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Friday 31 October 2014 | 07:29 AM    
 
 

Would opposition perform better in the coming elections had the Botswana Congress Party stayed as part of UDC?






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Big guns fall in national elections

27-10-2014 - Sunday Standard Reporter

Leader of opposition and Botswana Congress Party President, Dumelang Saleshando, assistant Minister of Trade and Industry Keletso Rakhudu, assistant Mister of Health Gaotlhaetse Matlhabaphiri and assistant Minister of Local Government & Rural Development Olebile Gaborone and BDP veteran Daniel Kwelagobe were the first casualties of the cut throat 2014 general elections. By Saturday noon, indications...


 

‘Lame duck’ Khama faces struggle to push through new agenda

27-10-2014 - Sunday Standard Reporter

President Lt Gen Ian Khama faces a lame duck term after the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) back bench lost ground to an unprecedented surge in opposition backbench in Friday’s general elections. Khama who was the party and government strongman went to this week’s elections already transformed into a lame-duck president following a parliamentary vote that effectively stripped him of powers...


 

Blacks not whites dominate tourism industry – Khama

27-10-2014 - Bashi Letsididi

President Ian Khama says that contrary to the belief that tourism is dominated by whites, the reality is that at a participation rate of 65 percent, Batswana (which in this context would mean blacks) are actually the dominant group. The president said this to buttress the argument he was making about his government economically empowering citizens. “Sixty-five percent of tourism operations are owned...


 

Protocol breach comes to the freedom square

27-10-2014 - Sunday Standard Reporter

The Botswana Democratic Party national campaign manager, Alec Seametso may, according to press reports, attend cabinet meetings but his position is not recognised in Botswana’s national order of precedence. Thus it came as a surprise that a party member called upon by the chairperson to give a vote of thanks at one of the final political rallies in Gaborone recognised him immediately after President...


 

Tlou becomes member of prestigious US Institute

27-10-2014 - Sunday Standard Reporter

Two days before being honoured by a royal Thai trust, former health minister, Professor Sheila Tlou, was elected to what the New York Times calls the United States’ “most esteemed and authoritative adviser on issues of health and medicine” whose reports “can transform medical thinking around the world.” On Monday, Tlou (“Shegal” to her friends) learnt that she has been elected a foreign associate...


 

Selebi Phikwe to be restored to economic vitality

27-10-2014 - Sunday Standard Reporter

Some 406 kilometres away from his primary audience, President Ian Khama has given the assurance that the economic future of Selebi Phikwe is very secure. Speaking at a weekend rally in Gaborone, Khama punctuated a wide-ranging political speech to present a “breaking news” item. The news was that just the previous day (Friday), BCL mine had bought Tati Nickel Mining Company and Nkomazi Nickel and Chrome...


 

Selebi Phikwe to be restored to economic vitality

27-10-2014 - Sunday Standard Reporter

Some 406 kilometres away from his primary audience, President Ian Khama has given the assurance that the economic future of Selebi Phikwe is very secure. Speaking at a weekend rally in Gaborone, Khama punctuated a wide-ranging political speech to present a “breaking news” item. The news was that just the previous day (Friday), BCL mine had bought Tati Nickel Mining Company and Nkomazi Nickel and Chrome...


 

Botswana elections not “free and fair” EFF

27-10-2014 - Sunday Standard Reporter

The South African Economic Freedom Fighters this week stopped short of declaring that Botswana’s elections were not free and fair. In a press statement issued Friday, The Economic Freedom Fighters warned against reading the “free and fairness” of Botswana elections by only judging the activities of the day of elections. The South African opposition party led by Julius Malema argued “that the freeness...


 

Justice Tafa blasts Ministry over multi million tender

27-10-2014 - Morula Morula

Lobatse High Court judge Abednico Tafa blasted the Ministry of Lands and Housing for cancelling and re-advertising a multi million tender that Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Board (PPADB) had awarded to Zac Construction for the construction of infrastructure development at Metsimotlhabe Block 4.  Justice Tafa ordered that the tender be awarded to Zac Construction. Justice Tafa said he found...


 

Civil servants punish “traitors”

27-10-2014 - Sunday Standard Reporter

Botswana voters on Friday cast a vote of confidence for opposition unity. Botswana Congress Party and its President Dumelang Saleshando who broke ranks with the umbrella movement were punished by voters in a move that saw the party ousted from its position as official opposition and its leader voted out of parliament. The BCP hitherto Botswana’s fastest growing opposition party and tipped by the Afro...


 

 

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