Archive for February 5th, 2010

source: Mmegi
RYDER GABATHUSE
Staff Writer

FRANCISTOWN: President Ian Khama is accused of using Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS) sleuths to probe alleged acts of impropriety by some ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) operatives.

This follows a controversial report that Khama, who is also the leader of the ruling BDP, allegedly presented at the Monday BDP central committee (CC) in Gaborone.

The report, which amongst others recommended the suspension of legislator Botsalo Ntuane, activists Kabo Morwaeng and Sidney Pilane from the BDP, apparently shocked even members of the Khama-led Central Committee.

Mmegi is informed that sometime last year, Khama informed members of the CC about the need to investigate allegations that [continue reading]

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source: SW Radio Africa
By Violet Gonda
4 February 2009

Parliament was forced to adjourn prematurely on Wednesday after chaos erupted between the political rivals in the inclusive government over the controversial issue of the sanctions. The commotion started when ZANU PF MP for Mwenezi East Kudakwashe Bhasikiti tried to move a motion calling for the MDC formations to demand the lifting of sanctions. The MDC legislators protested heavily and started heckling. This led to the ZANU PF MPs also standing up and booing at their counterparts. Parliament was then forced to suspend proceedings to the next day.

However, the chaos continued on Thursday, although this time ZANU PF was successful in tabling the motion. The House is expected to start the debate on the sanctions next Tuesday.

Tongai Matutu, the MDC MP for Masvingo Urban told SW Radio Africa that his party was not trying to block the debate from taking place but was instead challenging ZANU PF’s motives.

Matutu said ZANU PF’s motives were to ridicule and castigate the person of [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
BAME PIET
Staff Writer

A Zimbabwean magistrate has reserved judgement in a case in which three Batswana wildlife officers are charged with illegally entering the country with firearms.

After a three-day trial and the testimony of three state witnesses, a magistrate in the Zimbabwean tourist resort of Victoria Falls said he will deliver the verdict on Monday.

“It means another weekend in jail for the three officers. They are wearing prison uniforms as we speak…,” said frustrated Botswana Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Gladys Kokorwe.

The envoy stated that she was waiting for a full report from her officer in Victoria Falls and the attorney who represented the three.

She said that her attempts to talk to government officials to resolve the matter diplomatically hit a snag when they said that they did not want to [continue reading]

source: BOPA
04 February, 2010

FRANCISTOWN – The Ministry of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism has called for the release of its officers, who were arrested by Zimbabwean police two weeks ago.

Speaking in an interview, the deputy permanent secretary responsible for natural resources in the ministry, Mr Edmond Moabi said the arrest was unfortunate.

He said Zimbabwe should consider that the officers strayed their way into their country as the demarcation border line dividing the two countries was not visible.

Mr Moabi said Zimbabwe should pardon the officers bacause they committed a genuine mistake and they did not intend to [continue reading]

source: Fin24
Feb 04 2010 22:24

Johannesburg – The Auris, the new generation Verso and the Corolla may be included in Toyota’s recall of vehicles locally, Toyota South Africa said on Thursday.

“Toyota South Africa Motors have been able to isolate the Auris, new generation Verso and Corolla as part of the technical study of all the vehicles that are sold in South Africa,” said Toyota South Africa spokesperson Leo Kok in statement.

“This would imply that these three model ranges will in all possibility be included in the South African recall programme.”

Toyota South Africa has not excluded other vehicles yet, and would be able to tell the public the model ranges and the specific date ranges for [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
STAFF WRITER

Former Debswana Managing Director and businessman Louis Nchindo has come out with guns blazing in a rebuttal following remarks by former president Festus Mogae.

Mogae’s remarks were prompted by the unfolding Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) – De-Beers scandal.

In not so many words, Nchindo has called Mogae a liar: “With particular reference to the remarks about myself contained in last week’s edition of the Botswana Guardian, attributed to my friend and former President F.G Mogae, these are not only unfortunate and unwise, but sadly manifestly untrue and distorted,” Nchindo says in the rebuttal.

The former De Beers and Debswana boss also dismissed reports that he is feeding newspapers with information regarding the [continue reading]

source: BOPA
04 February, 2010

SEROWE – Dairy farmers have been encouraged to work hard in addressing the problem of milk shortage in the country.

The call was made by the Assistant Minister of Agriculture, Mr Oreeditse Molebatsi during a meeting with farmers in the Serowe region.

He told farmers that locally, the country was able to get only eight million litres of the required 48 million litres of milk annually.

Mr Molebatsi, however, cautioned farmers that dairy farming was an expensive exercise that needed an individuals total attention and urged them to leave other type of farming and focus on milk production.

The assistant minister was responding to comments by Serowe Milk Marketing Management Association (SMMMA)s chairman Mr Baliki Keboletse who was [continue reading]

source: IOL
February 04 2010 at 11:05PM
By Kamini Padayachee and Yusuf Moolla

The Togolese national soccer team was attacked before the African Cup of Nations (Afcon) to discredit Angola, says a senior Angolan policeman.

Chief Commissioner Paulo de Almeida, the Angolan inspector-general of police, was speaking during a meeting of the Southern African Regional Police Chiefs Co-operation Organisation in Durban on Thursday, ahead of South Africa hosting the World Cup this year.

The bus transporting the Togolese team was attacked while travelling in Cabinda, Angola, where the Afcon was held, on January 8. An assistant coach, a team spokesperson and [continue reading]