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‘Khama has personal tourist interest in Batawana land’-royal

22-07-2014 - Victor Baatweng

MAUN – The recent repossession of prime land in the Ngamiland and Okavango regions by government could be a plot by President Ian Khama to take total control of the luxurious and booming tourism sector, a member of the Batawana royal family has said. Kgosi Charles Letsholathebe this week expressed fears that the repossession of Batawana land could be part of a grand plan by President Khama to take...


UDC-vs-BCP acrimony intensifies


The Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) has vowed not to support the opposition Botswana Congress Party (BCP) outside the umbrella model, even in constituencies where the two parties will not be contesting against each other. At a press briefing this week, UDC Publicity Secretary Moeti Mohwasa said the umbrella parties have always maintained their position that they will not engage with BCP in any...


Spy Vs Spy conspiracy theory ---fingers point to politics!

22-07-2014 - Sunday Standard Reporter

About four months ago, Botswana’s intelligence community was embroiled in the biggest spy scandal in the nation’s history. The backbone of the Botswana Defence Force’s own Military Intelligence Unit and now Commanding officer of the BDF Ground Forces Brigadier Peter Magosi and a former Military Intelligence store man, best known for his involvement in the execution of John Kalafatis-- Dzikimani Mothobi...


‘King’ Kgafela II’s book published in UK

22-07-2014 - Bashi Letsididi

In between sparring with his uncle in Moruleng and a Mafikeng High Court as well as keeping his feet firmly planted on the right side of the Botswana-South Africa border, Bakgatla’s supreme traditional leader, Kgosi Kgafela Kgafela II, has also found time to write a book that has just been published in the United Kingdom. The 332-page book is placed eighth on AuthorHouse UK’s new releases list. In...


Inside Maximum Prison’s execution chamber with Kgafela as guide

22-07-2014 - Bashi Letsididi

One of the pieces of advice that Kgosi Linchwe gave his son and heir, Kgafela, when he was still alive was that he should never ever accept an invitation from the Department of Prisons and Rehabilitation to witness an execution. Back in the late 1970s, the father honoured such invitation and what he saw so traumatised him that, years later, he suffered from nightmares. Kgafela gives a second account...


Opposition MP’s say BDP has failed the rural population


Opposition Members of Parliament on Friday called for the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) to be removed from power because it had failed to improve the lives of ordinary Batswana in the close to 48 years that it has been in power. When debating a motion tabled by Shoshong MP Phillip Makgalemele, requesting government to develop a strategy aimed at attracting investors to rural areas in order...


Khama’s dirty tricks campaign defiles the Kgotla


The Kgotla has been turned into a freedom square and government officials are being enlisted on the side of the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) election campaigns as President Lt Gen Ian Khama throws out the rule book in an attempt to ensure a win at the general elections in October. The Block Three Kgotla in Francistown West on Thursday turned into a clash of red and Orange T-shirts as BDP...


Questions linger over BOCRA code of conduct during elections

22-07-2014 - Khonani Ontebetse

Key stakeholders have broken ranks with the Botswana Communication Regulatory Authority (BOCRA) after it issued a controversial code of conduct for broadcasters and media houses ahead of the 2014 general elections, slated for October. Observers believe clause 5.1 of the BOCRA code of conduct is contentious and open to abuse. The clause sates that: “no broadcaster shall permit party-political broadcasts...


Community Trusts face collapse as hunting ban bites

22-07-2014 - Morula Morula

Ministry of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism has not yet delivered on its earlier promise that it would financially assist community trusts that were dependent on revenue from hunting during the duration of the hunting ban. In an interview with Sunday Standard, Onkeme Mmolainyana of Mababe Community Trust in Ngamiland revealed that when the hunting ban was imposed, officials from the Ministry came...


Spies, lies and how DISS infiltrated Telecoms

22-07-2014 - Sunday Standard Reporter

A recent letter to the editor defending Directorate of Intelligence Services and Security Services (DISS) Director General, Isaac Kgosi and sent to a number of local newspapers was written from the Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC) IP services desk suggesting that the spy agency has infiltrated the parastatal – Sunday Standard investigations have revealed. Kruger Simonvelt, the author of...



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