Archive for December 10th, 2009

source: Mmegi

Vice President Mompati Merafhe closed a debate on the State of the Nation Address yesterday by warning ruling party MPs that Parliament is not a place for venting anger and frustration.

He berated some legislators for casting aspersions on others during the debate on the address delivered by President Ian Khama. He cited Mogoditshane legislator, Patrick Masimolole for slamming Khama’s boot-lickers without naming names. “We should not come here and behave as if we are angry with ourselves and the whole world. My confidence in some of the members has been shaken. Let us stop playing games,” he appealed.

He said talking in parables and calling each other names is very unfair. He criticised the [continue reading]

source: BOPA
10 December, 2009

GABORONE – Response to Zimbabwe State Media allegations that Botswana is hosting pirate radio stations.

The Government of Botswana has noted the re-appearance of allegations in a section of the Zimbabwe media that it is hosting hostile pirate radio stations.

In this respect, Botswana wishes to once more state in no uncertain terms that she does not harbour any such radio stations in her territory.

With specific reference to allegations about Studio 7, it should be noted that it is a Voice of America (VOA) Programme produced in Washington D.C. and is only relayed from VOA facilities in Botswana, a fact which has, moreover, been acknowledged by the Government of Zimbabwe in the past. It can thus not be properly characterised as a radio station.

It should be further noted that there is nothing exceptional about Botswana hosting the radio relay broadcasting facilities for an [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

MAHALAPYE: Residents of Mahalapye village in the Central District are still reeling in pain and misery after their houses were destroyed in a fierce storm on Saturday night.

When a Mmegi team toured the village, it was evident along the streets that disaster had struck in as in almost every homestead, families were busy trying to put things back to normal. Others were pulling away huge broken trees that had now become hindrances, while others were sitting hopelessly without money to replace window panes. Water that had collected in some homesteads was still there by Monday morning when the Mmegi team from Selebi-Phikwe toured the village.

Construction was ongoing in various homes that had managed to [continue reading]