We shouldn’t have to use a foreign Bantu language to describe an electoral contest between a Mokgatla and a Mongwato but the choice of a foreign Bantu name by the former’s faction necessarily forces us to: “iCava kayisebenzisi amathuba ayo.”
The meeting called in Serowe last weekend, purportedly by so-called ruling party elders felt, looked and sounded like a summons from the royal court.
There was a lot of tribal breast-beating, a lot of tribal bigotry all of it mixed with unhidden tribal nostalgia about an era gone by.
Reference is made to the P250 million saga, referred to as Botswana’s biggest financial scandal, the revelations of which have captured the imagination of the nation, and struck a dearth blow to Transparency International nonsensical characterization of Botswana as Africa’s least corrupt country!
By Richard Moleofe
The church remains to be one of the strongest institutions in Botswana and it will be a grave mistake by anyone to overlook it. It holds so much power in its hands but the problem is that they are not aware they do.
We do not have to start by saying, “In the beginning was Zimbabwe…”
But, all the same, in the beginning, Zimbabwe was there with all the rest.
Investigators auditing the Directorate of Intelligence and Security Services (DIS) inventory have uncovered information detailing how Isaac Kgosi hijacked the spy agency’s offshore front company which currently has a bank balance of more than half a billion Pula.
Former President Lt Gen Ian Khama has made peace overtures to his predecessor Mokgweetsi Masisi, but the window of opportunity for a truce seemed to be closing fast this week as Khama went back on the offensive.
The task team leading investigations into the nexus of corruption between political and business elites was last week divided over plans to raid former President Lt Gen Ian Khama.
BY THOBO MOTLHOKA
FORMER President Lt Gen Ian Khama will be a speaker at a meeting called by Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi’s supporters in Serowe today (Sunday) to try and overturn last weekend’s decision by the Central Region to nominate President Masisi for the Botswana Democratic (BDP) Party presidency.
Former director general of the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS) Isaac Kgosi’s close associate Teezzarh Seduke was detained last week after a joint team of law enforcers seized live ammunition and government trophy from his residence.
BY THOBO MOTLHOKA
The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on the ‘Review of the National Petroleum Fund (NPF)’ multi-million Pula looting scandal have called off investigations into the matter.
With the report on the hunting ban having been presented to President Mokgweetsi Masisi, it is almost certain that communities in wildlife-rich areas could soon be doing roaring business.
The University of Botswana’s alleged slipshod decision to hire a former council chairperson’s law firm is blamed on the institution’s ever ballooning legal fees.
The University of Botswana (UB) is expected to cancel a legal service contract with law firm Collins & Newman which former university council chairperson, Parks Tafa, has had an interest.
Botswana Gambling Authority has not sweetened the pot for its executive staff and board members whose travel imprest is believed to be the lowest among Botswana’s parastatals.
BY CALISTUS BOSALETSWE
Khama’s vested interest in tourism, enjoying the trappings that come with it, has created a lucrative business conduit in photographic safari for a cartel of friends who still benefit disproportionately to the detriment of the community at large even in his retirement.
BY KHONANI ONTEBETSE & KABELO SEITSHIRO
Botswana has reacted angrily to a decision by the European Union (EU) to include it in a draft list of jurisdictions that pose a high risk of money laundering insisting it should be removed from the list.
Visibly with pain in his face, Minerals Minister – Eric Molale has told Parliament that the government has launched a formal application with the High Court to have the BCL liquidator – Nigel Dixon-Warren removed from his position.
Poloko Masitara has been announced as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Alexander Forbes Botswana.
BY PORTIA NKANI
The Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis (BIDPA) has called on for more effort to be made to assist more local firms to expand their business across Botswana borders.
As at September 2018, there were 120 illegal billboards in the capital Gaborone, Parliament has been told.
The revelation was made by junior minister at Local Government ministry - Kgotla Autlwetse who was responding to a series of question from Member of Parliament for Gaborone North, Haskins Nkaigwa.
Nkaigwa is also a former mayor of the Gaborone City Council.