Archive for August 4th, 2010

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Yesterday’s announcement by the Office of the President that a member of the Directorate of Intelligence Services (DIS) has been appointed head of the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) might strengthen the belief of some that President Ian Khama is bent on imposing himself on every key state institutions, including the legal system.

Some might not take kindly to the appointment to the key position of a man who has had a stint with the spy outfit. Many fear that the appointment of Leonard Sechele will see the notorious DIS having a direct say in what cases to be prosecuted by DPP.

Sechele is a former Gaborone chief magistrate and deputy head of Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (MVA). Before his appointment to the DPP he was legal advisor to DIS. The head of the DPP has constitutional powers to decide whether a [continue reading]

source: News24
2010-08-03 20:01

Johannesburg – The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) was pleased with the 15-year sentence meted out to former national police commissioner Jackie Selebi on Tuesday.

“The sentence is an appropriate one that fits the crime and is a warning to all public officials to fight any temptation to engage in corrupt activities,” said NPA spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga.

“It is an indication of the commitment by prosecutors in the court to root out corruption.”

Speaking at the end of the bitter and protracted case against Selebi, Mhaga said the sentence was due to a “sterling job” led by the investigating and prosecuting team.

The NPA would wait for the outcome of the application for leave to appeal, which Selebi’s legal counsel have indicated they [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Alex Bell
03 august 2010

South African farmers who have faced land seizures and persecution in Zimbabwe were back in their home country’s courts on Tuesday, trying to force the Zimbabwean government to pay their legal costs.

The Zim government last week filed an urgent court application against the farmers in South Africa, who last year turned to South Africa’s courts to seek justice for what they have endured in Zimbabwe. The application was to stop a planned auction of some Zimbabwean government owned properties, which was actually planned to recover costs owed to a German Development Bank. But the government filed the application against the farmers instead because they have also been involved in a similar case where they are planning such auctions.

The government then realised it’s mistake and scrapped the urgent application against the farmers from the court roll, without offering to pay the farmers compensation for the extra legal fees incurred. Civil rights initiative AfriForum, which is [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

Shares trading on the Botswana Stock Exchange (BSE) have flattened as renewed caution creeps in among investors on the market with counters, mostly financial institutions, nearing their half year reporting season.

With investors still hesitant to take positions in mining stocks due to the recent backlash from the recession, which crashed commodity markets, analysts expect activity on the stock market to be subdued in the coming weeks.

With the exception of FNBB, which will be releasing its full year results, all the listed banks will be releasing their interim results and analysts say investors will be eagerly waiting to evaluate the financial performance during the first half of the year before taking further positions in the market.

“We anticipate market activity to remain subdued until the financial reporting period gets into full swing,” reads a market report from [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
United States Department of State (Washington)
3 August 2010

The following is full text of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s remarks at the President’s Forum with Young African Leaders in Washington, DC.

Thank you all so much. I am thrilled to see you. I had to come back to work to recover from my daughter’s wedding. (Laughter.) And one of the reasons I came back was because I wanted the chance to welcome each and every one of you here to the State Department, and to tell you how excited we are to be hosting this Young Leaders Forum.

Now, I know that later this afternoon, you will have the unique opportunity to go to the White House and to meet with President Obama. And I think from what you heard already today and the comments of my friend and extraordinary Assistant Secretary for Africa, Johnnie Carson, this Administration, from the top, is very committed to, concerned about Africa, and especially about Africa’s future, because we know that it is people like all of you and [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

After months of waiting Air Botswana (AB) direct flight to Lusaka finally took off from the newly built Sir Seretse Khama International Airport on Sunday morning.

The launch, which brought the number of the national airline’s cross border destinations in the region to three, was greeted in mid-air with cheers by both AB staff and passengers on board the historic flight.

Before launching the Lusaka route, AB operated direct flights to Johannesburg, South Africa, and Harare, Zimbabwe.

Addressing journalists in the executive lounge of the Lusaka International Airport, AB’s business development manager Dikagiso Matshaba apologised for the delay in departure from Gaborone. The flight was scheduled to leave at 11 am and arrive in Lusaka at 1pm. But because of a few hiccups, the flight was delayed and arrived in the Lusaka 40 minutes late.

“We are sorry for what has happened but we can assure our clients this will not happen again,” a confident Matshaba said, adding that AB would [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Alex Bell
03 August 2010

Concern is being raised over the South African government’s intention to seek a legal opinion on the legal reach of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), over Zimbabwe’s refusal to honour the SADC Treaty.

The SADC Tribunal in 2008 ordered the Zimbabwean government to compensate farmers for the farms that were seized and to protect the farmers’ rights to their land. Those orders have all been ignored in Zimbabwe and the Tribunal has since ruled the government as being in contempt, three times.

But in Zimbabwe the Tribunal has been openly snubbed by the government, with Robert Mugabe and Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa declaring that the Tribunal’s rulings were null and void. A shock High Court decision then followed this year with Justice Bharat Patel ruling that the Tribunal’s orders on land reform have no authority in Zimbabwe.

South African courts on the other hand have become the first regional country to enforce a SADC ruling against another member state in their own territory. The High Court ruled earlier this year ruled in [continue reading]