Archive for August 15th, 2009

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The chairman of the culture and publicity sub-committee of the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP), Shaw Kgathi has said that they plan to create a good relationship with the media.

Speaking at a dinner in Gaborone on Tuesday, Kgathi acknowledged the media as a critical player in disseminating information and informing people. He promised that his sub-committee will share party policy information with the media. He appealed to journalists to avoid publishing reports based on speculation.

As the general elections approach, Kgathi said their focus in the next two months will be on ensuring that [continue reading]

source: The Botswana Gazette
Written by JFG
Monday, 10 August 2009 00:00

The security agents who killed Mr. John Kalafatis, a Gaborone resident, on May 13th, will be prosecuted by the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP). The car in which Kalafatis was travelling was sprayed with bullets, allegedly by some members of the security services comprising military intelligence officers and the police. It is understood that the DPP has asked investigating officers to include eye witness accounts. The Gazette has learnt that the investigating officer has forwarded the docket to the DPP.

It is understood that recently the DPP, in conjunction with Kalafatis family lawyers, took a statement from the deceased’s brother, 29- year- old Kosta Kalafatis, in which he narrated the sequence of [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

The Minister of Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, Margaret Nasha has requested P13 million to be spent in the next seven years on the refurbishment works of State House.

This is in addition to another P10 million spent on the refurbishment of the State House that commenced last year and was scheduled for completion last May. “In addition, the conversion of the old Serious Crime Squad offices to provide accommodation for the BDF sentries at the State House will be completed. The converted BDF sentry will provide accommodation for approximately 60 officers and men. Among other things, the building will have a commander’s office, armoury, radio room, kitchen, dinning room and gym,” the minister said this week when presenting the National Development Plan 10 (NDP 10).

She added that during NDP 10, her ministry will need P22.7 million for computerisation, an additional P5.7 million for fleet expansion at [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Alex Bell
13 August 2009

South African President Jacob Zuma, who last month promised to intervene in the unity government’s political deadlock, is expected in Harare later this month, according to government sources.

Zuma’s spokesman Vincent Mangwenya was unable to confirm the meeting or which dates the South African leader will be arriving in Zimbabwe, but it’s understood a meeting with the government’s leaders in Harare has been set for the end of the month. Sources in the government told SW Radio Africa on Thursday that Zuma is “definitely expected later this month, he is definitely coming.”

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai last month turned to Zuma for help, travelling to South Africa to urge his intervention in the deadlock over key issues of the Global Political Agreement. After their meeting Zuma agreed to raise ‘weighty issues’ with Robert Mugabe, issues that will likely include the [continue reading]