Archive for July 5th, 2009

source: The Botswana Gazette
Written by JFG
Friday, 03 July 2009 00:00

Sold P4 000 each

Two employees of the Department of Civil and National Registration in the Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs and two foreign nationals appeared before Extension Two Magistrate Abigail Masawi last week, charged with official corruption. In count one Ms Letsile Othobanye on the 1st of November 2007 and the 31st December 2007 at Mogoditshane, was alleged to have corruptly obtained a reward of P4000 from a Ms. Axilia Tshuma for issuing her with an Omang national ID.

In count two, Othobonye and Ms Gaotimane Serati on the 1st of November 2007 and the 31st December 2007 at Mogoditshane, were alleged to have received P4000 from Janet Nyathi, also known as Dineo Sethole, as a reward for processing and facilitating the issuing of [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Department of Broadcasting Services director, Mogomotsi Kaboeamodimo, has dismissed allegations that Botswana television has been sucked up into the intra-party fighting in the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP).

Lately, the state broadcaster has been accused of sabotaging the Barataphathi faction, led by Daniel Kwelagobe, supporting the Nkate-Merafhe faction also known as the A-team.

The television station is accused of giving disproportionate coverage to the Nkate faction at the expense of Kwelagobe.

BDP chairman and Molepolole South MP, Kwelagobe, who is seeking re-election for the posts of chairman of the party and member of parliament was launched [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

Minister of Defence, Justice and Security, Dikgakgamatso Seretse told Parliament on Tuesday that there is no need to set up an independent inquiry to investigate the extra-judicial killings by state security forces.

He was responding to a question by Gaborone South MP, Akanyang Magama. The MP asked whether the increasing number of extra-judicial killing of suspects by state security does not necessitate an independent inquiry to restore confidence in the law enforcement agencies.

“I do not see the need to set up an independent inquiry as a measure to restore confidence of the public in the law enforcement agencies in view of the alleged extra-judicial killings. If there has been a drop in confidence, it is not due to the alleged extra-judicial killings but it is due to the general increase in the rate of [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
2 July 2009

Washington, DC — Barack Obama makes his first visit to sub-Saharan Africa as president of the United States next week, following a trip to Russia as well as to Italy, where he will participate in a meeting of industrialized nations known as the G8. AllAfrica’s Charles Cobb, Jr., Reed Kramer and Tami Hultman went to the White House to explore President Obama’s views on Africa in advance of his visit. The interview took place in the Blue Room.Charles Cobb posed the questions.

We asked visitors to our site,, what they might be interested in with respect to your policy. And as you might imagine, the responses are everywhere: conflict resolution, development issues, trade issues, et cetera. But they and we [continue reading]

source: BBC News

The International Monetary Fund has told Zimbabwe that it will not provide the country with more funds until its existing $1bn debts are settled.

Zimbabwe’s government estimates it will need $10bn (£6bn) of foreign aid to help rebuild its battered economy.

But the IMF said that Zimbabwe would need to clear its debts and show a sustained record of sound policies before it could give financing.

China recently agreed to give Zimbabwe a loan of $950m.

China was one of the few countries to retain economic support for Zimbabwe in [continue reading]

source: IOL
July 02 2009 at 05:55PM

A 24-year-old Pietermaritzburg woman was arrested on Thursday afternoon for allegedly pirating and selling music and movie DVDs, KwaZulu-Natal police said.

Senior Superintendent Henry Budhram said crime intelligence officers confiscated DVDs valued at R120 000 and computer equipment believed to have been used in the pirating of the discs valued at R4 000 when arresting the woman.

“Information was received that the woman and her husband were copying music and movie DVDs for the purpose of selling them from premises in Greyling street,” Budhram said.

The woman’s husband was still being sought by police.

The woman will face charges of contravening the copyright act when she appears in the [continue reading]