State publication Kutlwano magazine has not hit the streets for two consecutive months prompting speculation that it could have gone off the shelves for good. For the period December and January, the magazine has not been in circulation although the Minister of Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, Eric Molale, says the publication is still in full swing.
“I am not aware that the publication did not publish for the months of December and January,” Minister Eric Molale said, adding as far as he was concerned he has never directed the stoppage of Kutlwano magazine nor was his predecessor.
“The publication falls under my ministerial portfolio and I could have known of the changes. I never issued a directive nor was my predecessor,” he said.
A source of knowledge and information for many Batswana since 1962, Kutlwano magazine dealt predominantly with social related issues featuring undiscovered and exclusive stories including touching revelations from far-flung rural places.
Unlike its peer state owned Daily News, the magazine is absolved of any political interference as opposed to the sister daily newspaper which is touted as the mouthpiece of the ruling party.
Molale insisted he will not be drawn into confirming if the Kutlwano magazine will hit the streets end of February. “As I have already indicated, I am not aware of any stoppage of issuance of the magazine,” was all the Minister could tell parliament on Thursday.
Molale was answering a question from Gaborone Central Member of Parliament Phenyo Butale who has been tipped of government plans to stop the publication. Sources close to the publication have indicated that the magazine will undergo a drastic change, including the social content and direction.