Archive for February 20th, 2010

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Member of Paliament for Gaborone West South, Botsalo Ntuane has called on government to adopt ethics that will curb corruption if it is serious about attracting investors here.

He said there is a developing trend by some people close to power, to loot the government. Ntuane was making a comment on the budget speech on Monday.

He cited instances where some ministers own companies that tender for the supply of government goods and services.

This is wrong, he said, adding that it is unethical. He said people should make choices between either being ministers or businessmen. Though he did not mention any [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Alex Bell
18 February 2010

A lavish all night celebration for Robert Mugabe’s 86th birthday is being slammed as ‘insensitive’, as the country’s civil servants remain on strike over the government’s refusal to increase its wage bill.

The event to mark Mugabe’s birthday on Sunday will be celebrated next week in Chinoyi with an extravagant overnight gala featuring local and international musicians. According to retired army general Anywhere Mutambidzi – the information ministry official organising the event – the gala will start at 6pm on February 26th and end at 6am the following morning.

“The gala will feature all major local, as well as some foreign musicians from the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Africa,” Mutambidzi told the state broadcaster the ZBC. It’s not known what the budget for the celebration is or who is [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Business Day (Johannesburg)
Stephan Hofstatter
18 February 2010

Johannesburg — The government plans to introduce a new draft land reform policy this year that will focus — amid severe budget constraints — on acquiring land more cheaply from whites and securing tenure rights for millions of landless blacks living on farms or peri-urban informal settlements.

The announcement, made by Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti this week, contained details for the first time of how the government plans to implement a review of land policy launched in 2005.

A new green paper would be submitted to C abinet for approval by next month before going to P arliament. This would be used as a framework for a new tenure reform law the department wants passed by March 2012.

The review will include changes to the willing buyer, willing seller model, which the department has blamed for escalating land prices and an inability to speed up [continue reading]