Trade and Industry minister, Neo Moroka, continues to barnstorm through the country to get endorsement for his controversial liquor trade regulations. Last Monday evening, he was in Old Naledi in Gaborone where a liquor trader warned him that if government decides to introduce the stringent liquor trade regulations he has proposed, he would cause national unemployment to skyrocket.
Parliament willing, the Botswana Railways will be added to the list of state owned parastatal organisations that have been probed for administrative irregularities and possible corruption.
The training of dedicated, competent young people and preparing the ground for their presence in various positions of responsibility, in the combat, combat support or in combat service support units is a major priority for the Botswana Defence Force and for the nation of Botswana.
Botswana's runaway military spending is being cited as one of the reasons behind a campaign by Oxfam for an Arms Trade Treaty.
Global military spending is set to break the previous Cold War record by the end of 2006, warns international aid agency Oxfam, as government representatives address the UN General Assembly in New York.
The Namibian government has distanced itself from a document purporting to be a pact with Angola to team up in the event of a military conflict with Botswana currently circulating in the two countries.
Air Botswana has recorded a P7.9 million loss in the first quarter of 2006 - the biggest loss so far, plunging government into a mad rush to privatize the airline before it collapses.
Canova – the immune boosting product from Brazil which is currently packaged and sold in Botswana will undergo its first human trial in Kenya.
FRANCISTOWN - Students in Francistown are the worst affected by the recent changes in public transport routes; a change which saw taxis and combis not going through the bus rank as has always been the case.
The Ministry of Works and Transport is investigating an accident involving a small aircraft in the Okavango areas.
Four women were arraigned before the Urban Customary Court Deputy President, Kgosi Kgosimotse Sebele, and charged with idling.
The four, who pleaded guilty to charges of idling and disorderly conduct, were arrested on the night of August 8, 2006, at Partial, at the Middle Star Shopping Complex at around 0024 hrs.
A 27-year-old man was this Friday arraigned before the Gaborone West Deputy Customary Court President, Kgosi Aron Setshwane, charged with assaulting a police office with a bottle while on duty on the night of September 13, 2006, at Block 9 in Gaborone.
A 19-year-old man, a resident of Gaborone, was this week arraigned before Urban Customary Court President, Kgosi Dikwalo, charged with theft.
A Zimbabwean maid, Christina Mugabe, who works in Gaborone’s Ext 9, together with her boyfriend, Nowell Dodo, locked three men who were trying to steal inside the yard after they saw them inside the yard where they were working.
A 31-year-old petty thief left the Gaborone West Customary Court in tears after he was sentenced to one year in jail, wholly suspended for three years, plus four strokes on the bum for breaking into a house and stealing a cell phone.
A 30-year-old man, who is a Senior Programmer at Central Transport Organization at the Village in Gaborone, was on Monday arraigned before the Urban Customary Court President, Kgosi Dikwalo Monametsi, charged with unlawful possession of dagga weighting 0.7 grams.
FRANCISTOWN – Its been three months since Francistown has been without a Chief Magistrate.
This follows the expiry of Kenneth Obeng’s contract last July.
Although he has applied for contract renewal by the end of business on Friday, Obeng was not sure if his contract had been renewed or not.
Francistown - In what is a sign of mounting desperation stemming from landlessness, false rumours of plot allocation led to the Self Help Housing Agency offices in Block 7 in Francistown being swarmed with thousands of people who were seeking to be allocated land.
Francistown‘s Deputy Mayor, Rebecca Nshakazogwe, has dismissed government’s clean up campaigns as a useless tool in the fight against the influx of illegal immigrants. She said though cleanups demand a lot of financial and human resources, they have, thus far, proved a failure as illegal immigrants always find their way back into Botswana immediately after their repatriation.
Setswana and English are the only languages that are used in parliament. In the past the latter was the only language used to conduct debates in the house but the standing orders were later amended to allow Setswana.
Botwsana’s position as Africa’s least corrupt country could be on the line. This follows the failure by government to sign and ratify the African Union Convention on preventing and combating corruption.
Failure to sign and ratify mean that Botswana is among bad company.
The countries include Angola, Malawi, Cape Verde and the Central African Republic.