Archive for March 29th, 2010

source: Sunday Standard
28.03.2010 8:39:14 P

With factional bickering deadlocked inside the ruling Botswana Democratic Party, some sections of the A-Team faction are reported to be lobbying President Ian Khama to dissolve parliament and call fresh elections.
The strategy is designed to outflank Members of Parliament sympathetic to Barata Phathi.

The A-Team is worried that at the pace at which things are going, their rivals in the Barata Phathi faction are poised to cross the floor with parliamentary seats which they won only last year under the BDP ticket.

BDP Central Committee insiders say the idea of a snap election was first broached by former cabinet and now central committee member, Tebelelo Seretse.

It is alleged that at a central committee meeting held on Monday, following the Barata-Phathi summit in Mogoditshane, Seretse suggested to the BDP leadership that the only way to break the impasse was [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Zimbabwe Standard (Harare)
Kholwani Nyathi
27 March 2010

Harare — PRIME Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has cobbled up an ambitious plan that might see government relaxing draconian media and security laws by the end of the year but analysts say its success is threatened by hardliners in Zanu PF who are determined to preserve the status quo.

The government work plan for this year, which Tsvangirai’s office indicated would be launched in parliament this week, also proposes monitoring mechanism for the performance of cabinet ministers.

Tsvangirai also commits government to conclude the constitution-making process and to strengthen the national healing programme as well as urgent reforms that promote free and fair elections.

Under the plan, the government will introduce at least 17 amendments to laws including the notorious Public Order and Security Act and repeal the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act used to ban critical [continue reading]