Archive for August 6th, 2009

Basarwa sue government

source: The Botswana Gazette
Written by JFG
Friday, 07 August 2009 00:00

Six arrested for hunting in CKGR

Six Basarwa have been arrested and jailed, charged with hunting inside the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR).
 
The Molepolole Magistrate court was expected to rule on the charges on Monday. The case relates to two incidents, one earlier this year and the other in 2007.
 
Botswana High Court Judge Justice Phumaphi ruled in 2006 that forbidding the Bushmen from hunting for food was ‘tantamount to condemning [them] to death’. The historic ruling recognised the Bushmen’s right to live on their ancestral land, and condemned the government’s repeated evictions of Bushmen, its ban on hunting and its destruction of their water source.



Some residents of CKGR say that the government has not granted a single hunting licence for the reserve since 2001, despite the High Court ruling that its hunting ban was unlawful and unconstitutional. At least 75 Basarwa have [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
LEKOPANYE MOOKETSI
Correspondent

The Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) has been accused of stifling political debates and freedom of expression. This follows the decision by the government to suspend political debates by party candidates on Botswana Television (Btv) and Radio Botswana.

According to sources, there has been uneasiness because some of the debates were covered live. This meant that there would be no time to edit any voracious attacks on the government and the ruling party.

Botswana National Front (BNF) publicity secretary, Moeti Mohwasa said this is an act of cowardice by the BDP because it cannot tolerate debates.

He said the BDP wants the [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
TSHIRELETSO MOTLOGELWA
Staff Writer

It has emerged that a man found dead in the bush at Senamakola lands in Gabane area died because he had allegedly been tortured by arresting police officers.According to a media release from the Botswana Police Service public relations office, the 29-year-old man, whose name Mmegi has, was found dead on July 30, a day a after he was arrested by officers.

“The commissioner of police has ordered investigations into the circumstances that led to the death (of the man),” the statement said.

However, according to facts gathered by Mmegi from sources within the police service, the man was arrested on Thursday last week and detained in a police cell. He had reportedly been arrested by the Serious Crimes Squad who handed him to [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Lance Guma
05 August 2009

The death of Vice President Joseph Msika threatens to tear ZANU PF apart, with its two main feuding factions already jostling to have their own candidate replace him. The exact day on which Msika died is still unclear with suggestions Mugabe delayed the announcement to manage hostilities within his party. Most reports said he died on Tuesday, but Mugabe later told his party Msika died Wednesday morning after his organs stopped functioning. Even more bizarre are reports he died on Saturday, and ZANU PF then had a fiery impromptu politburo meeting on Sunday. Whatever the real date, there is no hiding the tensions that have openly exploded since Msika’s demise.

Under a unity accord signed between ZANU PF and ZAPU in 1987 the two Vice Presidents have to represent both of the two parties. With Vice President Joice Mujuru already occupying the ZANU PF slot it means former ZAPU leaders are now in contention to replace Msika. This has made current ZANU PF national Chairman John Nkomo the front runner. But Newsreel is told the faction led by [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
ONALENNA MODIKWA
Staff Writer

SELEBI-PHIKWE: Plans are underway to relocate residents of Lentswe-Le-Moriti settlement in Bobirwa from the freehold farms in the Northern Tuli Game Reserve.

The move is aimed at allowing the 454 residents have access to government programmes and services. Bobirwa Senior Sub-Tribal Authority, Mmirwa Malema said there are plans to relocate Lentswe-Le-Moriti people though they wished they could stay on the farms. “We wanted to develop it and even elect a kgosana but the owner indicated that it is a mission not a village so it is impossible.”

The settlement is within the farms owned by the St Engenas Zion Christian Church whose headquarters are in [continue reading]

source: The Botswana Gazette
Written by JFG
Friday, 07 August 2009 00:00

MISA Botswana through an Annual General Meeting resolution would like to make public our appreciation and encouragement to the Law Society of Botswana for their principled stance not to support the Media Practitioners Act. Following their convention earlier in July the law practitioners resolved not to respond to the requirement in the Act that expects them to provide a person to chair the Appeals Committee.

The LSB has adopted a very brave position considering the fact that it is expected by the law to participate in the implementation of the Act. We are confident that LSB adopted this position after a thorough scrutiny of the law and having considered all other options. They have therefore decided to stand with democracy and human rights against the onslaught of the draconian law and its proponents. We need such organisations as LSB to be the eyes and ears of the society.

As experts in critical fields like that of justice they do not have the luxury to remain on the fence on serious issues like development and enactment of laws. Their resolution to withdraw their participation in [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
STATES MODIBATI
Correspondent

The North West District Council (NWDC) chairman John Benn has said that Ngamiland is on high alert to detect and control the spread of Swine Flu.

