Archive for March 22nd, 2010

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Ongoing investigations into the irregularities at the Ministry of Education and Skills Development have implicated high profile figures in government and investigators from Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crimes (DCEC) are closing on them.

A reliable source has told this paper that those who have been questioned have revealed more than the investigators were prepared for and that the scam involves millions of Pula. It is said that in some instances, officers conspired with students who had completed their studies to continue getting allowances while in some instances one student was being paid an allowance enough for three students. “The so-called students shared the loot with the officers and it went on for several years undetected,” the source said. Some officers have implicated their [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Zimbabwe Standard (Harare)
Vusumuzi Sifile
20 March 2010

Harare — YOUTH Development, Indigenisation and Empowerment Minister, Saviour Kasukuwere has been forced to revise close to a dozen provisions of his controversial empowerment regulations announced in January.

Kasukuwere caused a political storm when he introduced the regulations that among other things compelled all foreign companies to cede at least 51% of their shares to indigenous Zimbabweans.

He ignored repeated MDC calls to widen the consultation window before effecting the regulations.

While up to now Kasukuwere still claims there is “no going back” on the regulations, impeccable sources confirmed that he has under pressure from both MDC formations and other stakeholders “revised at least 10 provisions, which is as good as rewriting the regulations”.

The revised regulations would be presented to [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Reuben Pitse
18.03.2010 9:45:02 A

Millions of government funds are being thrown down the drain as drug users crush anti retroviral drugs and mix them with dagga to make it more potent.

The Minister of Health, Dr. John Seakgosing, said that his ministry will launch investigations into the allegations, which first surfaced during his recent visit to Bokaa Village.

“I was very shocked when I heard these allegations. This is very heart breaking because we spend millions buying ARVs only for them to be wasted like this,” he said.

Seakgosing said that his ministry will investigate the allegations, and the perpetrators will face severe punishment.

“We will definitely engage law enforcement officers to probe such [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

Botswana, like many practicing democracies around the globe, has chosen democracy as a way of life. This means that we have committed to a system of governance that promotes dynamic, inclusive, participatory, development for all.

For it to work effectively, it requires institutions that nurture the culture of openness, transparency and accountability so essential for its survival. I have the happy birthright as most of you, of being part of this beautiful country, Botswana, which prides itself in its ability to embrace this system of governance, for the benefit of every citizen; thus shouldering the heavy responsibility of putting the people first. It is this responsibility, which demands respect for the basic tenets of democracy. In no particular order, I believe that our [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
The East African (Nairobi)
Michael Ouma
22 March 2010

Nairobi — Organisations and individuals operating in Africa will soon have a variety of Internet domain names to pick from, including “.africa.”

This follows a decision by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) board to expand the generic top-level domain space from four — “.com,” “.org,” “.net” and “.biz” — to 21.

DotConnectAfrica, a non-profit organisation will operate the “.africa” top-level domain registry, with help from sponsor organisations and business people.

Sophia Bekele, the executive director of DotConnectAfrica said the project is expected to boost regional integration and benefit the business community.

“Ultimately, we hope that the “.africa” domain will brand Africa and encourage increased participation on [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The government will go ahead with the construction of the radioactive storage facility in Pilikwe village despite the numerous objections from the residents.

The facility is to be constructed during the 2010/2011 financial year. The Minister of Infrastructure, Science and Technology, Johnnie Swartz yesterday asked Parliament to approve a total P7 of 000, 000 for the Atomic Energy Usage and Radiation Protection Inspectorate project for constructing the Orphan Radioactive Storage Facility in the Central District.

Swartz told Parliament that the Radiation Protection Board continues to develop guidelines to assist the users to [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Zimbabwe Standard (Harare)
Vusumuzi Sifile
20 March 2010

Harare — THE Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai yesterday said it was encouraged by South African President Jacob Zuma’s intervention, which saw the parties agreeing to a “package of measures”.

Zuma, who was in the country between Tuesday and Thursday, announced that the two MDC formations and Zanu PF had reached consensus on a number of issues threatening the one-year-old inclusive government.

Negotiators from the two parties will now meet on Thursday, Friday and Monday next week, after which they will present a progress report to Zuma on March 31.

Although the finer details of the agreement that was reached remains a closely guarded secret, sources say one of the major breakthroughs was a commitment by President Robert Mugabe to restore the mandates of MDC ministers, which he took away recently.

Zuma’s direct contact with Reserve Bank governor Gideon Gono, Attorney-General Johannes Tomana and [continue reading]