News

20 Sep 2015

One Botswana judge has confessed to being indebted and loyal to President Lt Gen Ian Khama while another has confessed to being prone to influence by mob psychology “which often results in poor decision making.”

 

This emerged in confidential letters addressed to the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) this week as Botswana’s judicial crisis lurches through a comedy of errors.

20 Jul 2015

Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources, Kitso Mokaila last week defended the decision of BCL management to sideline local contractors and award a multi million Pula tender for refurbishment of the mine smelter to controversial South African mechanical and electrical engineering firm, Kentz SA.

21 May 2017

President Ian Khama has pleaded with his younger brother Tshekedi to stop his support for Nonofho Molefhi.

Tshekedi has been openly supporting Molefhi against Vice President Mokgweetsi Masisi in the ongoing tussle for control of both the ruling party and the state.

Tshekedi’s support for Molefhi has pitted him against his brother who has already endorsed Masisi.

21 May 2017

The integrity of Electronic Voting Machines got a further hit when a supposed showpiece organised by the Independent Electoral Commission descended into chaos.

Also on the line was the integrity of Gabriel Seeletso, a veteran senior public servant who has been the public face of attempts to sell machines to a doubting public.

21 May 2017

President Ian Khama will this coming week find his back against the wall as the Government Manual Workers Union turns up its antennae in the long running dispute over the appointment of judges.

At contention this time around is the decision by the Judicial services Commission to appoint a new batch of expatriate Court of Appeal Judges.

21 May 2017

The Independent Electoral Commission has been left alone to carry the can as questions intensify on the efficacy of the machines.

As questions surrounding Electronic Voting Machines  get more pointed the issue of just who first came up came up with the idea is beginning to gain traction.

And the IEC has been left naked with no one defending them.

21 May 2017

Documents passed to Sunday Standard detail how the relationship between President Ian Khama and Lesotho Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili has hit rock bottom with Botswana warning that the region has spent millions of on efforts aimed at restoring stability and peace in the kingdom but to no avail.

21 May 2017

Botswana’s biggest short-term insurance company, AON Insurance is still without a Chief Executive Officer more than a year after the departure of Dr Thapelo Matsheka.

AON Insurance had interviewed Thuli Johnson, Cross Kgosidiile and Lorato Morapedi as potential replacements for Matsheka.

21 May 2017

A new report compiled by researchers at University of Johannesburg-affiliated research and capacity development group, the Centre for Competition Regulation and Economic Development (CCRED) has shown that the relative contribution of mining to GDP in Botswana has been on the decline since 1990, and will continue to do so, owing to the depletion of diamond deposits in the country.

14 May 2017

Justice Dr Zein Kebonang has made an order at the Gaborone High Court that his colleague Dr Key Dingake comply with an order that he (Kebonang) issued in April last year.

14 May 2017

Tensions between the Directorate of Intelligence and Security Services (DIS) and the Ministry of Environment and Tourism which has been simmering behind the scenes boiled over recently when the ministry kicked out the spy unit from its training camps.

14 May 2017

President Ian Khama has endorsed Vice President Mokgweetsi Masisi so that he could retain his position as chairman of the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) ahead of the elective congress scheduled for July.

Masisi will face off against Minister of Infrastructure Science and Technology Nonofo Molefhi in Tonota in July.