He told NWDC councillors that there is continuous surveillance at the Maun airport and other entry points and isolation facilities have been set at the old hospital building to deal with Swine Flu cases. He expressed worry that Ngamiland District has a limited stock of Tami Flu tablets for the treatment of Swine Flu. Benn complained that the mass exodus of professionals and inadequate funds are serious challenges faced by the NWDC health department. He said that despite the budgetary constraints and [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
UN Integrated Regional Information Networks
5 August 2009

Nairobi — The US should rethink subsidies for American farmers and relax stringent market rules, among other measures, to encourage trade in agricultural commodities from sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), says an advocacy group.

“For [President Barack] Obama’s Aid for Trade concept to help the poorest people to plug into market opportunities created by AGOA [Africa Growth and Opportunity Act] – the US must remove the hefty subsidies… [and] tariffs on all products exported from African countries,” said Brian Kagoro, Pan-African policy director for ActionAid.

AGOA allows SSA countries to export more than 6,400 products to the US without paying duty. It has, however, not been fully exploited, observers said before a key AGOA meeting that began in Nairobi on 4 August.

The 8th annual US-SSA Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum under [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
BRIAN BENZA
Staff Writer

Fuel prices rose again last week for the second time in as many months, leaving consumers wandering if this marks the return of another wave of high oil prices experienced last year.

The Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources has increased petrol prices by 96 thebe and diesel by 60 thebe in the past two months as international oil prices, now hovering around $70 per barrel, continue to steadily firm on both speculation and hope that the worst of the economic recession is over.

From an all time high of $147 per barrel in July last year, international oil prices tumbled to just under $40 per barrel early this year. As fuel prices weakened, annual inflation in Botswana fell from [continue reading]

source: The Botswana Gazette
Written by JFG
Friday, 07 August 2009 00:00

Economic experts and observers alike have welcomed the Bank of Botswana (BoB) decision to month release new banknotes into circulation this month after a comprehensive review of the existing banknotes.

The central bank is introducing a P200 note, which will be the highest denomination. Currently P100 banknote is the highest in the country.
“The introduction of the new banknotes follows a comprehensive review of the current banknotes in order to bring them in line with current trends. In the development of the new banknotes, the Bank has used the latest technology in banknote design that incorporates the latest security features,” BoB said in a statement released last week.

While the new notes retain the size and colours of the previous series, the design has been refreshed and a number of new security features have been included. The portrait of former president Festus Mogae will be replaced by that of [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
BAME PIET
Staff Writer

Press Secretary to the President Sipho Madisa said that Morgan Tsvangirai was in Botswana and left yesterday after meeting Khama.

He said that he was meeting Khama to discuss bilateral and regional issues. The two leaders talked about the stalemate on the appointments of Governor of Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe and Attorney General.

Madisa said that Khama and Tsvangirai discussed the challenges and achievements of Zimbabwe in the implementation of the Global Partnership Agreement (GPA) signed between Mugabe and Tsvangirai in September last year. The agreement was meant to cool off tensions between political parties in [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Business Day (Johannesburg)
Siseko Njobeni
5 August 2009

Johannesburg — THE market for renewable energy equipment in southern Africa is likely to see revenue increase 10 times to $262,3m by 2015, according to consultants Frost & Sullivan.

The prediction augers well for SA, which is anxious to get the renewable energy industry off the ground.

The government has set a target of 10000GWh of renewable energy contribution to final energy consumption by 2013.

The National Energy Regulator of SA (Nersa) earlier this year released feed-in tariffs for the various renewable energy tariffs — a mechanism to promote investment in renewable energy that places an obligation on a renewable energy purchasing agency to buy electricity from renewable energy generators at predetermined prices.

Despite the ambitious government targets, SA has seen little [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
ONALENNA MODIKWA
Staff Writer

SELEBI-PHIKWE: The unexpected flooding of Shashe River in June this year has cost Sinohydro Construction Company about P18.48 million in direct losses.

The Chinese company is constructing the Dikgatlhong Dam. Speaking during a stakeholders meeting to review progress of the dam construction, Jing Jinke of Sinohydro said that the loss covers P10.78 million damage to plant and machinery and P7.7 million destruction of constructed works.

This major setback implies that the project that was scheduled to finish in 2014 will be delayed for one year and the cost increment is estimated at P91 million. Jinkie said they have already reported the incident to the insurance company and forwarded suggestions to project engineers for [continue reading]

source: News24
2009-08-05 20:11

Johannesburg – The ANC has “decisively dealt” with fighting corruption as it heads towards President Jacob Zuma’s first 100 days in office, party spokesperson Jessie Duarte said on Wednesday.

“Eradicating corruption is one of the many areas we can highlight to show how we have performed,” said Duarte.

“It also reflects on what the ANC expects of its cadres in its structures and those deployed in government and business.”

Duarte said practical steps had been taken by cabinet ministers, departments – such as correctional services, home affairs, public works, water affairs and agriculture – as well as premiers to ensure [continue reading]