Botswana is approximately four months away from a general election that is expected to be held in October 2019 on a date yet to be specified. For political parties, their message to their candidates is that there is limited time remaining to convince and/or crook the voters to go and place a cross next to their names on the day of the polls.
Two of South Africa’s military industrial and mining complex wheeler-dealers are directors in Avante Security Services Botswana, the company suspected of helping Bridgette Motsepe-Radebe to launder money for Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi’s presidential campaign.
The Lobatse High Court has ordered Kgori Capital and its Directors to reimburse government more than P10 million that it earned unlawfully from the National Petroleum Fund (NPF).
BY THOBO MOTLHOKA
A frustrated former State and Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) President Ian Khama is expected to address a Kgotla meeting in his home village of Serowe next weekend where he is expected to announce his next step in politics.
Even before the Gaborone High Court hands down judgement in the Umbrella for Democratic Change versus Botswana Movement for Democracy case, there is already additional worry among some in the former opposition collective.
BY THOBO MOTLHOKA
The axing of Members of Parliament Samson Moyo Guma (Tati East) and Lerala-Maunatlala’s Prince Maele by the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) has fuelled speculation of formation of a new party by the party’s New Jerusalem faction, led by former President Ian Khama.
The President of Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) Duma Boko has warned the Chief Executive Officer of Choppies Group, Ramachandaran Ottapathu to pay his employees decent salaries or face deportation when UDC assumes power after the upcoming 2019 elections.
The United States Government is keeping tabs on the National Petroleum Fund (NPF) money laundering case and has revealed widespread approval for the dismissal of former Directorate of Intelligence and Security Services (DIS) Isaac Kgosi.
When he barnstormed across the country to garner support for a consultative process to repeal Sections 77, 78 and 79, President Festus Mogae also felt the need to explain that Botswana didn’t discriminate between its citizens. Exhibit 1 in service of the latter was himself: the constitution didn’t recognise Batalaote but he, a Motalaote, was president.
Teenage childbearing across Botswana is reported to be associated with increased risks of adverse pregnancy outcomes on children, fresh data from a report entitled “Botswana’s Children in brief: Key National Indicators of Well-Being 2018" shows.