Archive for August 12th, 2009

source: Sunday Standard
by Gowenius Toka
10.08.2009 11:49:13 A

Botswana’s democracy remains vulnerable and public safety cannot be guaranteed until Government recognizes the rights of employees of armed forces and of the Department of Prisons and Rehabilitation, like other workers, to have a democratized working environment.

The absence of clear and proper guidelines and protocol regarding the execution of police work has resulted in increasing fear that the propensity for arbitrariness in the country’s policing regime could heighten.

Compounded by the lack of an independent complaint and investigation mechanism to address the excesses and abuses carried out by the police and other law enforcement organs, Duma Boko, renowned local Human Rights Lawyer, said Police Services require [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

GOBOJANGO: Vice-President Mompati Merafhe has said the 93,000 tons of harvest expected in the country this year is an indication that government agricultural programmes are achieving the intended results.

He told Gobojango residents last Thursday that the country has never reached the harvest mark before. However, he expressed concern over the tendency by some farmers to abandon their farms after benefiting from government agricultural programmes. “We have informed agriculture officers to monitor such farmers and strike them out of [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Violet Gonda
11 August 2008

After vowing never to salute Morgan Tsvangirai, Zimbabwe’s army Generals finally saluted the Prime Minister during the Defence Forces ceremony in Harare on Tuesday. The Generals, who had always said their loyalty was only to Mugabe, gave what is seen as a boost to the troubled coalition government by marking their respects, as the Prime Minister attended his first Defence Forces Day ceremony.

Political commentator Professor John Makumbe said: “It’s about time. This is a positive moment. It is a shame they have only done this six months after the inauguration of the inclusive government. But he (Tsvangirai) has respected them by showing up at the Heroes celebrations and the burial of Vice President Msika, and today at the Defence Forces Day and so they should reciprocate.”

However, observers say the significance of this act by the service chiefs will be fully appreciated and realised in the days and months ahead. The observers asked: “Will the selective prosecutions stop? Will the youth militia be disbanded? Will the constitution reform process be [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Buoyed by financials, especially banks which continue to exhibit resilience ahead of the release of their interim results, the Domestic Companies Index (DCI) pushed on 1.46 percent to close the week at 6,486.50 points.

The DCI was powered on by persistent gains in financials such as FNBB, BIHL and Imara. Already FNBB is up by 22.5 percent on a year-to-date basis, recovering from a 52-week low of 195thebe. Barclays Bank is now trading at 570thebe from a 52-week low of 520thebe.

Meanwhile, the FCI shed 0.05 percent to 1,132.38 points, despite some gains in African Diamonds, Aviva and CIC Energy.

According to a [continue reading]

source: IOL
August 11 2009 at 11:14PM

South Africans will soon be able to apply for their passports and identity documents online, Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma said on Tuesday.

“Data will be captured live online, from photographs to signatures, to ensure that the information printed in the document is correct,” she told reporters, after visiting the Government Printing Works in Pretoria.

Nineteen home affairs offices were already able to capture data online and the process would be rolled out to other offices.

Flanked by deputy minister Malusi Gigaba, Dlamini Zuma commented on the ageing machines at [continue reading]

DIS eyes P1 bln

source: Mmegi

-major portion for ‘high-tech surveillance platform’
-substantial development projects for Ministry

The Minister for Defence Justice and Security, Ramadeluka Seretse has requested P1.16 billion for the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS) for the seven-year duration of the National Development Plan 10. The money is meant for development only and excludes recurrent expenditure. This means that every year, the DIS will get an average of P220 million. The NDP 10 starts this year until 2016. Speaking in Parliament yesterday during the debate for the NDP 10 budget allocation for [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Reuben Pitse
10.08.2009 11:50:35 A

In what is regarded as a major breakthrough, about 3 heavily armed suspected criminals were nailed before they could execute their intentions of robbing various financial institutions.

Following the death of Jordan Setlampoloka, who specialized in armed robberies, it is understood that the deceased was also linked to the South African criminal syndicate that was planning to rob various financial institutions that included Bokaa post office.

The suspects, it is said, tried to rob the post office on several occasions, especially month ends when the elderly receive their monthly old age pensions but their plans were foiled by the presence of the police.

The suspects are reported to have called off their intended raid after hearing that [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The matter between the Ministry of Education (MoE) and the University of Botswana’s (UB) Student Representative Council (SRC) will go before Judge Maruping Dibotelo on Thursday after the SRC filed its heads of argument last Friday.

The students managed to pay P5 000 of the P20 000 deposit requested by their lawyer, Collen Mudara of Kanjabanga and Associates, last week so as to continue representing them after MoE appealed the first ruling by Judge Key Dingake. The students went around requesting for donations which totalled P5 000. The SRC also had a fundraising welcome event last Saturday from which they raised the remaining P15 000 which they [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
BuaNews (Tshwane)
Proffesor Ndawonde
11 August 2009

Durban — United States (US) Secretary of State Hillary Rodham-Clinton described her meeting with President Jacob Zuma in Durban as “extremely helpful”.

“I really appreciated the President sharing with us his advance suggestions on how we can make progress to resolve issues affecting the African continent.

“We in fact have the same goals for the peaceful, progressive and prosperous Southern Africa moving East and West. His advice was extremely helpful to us,” she said on Saturday, after the two discussed a variety of issues particularly matters concerning the African continent.

Ms Rodham-Clinton said they had discussed everything from regional issues in Zimbabwe to Somalia to Sudan as well as global issues like climate change. “In fact we had a [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Oliver Modise
10.08.2009 11:41:23 A

President Ian Khama has called for a re-trial of three Botswana Democratic Party Youth League leaders in what is believed to be a systematic and organised attempt to purge Barata-Phathi members from the party structure.

BDP Executive Secretary, Comma Serema, confirmed this week that the retrial of BDP youth chairperson Kenaleone Motsaathebe, Secretary General Boikhutsho Nshakazhogwe-Masunga and Treasurer, Bashi Kgakge (all linked to Barata-Phathi faction) was discussed at a recent Central Committee meeting.
Khama wants the trio to be re-tried by the party’s disciplinary committee, which is chaired by Minister Ambrose Masalila.

Motsaathebe, Nshakazhogwe-Masunga and Kgakge were in April banned from the party for two months for financial transgressions. However, following a disciplinary hearing, the trio was reinstated on condition that they refunded the party, which they [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Oliver Modise
10.08.2009 11:40:29 A

Shepherded inside a courtroom shackled in iron leg cuffs, 11 Basarwa from the Central Kgalagadi Game Reserve, charged with hunting and killing protected game without licenses, cut the image of a persecuted lot.

Molepolole magistrate, Dumisane Basupi, on Monday cautioned and discharged the accused 11 in a case that threatened to open old wounds.

Delivering his sentence, the magistrate said that he was aware that he was faced with a controversial matter, adding that he on the 28 of July received a letter from barrister Gordon Bennett, who represented Basarwa in the landmark 2006 Central Kalahari Game Reserve case.

The magistrate stated that, in his letter to the court, Bennett contends that [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

President Ian Khama on Saturday ‘ambushed’ the Botswana Congress Party (BCP) in the heartland of Tswapong. In an unusual move, Khama turned up unannounced at a BCP rally at Borolong.

Not only that: restraint was exercised by both sides when the BCP accorded Khama the opportunity to speak and Khama used the opportunity to show a touch of diplomacy.

One of the BCP officials at the rally said the vehicle from which Khama and his aides eventually emerged had been parked there for a long time but they could never have suspected that it carried Khama.

Nonetheless, the [continue reading]