A third international watchdog organisation has warned that President Ian Khama against eroding Botswana’s strong democratic traditions and protecting corrupt allies from prosecution.
Good sources say an expert hacker is behind the recent hacking of the University of Botswana’s website. The hacking was extreme and would seem to suggest the culprit was a highly IT-literate individual who is familiar with the varsity’s computer system.
The very problem that the University of Botswana Council wanted to prevent by reappointing Professor Thabo Fako as Vice Chancellor in 2015 occurred in the week that students went on strike.
Botswana is not the only Third World country to have adopted a controversial (and illegal) policy through which game scouts are authorised to shoot suspected poachers on sight.
Botswana Railways has not turned profits in a really long time but that didn’t provide disincentive for one member of its Board of Management to curb an appetite for lavish spending at the organisation’s expense. For as long as she was board member, Lesedi Moakofhi, stayed overnight at a Cresta Mahalapye Hotel presidential suite each time the board met.
Parliament has once again taken the Minister of Environment Wildlife and Tourism, Tshekedi Khama to task for his penchant to take unilateral decisions.
This time the minister was grilled for adopting a position at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) 17th meeting without consulting parliament and relevant stakeholders.
The Botswana Defence Force (BDF) and the Ministry of Trade have been caught up in a multi- million Pula fraud scandal after a Spanish military and security company which was expected to set up in the country was allegedly swindled by Botswana’s crooked tenderpreneurs.
Sub-committees of the Botswana Railways Board of Management continue to meet even when the board doesn’t legally exist.
In lifting a laptop from the campus bookstore, a rioting University of Botswana student may also have booked himself a bunk bed at the First Offenders Prison whose lookout towers he can probably see from the upper stands of the varsity stadium. The Block D bed may be a bridge too far but when classes at UB resume on March 6, not all students will immediately go back to class.
The Chief Executive Officer of South Africa’s Comair, Erik Venter has confirmed that his company wants equity in the national airline, Air Botswana.
Comair operates British Airways in southern Africa alongside its no-frills brand Kulula.com.