Archive for September 4th, 2009

source: Mmegi

FRANCISTOWN: The Botswana Housing Corporation (BHC) will this month allocate 575 houses in its quest to address the accommodation problems in the northern city.

Next week, BHC will allocate 30 houses at Selepa location and another 545 at Gerald Estates at the end of the month.

In an interview, BHC Estates Officer Jimmy Kabinga stated that only Botswana citizens are eligible for the allocation.

“For one to qualify for a house, we need a bank statement and marriage certificate if married. These houses will be offered either for sale or rental but priority will be to first time buyers. Second time applicants will only be accommodated when first time buyers have been serviced. But for first time buyers, we will require the written affidavit certified by [continue reading]

`I can`t be sued`- Khama

source: The Botswana Gazette
Written by JFG
Friday, 04 September 2009 00:00

He hides behind Constitution?

President Khama says he cannot be sued.This is his reply to Mr. Gomolemo Motswaledi’s court application to be reinstated as the Botswana Democratic Party’s parliamentary candidate for the Gaborone Central Constituency.
Lt. Gen. Ian Khama acknowledges in his replying affidavit that Motswaledi in his law suit has not cited him in his capacity as President of Botswana; but he pointed out that he held that position on August 17 2009 when he suspended Motswaledi and on August 27 when Motswaledi petitioned the Court.Khama says in terms of the Constitution of Botswana whilst any person holds the office of President, no civil proceedings shall be instituted against him in [continue reading]

source: Fin24
2009/09/03 12:08:00 PM Vida Booysen

Bloemfontein – As things stand, 2010 World Cup tourists travelling from all over the world may end up wandering the streets of Johannesburg looking for a place to sleep, said Danny Jordaan, head of the 2010 Fifa World Cup Local Organising Committee.

Speaking at the Afrikaanse Handelsinstituut’s national congress in Bloemfontein on Wednesday, Jordaan responded to the local tourism industry’s reservations about registering with Match, Fifa’s accommodation agent, aimed at providing accommodation for visitors to the 2010 Fifa World Cup soccer tournament.

“The challenge is this: If we sell two million of the three million tickets for this tournament overseas, we have to provide accommodation for each one of [continue reading]

Zim to free 1 500 inmates

source: News24
2009-09-02 19:01

Harare – Zimbabwe’s coalition government is shortly to free more than 1 500 prisoners in a bid to ease the crisis in the country’s crowded jails that have become known as “death camps”, reports said on Wednesday.

The crisis was exposed in April when documentary video footage showed half-naked, skeletal inmates wasting away from hunger and diseases in the country’s 42 jails, as prison authorities ran out of money for rations and drugs.

Quoted on Wednesday by the state-controlled New Ziana news agency, the permanent secretary in the justice ministry David Mangota said 1 544 would be granted an [continue reading]

The suspense continues

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

After a day-long hearing, the Lobatse High Court said yesterday that it will deliver judgement next week in the historic case in which Gomolemo Motswaledi has challenged his suspension as Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) secretary general and recall as Gaborone Central parliamentary candidate by President Ian Khama.

The case started late apparently because the Motswaledi team wanted Justice Ian Kirby to recuse himself. It is understood that the recusal option was abandoned to allow the case to proceed.

First to address court was advocate Roland Sutherland for Motswaledi. Sutherland submitted that Khama’s decision to suspend Motswaledi was irregular as it violated the provisions of the BDP constitution. He said the action further violated the rights of Motswaledi under the party constitution. He particularly raised issues of [continue reading]

source: allAfricaThe Whitaker Group (Washington, DC)
Rosa Whitaker
3 September 2009

In the aftermath of the annual AGOA Forum held last month in Nairobi, there has been a chorus of pessimists placing AGOA in the Hall of Shame of failed policy initiatives. They could not be more wrong.

In fact, AGOA is among the most successful US policies towards Africa—especially in terms of a return-on-investment ratio. According to the OECD, over the past 50 years the US has spent well over $325 billion dollars in foreign aid to Africa – yet Africa remains the only region of the world getting poorer. The returns on investments from US aid have been dismal.

AGOA represents a modest investment costing US taxpayers a mere $18 million dollars per year—with a price tag of less than $300 million for the life of [continue reading]