its Editors’ Forum, with a view to ironing out differences between the two.

When asked in what capacity he was acting it turned out he was neither a government officer nor a an official of the BDP.

“I approached the President as someone that I know and also as a concerned citizen where I expressed my worry that despite his good deeds the media seem to be [continue reading]

source: Standay Standard
by Sunday Standard Reporter
07.06.2009 1:26:53 P

Bakgatla Regent, Kgosi Kgolo Kgafela11, has launched a crusade to mobilize Botswana’s civil society against extra judicial killings by the state.

Among Non Governmental Organizations that have been approached are Ditshwanelo – The Centre for Human Rights, The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Botswana Chapter, The Botswana Law Society, The Botswana Council of Churches, The Muslim Community, Baha’i Faith and Dikgosi of Botswana.

Kgafela, who says he is acting in his capacity as Bakgatla regent, this week wrote letters to a number of Non Governmental Organizations saying he has been prompted “by a very troubling state of affairs that has presently gripped our nation and is threatening fundamental values of our society which are enshrined in the Constitution of Botswana”.

Kgosi Kgafela states in the letter that [continue reading]

source: The Standard
Saturday, 06 June 2009 20:08

ZIMBABWE could be censured by its neighbours over its controversial chaotic land reform programme after a regional tribunal accused the country of violating the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) treaty by ignoring a ruling in favour of commercial farmers being forced off their land.
The government was in November last year ordered by the Sadc tribunal in Namibia to compensate 77 commercial farmers who had been violently removed from their farms during the chaotic programme.

The court also ordered a moratorium on land seizures, which it described as “racist and illegal”.

But President Robert Mugabe has insisted that the government would not respect the ruling because the Sadc tribunal did not have jurisdiction to hear the case.

On Friday, Mauritius’ former Chief Justice Pillay who now presides over the tribunal with senior judges from Angola, Botswana, Malawi and Mozambique dismissed a last minute application by the government to postpone a contempt application by the commercial farmers.

The tribunal delivered a unanimous judgement that Zimbabwe was in contempt of [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

In yet another twist to the events following the killing of John Kalafatis, a man who claims to be a former spy with the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS), Andrew Thomas Sanderson, has told Mmegi that he was once engaged to eliminate John Kalafatis by ‘an old man connected to the top brass’.

He says the old man sought his services though his ‘bosses’ in the DIS. Sanderson and his DIS partner engaged in the project because, he says, the bosses knew and agreed to it since the customer was a friend to influential people.

Sanderson, speaking from the United Kingdom where he is currently staying after leaving the country early this year, says the old man approached him and his partner with the assistance of some senior officials of the security agency.

He said the ‘old man’, whose name is deliberately left out of [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

Tape 1: Below Mmegi publishes excerpts from two of the three audio-tapes received from ANDREW THOMAS SANDERSON

In Tape 1 Sanderson says the person he is speaking to is an agent of the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (Name known to Mmegi). Two things are clear – One is Sanderson, the other is a male person’s voice with a Botswana accent. The two greet each other. And then after a few problems hearing each other properly they then commence with the following

Sanderson: – I got that information…before you were trying to give it to me by the way

Agent: Ah, no I phoned you last time. When was it? On Wednesday…

Sanderson: Yeah I know…

Agent: …just to tell you about what happened to Kalafatis…

Sanderson: …yeah…I’d already been told by [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

Tape 2: Below Sanderson speaks to another man who he says is from the intelligence community. Sanderson claims in this conversation he was partly ‘feeding the man false things so he can say what I want’.

The two men greet each other. And then the following conversation unfolds.

1) Offer to kill Kalafatis

Intelligence Agent 2: (unintelligible). Tell me something….

Sanderson: What is it you wanna know?

Intelligence Agent 2: (laughs)… Why you were arrested…

Sanderson: (laughs) You wanna know that?…

Intelligence Agent 2: Yeah John

Sanderson: (sighs) I mean its inconsequential but ehm, Mister old man…

Intelligence Agent 2: Yeahh?…

Sanderson: …paid me and (name withheld) some money to ehm get rid of Kalafatis

Intelligence Agent 2: yeah, how [continue reading]

source: Standay Standard
by Morula Morula
07.06.2009 1:24:44 P

A diplomatic confrontation is looming between Botswana and South Africa’s Ministries of Justice, following a South African court’s ruling that Emmanuel Tsebe, a Botswana citizen wanted here for the murder of his girlfriend, can be extradited to stand trial as there is no danger that he will be sentenced to death if found guilty.

But now sources says that the South African government is unwilling to extradite him because of the fear that Botswana might go back on the assurance it made that Tsebe will not be executed even if the High Court finds him guilty of murder and the Court of Appeal upheld the sentence.

The fear is reported to arise from a past case in which another Botswana citizen, Benson Keganne, is [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Neo Moroka was yesterday (Thursday) expected to sign an interim trade pact with the European Union following Botswana’s decision, alongside Lesotho, Swaziland and Mozambique to go that route without regional power South Africa, ending stalemated talks.

Information reaching Mmegi is that Moroka, who was in President Ian Khama’s delegation to Belgium this week, remained in Brussels to sign the interim deal.

The EU office in Gaborone says the interim EPA was in place but not signed, hence yesterday’s signing ceremony which will allow the agreement to be presented to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) for approval and monitoring.

The interim trade pact will be in place until the EU resolves its longstanding impasse with [continue reading]

source: Standay Standard
by Gowenius Toka
07.06.2009 1:10:43 P

Government’s failure to ease restrictions on foreign nationals traveling back and forth into Botswana, from countries in the region, to the Republic of South Africa during the course of the 2010 FIFA World Cup games in that country, could deprive Botswana of the much desired spin-off benefits that are envisaged to derive from the attendant regional event in the coming months.

This is a matter that authorities in the Tourism industry fear could have serious implications for the tourism businesses.

A report of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), which the Council developed in partnership with their research partner Oxford Economics, gives an illustration of the extent of the concern.

“In particular, consideration should be given to lifting, or at least easing restrictions on Asians,” read the report, adding that [continue reading]

source: IOL
June 07 2009 at 07:42PM

Education is the key to sorting out South Africa’s problems, President Jacob Zuma said on Sunday.

His government “meant business” when it came to promoting education, he said during an interview on SABC television.

“If we are to address all the ills that face our country, education is the key. Because if you have not educated your population, it means [they are] not empowered to participate in economic activities, or in any other activity.

“And therefore it is important to educate the population. It’s therefore important to invest in education. It’s critical,” he said.

Any nation that wanted to develop had to educate its people, and provide them with skills. Zuma said his government’s focus on this was not just a matter of saying education was necessary to move forward.

“We’ve split the ministries so that there is [continue reading]