Archive for July 21st, 2009

source: Sunday Standard
by Sunday Standard Reporter
20.07.2009 11:00:47 A

The controversial Botswana Police cell phone spying system can not listen in on cellular phone conversations of Be Mobile and Mascom subscribers and only works on the Orange Botswana platform.

This is at the centre of the case in which the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) is investigating allegations of corruption against two senior police officers who were involved in the procurement of the GSM cellular and Computer surveillance System. The whole saga was this week degenerating into a comedy of errors.

Sunday Standard has been informed that although government has now reversed the tender award, it is weary of turning over the surveillance system to Dukeff Holdings; the local company that [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Lance Guma
20 July 2009

Tensions in the 5 month old unity government rose dramatically after Attorney General Johannes Tomana refused to hand back Roy Bennett’s passport. In February this year police arrested the MDC Treasurer General and Deputy Agriculture Minister designate and detained him over widely discredited charges of possessing illegal weapons of war, allegedly to commit acts of terrorism. Bennett is now unable to travel to South Africa for urgent meetings, because the state is holding onto his passport as part of the bail conditions.

Last week on Wednesday his lawyers wrote to the AG’s office requesting a relaxation in the bail conditions and the handing over of his passport. But Michael Mugabe, a law officer standing in for Tomana, refused to grant the request, leading to Bennett’s lawyers filing an urgent application in the High Court. Justice Francis Bere who heard the matter ruled against Bennett saying the reasons given by his lawyers for the relaxation of bail were ‘scant and very conservative’. Justice Bere said the [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Sunday Standard Reporter in Bulawayo
20.07.2009 10:39:26 A

AN increase in fuel prices, blamed on the scarcity of the precious liquid in Zimbabwe, has pushed up the cost of basic commodities, piling more problems to long suffering Zimbabweans.

Zimbabwe has been hit by fuel shortages blamed on the failure of the state fuel procurement company to meet the nation fuel requirements.

The state run National Oil Company of Zimbabwe (NOCZIM) does not have sufficient foreign currency to import enough fuel, a situation that has seen the price of petrol and diesel going up to [continue reading]

source: IOL
July 20 2009 at 07:18PM

South African economic policies will not change simply because there was a new head of the central bank, the ruling ANC said on Monday, dismissing fears inflation targeting will be scrapped.

Policy was set up the party and government and not an individual, Gwede Mantashe, the African National Congress Secretary-General, told reporters.

President Jacob Zuma on Sunday appointed Gill Marcus – a former deputy governor and head of banking group Absa – as Governor of the central bank from November 9, succeeding Tito Mboweni, who declined a third 5-year term.

The move has raised questions over whether the government was bowing to pressure from trade union allies, who were critical of Mboweni and [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Sunday Standard Reporter
20.07.2009 10:45:50 A

A number of power sector investors are meeting this week in the Zambian tourism resort of Livingstone to discuss possible participation in the financing of energy projects that are in the offing in the SADC region.

This week, Ponatshego Kedikilwe, the minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources, led a Botswana delegation to the roundtable that will attract financiers from 15 states.

The ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources officials said this week that the aim of the roundtable is to obtain sound interest and, possibly, firm commitment from investors on some of the projects that could reach financial closure in the [continue reading]