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Monday 28 July 2014 | 04:23 PM    

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

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DIS oversight committee dithers over Kgosi’s fate


The Parliament Intelligence and Security Committee is skirting around DISS Director General Isaac Kgosi’s corruption allegations stoking perceptions that is nothing but President Khama’s lapdog. DISS Head of Operations, Lesego Tsholofelo in his academic paper: “A critical evaluation of the intelligence oversight regime in Botswana” warned that the unilateral appointment of the DISS Director General...


I was not bought by DISS to join BDP - says Reatile

28-07-2014 - Sunday Standard Reporter

Member of Parliament for Ngwaketse West, Mephato Reatile has dismissed reports that the Directorate of Intelligence and Security Services (DISS) bought him with the multi-million Pula Unified System for Prepaid Card Registration (USPR) project tender to defect from the opposition Botswana National Front (BNF) and join the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP). Reatile, who also sits in the Parliament...


Why our development projects fail…


Leta Mosienyane, president of Botswana Confederation of Commerce, Industry and Manpower (BOCCIM), was shooting from the hip recently when he lambasted government for ineptitude and failure to ensure that development projects give government value for money in terms of skills transfer and sustenance. Mosienyane said it was disheartening to note that close to 99.9 percent of huge development projects...


BOFEPUSU takes aim at opposition


After labouring under incessant fire from the maverick Botswana Federation of Public Sector Unions (BOFEPUSU), the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) will now heave a sigh of relief as the Federation has now focused its cannons on the opposition. In an interesting turn of events, BOFEPUSU recently announced that they have upped the ante in their strategy of de-campaigning political candidates...


‘BCP is not a tribal pressure group’--Saleshando

28-07-2014 - Edgar Tsimane

Gaborone Central Member of Parliament, Dumelang Saleshando has dismissed accusations that the Botswana Congress Party (BCP) is a tribal pressure group masquerading as a political party as frantic scare tactics employed by the party’s detractors who spend sleepless nights agonizing over its unprecedented growth. Last week Bonnington South MP Botsalo Ntuane of the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) said...


DIS agents accused of harassment, soliciting bribes

28-07-2014 - Sunday Standard Reporter

A Somali refugee who was last month detained for almost two weeks at the Francistown Centre for Illegal Immigrants and only released upon intervention by his lawyer, has accused agents of the Directorate on Intelligence and Security (DIS) of unlawful detention and harassment. The refugee, Elmi Sheik Ali, who resides at Dukwi Refugee camp, also revealed that this is not the first time that he has suffered...


COSATU, BFTU probe South African companies in Botswana


South Africa’s biggest and militant trade movement, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) will launch an investigation to establish if companies headquartered in that country and also operating in Botswana are not violating South African labor practices in Botswana. The investigation, which will be conducted in collaboration with the Botswana Federations of Trade Unions (BFTU), comes...


More questions than answers as DPP clears DIS agent of murder charges

28-07-2014 - Morula Morula

Principal Public Relations Officer at the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Caroline Bogale Jaiyeoba last week revealed that a security intelligence agent who was facing murder charges has been absolved of any wrong doing. Jaiyeoba told Sunday Standard that the DPP has resolved not to charge an agent of the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS) who was suspected to have killed one...


Malaysian flight victim saved countless lives in Botswana

28-07-2014 - Bashi Letsididi

For thousands of Batswana living with HIV, one of the people they will forever remain indebted to is Dr. Joep Lange, a prominent Dutch AIDS researcher who died two weeks ago when the plane he was travelling in was shot down with a missile over Ukraine. Lange was a key figure in the development of the drug zidovudine (marketed under the brand name Retrovir) for AIDS therapy. He led early tests on the...


‘Okavango Delta a whites-mostly fiefdom’

28-07-2014 - Bashi Letsididi

Speaking during the GabZ FM debate a fortnight ago, the Botswana Congress Party parliamentary candidate for Maun West, George Lubinda, lamented that Ngamiland people are not benefitting from tourism in the Okavango Delta. By his estimate, whites control between 85 and 90 percent of the Delta tourism while Batswana only work as tourist guides and cleaners at hospitality establishments for very paltry...



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