Sunday Standard investigations have turned up documents suggesting that former President Lt Gen Ian Khama relationship with the newly formed Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF) and the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) is part of a grand strategy to block more than ten corruption investigations against him and his brothers.
Former President Ian Khama has instructed his lawyers to order the Republic of Botswana to disclose the number and purpose of procured military aircraft for his own benefit.
According to a letter dated 24 September 2018 Khama requested use of aircraft and boat transport on a monthly basis to travel to Shakawe and twice a month to the farms.
A South African billionaire who is a leading financier of the Umbrella for Democratic Change is said to have switched sides and has told his inner circle that he would like Dumelang Saleshando to challenge for the UDC presidency.
According to results of his own assessments, Saleshando would be “more electable.”
Saleshando is currently UDC vice president.
Suspended Choppies boss Ramachandran (Ram) Ottappathu was this week upbeat that he will bounce back and take Choppies beyond its former glory.
This was after the much hyped forensic audit report released by the Choppies Enterprises board last Wednesday failed to find any conclusive links against him on allegations of money laundering, personal gains and material benefits.
Tale of the tape: the very first, most important point to make is that Professor Joseph Mbaiwa is not a politician, wasn’t invited to comment on the hunting ban issue as one and is certainly not commenting as one.
For the first time, the Government of Botswana has officially confirmed that it had a long-running diplomatic tussle with China over The Dalai Lama, court records show.
The bickering which had been happening behind the scenes was disclosed by Permanent Secretary to the President Carter Morupisi in a letter he wrote to former President Ian Khama.
“We will shun sycophancy (bolope) at all costs and promote both meritocracy and high ethical standards,” says BPF spokesperson, Justice Motlhabani, by way of giving a sneak peak into his party’s still-under-wraps election manifesto. “We will re-introduce a meritocratic society in government where the best and the brightest are given opportunity to move our country forward.”
BY KABELO SEITSHIRO
The recently appointed Debswana Diamond Company Managing (MD) Albert Milton has passed on in Milpark Hospital, South Africa.
BY KABELO SEITSHIRO
Botswana’s troubled retailer, Choppies Enterprises has announced that is considering exiting its South African market after a recent strategic review of the business.
The Permanent Secretary to the President, Carter Morupisi is expected to resign next week after the Directorate of public Prosecutions (DPP) and the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) decided to press criminal charges against him.
Fifteen Botswana Democratic Party Members of Parliament turned against President Mokgweetsi Masisi and Finance Minister Kenneth Mathambo and voted with the opposition to block the request for P900 million for Masama project.
Greatly displeased with what Gaborone North MP, Haskins Nkaigwa, had alleged about her during a debate on the Declaration of Assets and Liabilities Bill, Minister of Transport and Communication, Dorcas Makgatho, said two remarkable things, one inside and the other outside the house.
The President of the Umbrella for Democratic Change, Duma Boko, will launch the candidacy of the party’s parliamentary candidate in Boteti West, Sam Digwa, this coming Saturday.
Expelled Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) has registered to contest the 2019 general elections as a separate entity from the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC), court records show.
This is contained in a letter dated 15th May 2019 written by the party’s secretary general Gilbert Mangole and addressed to the secretary of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC).
BY CEDRIC SWANKA
The Minister of Health and Wellness has told Parliament that there is a shortage of health care professionals and support staff in Botswana.
As if that was not enough, Government does not provide security services to medical facilities such as clinics as they are outsourced to the private sector.
The spokesperson of the newly-formed Botswana Patriotic Front, Justice Motlhabani, says that the party’s election manifesto is 90 percent complete.
“I must say it is a breathtaking document, in quality of content and aesthetics,” he says. “It contains clear targets and pragmatic deliverables. I have no doubt it will be well received.”
BY MPHO KELEBOGE
Chief Justice Terrence Rannowane has challenged the Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) to reconsider its decision to drag him into its case against the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) as a Returning Officer in the election of the President.
BY THOBO MOTLHOKA
BY THOBO MOTLHOKA
The government of Botswana remains one of at least two countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) yet to sign and ratify the African Charter on Democracy, Elections, and Governance.
The Lobatse High Court on Friday stamped its seal of approval on an advice by Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS) that the Public Procurement Disposal Board withdraws a tender that had been awarded China Jiangsu.