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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.

13 Jan 2019

As president, General Ian Khama’s idea of a fair fight was one in which his opponent was blindfolded and both his hands super-glued and securely tied behind his back. As Khama pummelled the opponent with a flurry of tasty blows, his armed and hawk-eyed bodyguards would be standing at the ready ringside, watching the opponents’ legs for any sudden movements.

13 Jan 2019

Botswana which is heading to the polls later this year is facing an uncertain economic and political future because it is tilting towards an authoritarian rule due to weak democratic institutions in the form of Parliament and the Judiciary.

The startling warning is obtained from documents gleaned from the United States Government’s Department of State.

09 Jan 2019

By Mpho Keleboge        

President Mokgweetsi Masisi’s lawyers this week asked the High Court in Gaborone to remove former President Ian Khama from the case in which disgruntled Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) member Kamal Jacobs is challenging the legitimacy of Masisi as the party’s president.

Khama is cited as the Third Correspondent.

06 Jan 2019

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.”

- Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

06 Jan 2019

Influential South African millionaires with links to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s cabinet are believed to be among former President Lt Gen Ian Khama’s financiers – Sunday Standard investigations have revealed.

06 Jan 2019

There is a joke amongst sailors that boats named after mother's and wives is a gesture to keep the peace at home. This may help explain why former Directorate of Intelligence and Security Services (DISS) Director General Isaac Kgosi named the spy agency’s aircraft after the women in his life.

06 Jan 2019

In deploying General Ian Khama to the Office of the President on April 1, 2008, President Festus Mogae did Botswana a great disservice because the latter should have taken up post a little farther – the Ministry of Trade and Commerce as it then was.

06 Jan 2019

The much-anticipated motion of no-confidence in President Mokgweetsi Masisi is said to have failed to see the light of day because the opposition MP who was expected to have tabled it, never carried out the necessary processes.

17 Dec 2018

Botswana’s biggest opposition party, The Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) faces the possibility of being barred from contesting the 2019 general elections as its internal fights degenerate into a complex political authority disorder.