Archive for February 28th, 2010

source: BOPA
25 February, 2010

Since April 2008 to date, 13 people have been charged for showing disrespect to President Lt Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama by uttering words of insult. This was revealed by defence,justice and security minister, Mr Dikgakgamatso Seretse, responding to a question in Parliament from Ngami MP, Mr Taolo Habano. According to Mr Seretse, three foreign nationals, one Indian, one Pakistan and one South African, were deported.

Mr Habano wanted to know how many people suspected of disrespecting the President by uttering words of insult had been charged. Furthermore, he wanted to know how many were deported before or after being charged and convicted and what their nationalities were.

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Despite President Ian Khama’s vow to fill vacancies in government departments when he took over in April 2008, the situation is getting worse, at least according to a presentation in parliament yesterday by Lesego Motsumi, Minister of Presidential affairs and public administration.

Presenting her budget proposal for 2010/11 Motsumi revealed that the number of vacancies in December last year was 3507 compared to 3228 of the manpower establishment in December 2008. This represents a 0.05% increase from the previous year rate.

Khama vowed to crack the whip and ensure that vacancies are filled with the view of providing employment to many [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
UN News Service (New York)
Government Action – UN Expert
25 February 2010

Botswana’s Government must step up efforts to tackle the challenges faced by many indigenous communities, such as land rights, according to a new report by a United Nations independent expert.

“The current problems faced by indigenous peoples in the country are associated with three underlying, interrelated issues: respect for cultural diversity/identity, political participation and consultation, and redress for historical wrongs,” S. James Anaya, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous peoples, said.

Mr. Anaya, who visited the country last March, noted that the Government has undertaken many initiatives to address the conditions of disadvantaged and marginalized peoples, as well as preserving and celebrating the [continue reading]