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Politicians should declare not only their interests but also their net worth

15-12-2014 - Sunday Standard Commentary

It has not been made clear why up to now our parliament has not come up with a law requiring that political leaders should declare that commercial interests. In the past efforts were made to pass such a law. Such efforts were however scuppered on the last hour by internal differences within the ruling Botswana Democratic Party. Shamelessly, the opponents of the law said argued that it would force...


The folly of Transparency International!

15-12-2014 - The Watchdog

For the umpteenth time, Transparency International has ranked Botswana the least corrupt country in Sub-Saharan Africa. For a government whose numerous erstwhile friends are beginning to doubt its democratic credentials, the feat is an accolade that quite inevitably Botswana Government has been making a huge meal out of. Not for the first our government has taken the accolade to its head and ran...


The reckless and arrogant special nominations of councillors could lead to the collapse of local councils

15-12-2014 - Kenneth Dipholo

The dispensation of Specially Elected MPs and Specially Nominated councillors, we are told, is meant to bring into Parliament and Councils respectively, members representing special interests. In principle, this is a wise provision. However, this dispensation has always been used for the wrong reasons. A few years ago it was used by the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) factions to settle scores. It...


Trade union extremesm can be counterproductive

15-12-2014 - David Magang

Director of Ceremonies, President of the BOPEU and Members of the Central Executive Committee, honourable guests from sister unions and business associates, members, ladies and Gentlemen: I am humbled to have been called upon to officiate at this landmark event, which I personally consider to be a huge milestone, particularly that I personally number on the pioneers of the establishment of this labour...


Abortion Debate in Botswana: The Flip side!!

15-12-2014 - Thabo Seleke

For the third year in a row, Hon Botlhogile Tshireletso has said her annual ritual by calling for decriminalization of sex work as well as legalization of abortion. On commenting on the State of the Nation address last year and recently, Honorable Tshireletso called for the legalization of abortion and decriminalization of commercial sex work. She stated that Parliamentarians as leaders of the...



15-12-2014 - Fingile Makgalemele

Botswana Examinations Council (BEC) has released the 2014 Primary School Leaving Examinations (PSLE) results. A total of 42797 candidates wrote the 2014 examination showing a reduction in candidature of 2.26% from the 2013 candidature of 43775. Overall performance indicates that the proportion of candidates obtaining an overall Grade C or better went up by 1.58% from 67.62% in 2013 to 69.20% in 2014....


BMA responds

08-12-2014 - The Botswana Muslim Association

We would like to refer to a Headline article that appeared in the Sunday Standard newspaper edition of the 23rdNovember 2014. This referred to a cable released by Wiki Leaks. The article is titled, ‘Motswana Muslim on CIA, FBI watch list’. The report further indicates that; ‘the US envoys tried to feel out the President of the Muslim Association……….Muslim leaders have delayed meeting with us ….’...


We need to overhaul our Immigration policy

08-12-2014 - Sunday Standard Commentary

The story of the strictures contained in our immigration policy and especially how such strictures are now undermining economic competitiveness is well told. Over the last six years or so, Botswana has significantly deviated from her established policy of openness and outward looking disposition. Instead the country has become reclusive and introverted. A high number of expatriates are being deported...


“And whoso committeth a delinquency or crime, then throweth (the blame) thereof upon the innocent, hath burdened himself with falsehood and a flagrant

08-12-2014 - al-Hasan Lentswe

We address the arrogance and the wickedness of both the parrots (scribes) and the apologetics among Muslims who fall all over themselves to please the powers of the West. We refer to the recent article entitled “Motswana Muslim on CIA, FBI watch list” published on Sunday Standard 24/11/2014. The said article states that “Hassan Moemedi” or “Moemedi Al Hasan" (referring to myself) was placed on the...


We shall soon see exactly what Gladys Kokorwe stands for and exactly why Margaret Nasha was so vehemently denied

08-12-2014 - The Watchdog

It began with a private meeting between the Head of State and the Leader of Opposition at which the two pledged to work together. Hours later the Head of State followed up the meeting with a phone call just to drive home the message that he had meant what he had said; in case the Leader of Opposition had any lingering doubts. A few days later the whole plan was in tatters. Instead of the two working...



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