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Inside how Khama’s meddling threatened judicial crisis

28-06-2015 - Khonani Ontebetse

Documents passed to the Sunday Standard have revealed how President Khama’s meddling in judicial appointments may be adversely affecting standards at the High Court bench. It has emerged that in a bid to avoid a judicial crisis and look for a replacement to the preferred candidate who had been rejected by the president, the Judicial Services Commission found itself with no candidate but the one who...


Parliament, not the Head of State should prescribe number of judges at Court of Appeal; Union

28-06-2015 - Sunday Standard Reporter

Government Manual Workers Union (GMWU) has issued a notice of intention to sue among others President Ian Khama, the Judicial Service Commission and the Speaker of the National Assembly. The Union questions the legality of appointment of Judges to the Court of Appeal. They also say the current practice where the Head of State renews contracts for Court of Appeal judges without explicit authority of...


Fishes safe in Botswana, unsafe a few centimeters away in Namibia

28-06-2015 - Sunday Standard Reporter

A member of Ntlo ya Dikgosi has pointed out the absurdity of effort by the Department of Wildlife and National Parks to “effectively conserve the fish and wildlife of Botswana in consultation with local, regional and international stakeholders for the benefit of present and future generations.” The absurdity is that two different laws apply to the same stretch of the Chobe River which forms a boundary...


Member wants dikgosi protected just like judges, magistrates

28-06-2015 - Sunday Standard Reporter

It is unclear whether dikgosi have, like magistrates, ever been physically attacked while handling cases. Whatever the case may be, one member of Ntlo ya Dikgosi, Kgosi Kgosidialwa Moalosi, has expressed anxiety about a situation where “dikgosi are not provided with security when presiding over cases or passing judgements as is the case with magistrates and judges.” The government’s response was...


WUC rocked by jobs and promotions for money claims

28-06-2015 - Sonny Serite

The Water Utilities Corporation (WUC) has been rattled by the perception that its Human Resources Department is selling jobs, promotions and on the job training opportunities. Sometime late last year, the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) approached Water Utilities Corporation (WUC) indicating that they had received a report in which it was alleged that there is a possibility of...


Justice Walia reported to JSC for Judicial misconduct

28-06-2015 - Phaladi Letswamotse

High Court Judge Lakvinder Walia has been reported to Chief Justice Maruping Dibotelo and the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) for Judicial misconduct. Friday Leburu of Friday Leburu Attorneys is accusing Walia of pre-judging a case in which the State is prosecuting his client one Patrick Chirunga for murder. The Sunday Standard is in possession of a letter from Leburu dated 22 June 2015...


Botswana Life donates vehicle to Botswana Civil Service Pensioners’ Association

28-06-2015 - Sunday Standard Reporter

Botswana Life Insurance Limited has donated a vehicle to the Botswana Civil Service Pensioners’ Association (BCSPA). The donation was made, Friday 26th June, at the Botswana Life offices, by the Chief Executive Officer of Botswana Life, Catherine Lesetedi-Letegele and part of her executive team. The donation was received on behalf of the President of the Association, by the Secretary General, Mr Mothusi,...


US report highlights Botswana’s press freedom violations

28-06-2015 - Sunday Standard Reporter

Government censorship, content restrictions, lack of access to information and use of penal code sedition laws against the media; these are some of the examples of violations of freedom of the press by the Botswana government, highlighted by the 2014 United States Human Rights report on Botswana. “The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) and other NGOs reported the government attempted to limit...


US government spotlights Isaac Kgosi’s corruption case

28-06-2015 - Sunday Standard Reporter

The United States Government is following progress in the corruption and money laundering case docket against Directorate of Intelligence and Security Services (DISS) Director General Isaac Kgosi. The US Department of State reported in its 2014 Human Rights report for Botswana that, “several newspapers published information leaked from a DCEC investigation of Isaac Kgosi. The documents allegedly...


‘Police-convenience’ detention costs taxpayer P5000-plus

28-06-2015 - Bashi Letsididi

The Gaborone High Court has ordered the government to pay P5000 to a taxi driver who was unlawfully detained by Molepolole police officers. In addition to that, the government will pay the legal costs of the plaintiff’s lawyer. Section 5 (4) of the constitution says that anyone who is detained unlawfully is entitled to compensatory damages. The man in question, Moses Tankomane, was a suspect in a...



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