Archive for August 16th, 2009

source: The Botswana Gazette
Written by JFG
Thursday, 13 August 2009 00:00

In recent weeks the image of the Botswana Police Service has been dented by a number of allegations of incidents that ranged from torture and beatings to the death of suspects – and sometimes of innocent citizens.

The Botswana Police Service maintained a good name and had good relations with the public for a long time and we believe that that is why it changed its name from the police force to the police service. It is however disturbing now that a few individuals within the service, whether full time officers or on seconded to the service, have resorted to paramilitary tactics when dealing with suspects and citizens, that are on par with the tactics used by criminals to rob their victims or commit other serious crimes.

It should be painful to the Police Commissioner to see all the good work that his department has achieved over many years – that of assembling a responsible police service that is highly respected by the public – being nullified by a small group of officers who show complete disregard for the law that they [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Inter Press Service (Johannesburg)
Ntandoyenkosi Ncube
12 August 2009

Harare — City council turns off the water. National minister in charge says turn it back on. Domestic and commercial users alike dispute their unpaid bills. The shadow of a cholera epidemic looms over it all. Must be Harare.

“We are not going to pay. We will boycott paying.” Netsai Mutongi has a letter from the council demanding 230 dollars for unpaid water bills, just part of the 22 million dollars Harare City Council says it is owed in outstanding water bills.

But she says she’s not paying because she never even saw the water. “Our argument is that the amount of money being ordered by the City of Harare is inflated and we are paying for leaking water. The money (that the council is) demanding is not proportionate to the value and amount of water that is being supplied to us.”

The water crisis in Harare’s high density suburbs and satellite cities is [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

An MP has accused an expatriate lecturer at the University of Botswana (UB) of engaging in plagiarism.

Ngwaketse West legislator, Mephato Reatile told Parliament yesterday that the expatriate at the UB Department of Management was recently promoted to senior lecturer though there is evidence or reason to believe that he plagiarised journal articles. Reatile alleged that the contract of the lecturer in question was renewed under dubious circumstances.

He said that a citizen who was interested in the same position was disqualified after his application documents conveniently went missing. The MP said such things mar the image and [continue reading]

DK gets legal opinion

source: The Botswana Gazette
Written by JFG
Tuesday, 11 August 2009 00:00

Khama’s decisions likely to be reversed
Doubt cast over BDP President’s executive powers

The newly re-elected chairman of the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP), Mr. Daniel Kwelagobe, and his team, have sought legal opinion on the powers of the President conferred on him by the Party’s constitution. This decision comes after President Lt Gen Ian Khama made a number of unilateral decisions appointing individuals to various structures of the ruling party.

The Gazette has learnt that Advocate Peter Collins has been asked by Kwelagobe to provide a legal opinion on three constitutional issues, which Kwelagobe and others want clarified. It is understood that Kwelagobe and his group argue that [continue reading]