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Speaker acts on BCP’s constitutional challenge

Speaker of National Assembly Gladys Kokorwe says her legal team is dealing with the matter by Botswana Congress Party (BCP) regarding President Mokgweetsi Masisi’s powers.


18th April 2018

Sex trafficking hits home in Botswana

18th April 2018

Imagine being excited about getting married to a prince charming that stays outside your country and invites you, only to come and be turned into a sex slave! That is exactly how the world has become.

Gogontlejang Phaladi’s life story

18th April 2018

 At a tender age of four, popular child prodigy Gogontlejang Phaladi shocked her pre-school teachers when she told them that she wanted to go and look after her paralysed mother.

Dare to dream: the story of Bakang Molefi

18th April 2018

Bakang Dithapeo Molefi, 20, is the perfect embodiment of resilience. Here’s a young man that has defied all adversities to become the master of his Fate. Purposeful and self-driven, Bakang is confident of a bright future ahead of him, as he embarks on a life-changing educational odyssey that began in 2016, when his mentor – Thabo Botshelo, a Social Worker at SOS Serowe – chanced upon an advertisement for scholarship in a local daily newspaper. The advertisement was for applications for the Ashinaga Africa Initiative – an academic leadership programme targeting orphaned students from 25 Sub-Saharan African countries to help them access international higher education so that they can contribute to global development.

Govt. turns Francistown into ghost city – councilors

18th April 2018

Furious Francistown councilors from both sides of the political divide have accused the government for stripping Francistown of major economic developments. They said this during a full council meeting addressed by minister of Agriculture Patrick Ralotsia on the operational closure of Botswana Meat Commission abattoir. Ralotsia made a stopover in the city after meeting with northern farmers to break the bad news. He revealed that the abattoir was experiencing acute shortage of animals since farmers were reluctant to sell to BMC as a result of late payments.

We all fear the DIS – Adv. Kebonang

16th April 2018

Former Minister of Mineral Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security Advocate Sadique Kebonang says almost all cabinet members fear Directorate of Intelligence and Security Services (DISS). Advocate Kebonang who was dropped from cabinet last week told Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee that DISS is feared by people, him included and some of the ministers. The PAC is probing the books of accounts of National Petroleum Fund (NPF) in relation to the money laundering scandal there amounting to at least P250 million. “We know where the money is. But even the Directorate of Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) fears the DISS. We have the DISS which is feared by people.

BDP threatens candidates with ultimatum

16th April 2018

Some uncompromising Botswana Democratic Party primary election candidates at Moselewapula ward in Francistown West constituency have been urged to agree on a consensus candidate amid doubts as the candidates have vowed to be separated by an election. Addressing party activists in Francistown during an internal meeting over the weekend, Party Deputy Secretary Shaw Kgathi pleaded with eight BDP members who have shown interest to contest for the ward which fell vacant after the death of former deputy mayor, Lechedzani Modenga in February, to reach a compromise.

Sadique Kebonang exiting politics

16th April 2018

Member of Parliament for Lobatse, Sadique Kebonang was left with egg on the face when he was excluded from the new Cabinet. His detractors are now writing his political obituary, and sources close to the happenings in Lobatse say he has already indicated that he would not be contesting elections in 2019. It doesn’t rain but pours for the former Minister of Mineral Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security, who has been implicated in the P250million money laundering of the National Petroleum Fund, a matter he has distanced himself from at his Public Accounts Committee appearance this past Tuesday.

What the people say

16th April 2018

Elsewhere in this edition, we chronicle reactions to the new cabinet appointed by President Mokgweetsi Masisi, where people speculated on why Advocate Sadique Kebonang and Edwin Batshu were left out. Here we look at what ordinary people said about some appointments of other ministers. This is what Batswana told The Midweek Sun.

Serial rapist faces 75 years in jail

16th April 2018

A convicted serial rapist Thatayaone Nka (30) who was slapped with a 45-year jail term for three rape charges plus 30 strokes of the cane on his bare buttocks by a Francistown magistrate Dumisani Basupi returned to court Tuesday to answer for two more rape charges. These charges resurfaced following his conviction last year. The notorious Nka who was convicted of three counts of rape appeared before Principal Magistrate, Thebeitsile Mulalu on Tuesday. The magistrate threw out his application for a permanent stay of prosecution for a rape offence he allegedly committed on 23 February 2016 on a school girl. The magistrate argued that the delay in prosecuting the case was not a deliberate move since the magistrate in question had been transferred to another department giving the prosecution no choice but to keep on postponing the matter. Trial date for the matter was then set for 29th May 2018. Still before the same magistrate, another of Nka’s rape cases involving another student was mentioned and the facts of the case read to the accused. He pleaded not guilty and asked court to move the case to another magistrate. Magistrate Mulalu did not have any objections as he said that another magistrate will be allocated the case as per the wish of the accused person. The court learnt that Nka targeted lone school girls at hiking spots in the morning and offered them a ride in his white truck before viciously threatening and raping them at knife point or a screw driver after turning to any nearby bush. If convicted for the two pending rape charges, Nka is likely to face a 75 year jail term in the event he is slapped with a minimum sentence of 15 years per offence.

Beaten, battered, raped

16th April 2018

After four years of a sustained campaign of psychological, emotional and physical abuse by her ex-husband that was designed, she believes, to make her feel worthless, Jane* left her home with only a blanket and her most prized possession - her daughter. The 35-year-old lecturer at the Gaborone Technical College gave a heart-wrenching testimony of how she survived an abusive marriage against the odds at the St Augustine Theological School recently. She shared how at 19 years old, she was forced to get married after she fell pregnant, after all she had embarrassed her family, herself and the church by falling pregnant out of wedlock. Even before getting married, signs of abuse in the relationship were there according to Jane.

Batshu’s fall linked to Bushiri

16th April 2018

It was a big jubilee for Enlightened Christian Gathering church members and Prophet Shepherd Bushiri followers when Minister Edwin Batshu was dropped from cabinet last week. Their take is simple: He messed up with the wrong man in Bushiri. They are adamant that it was the prayers of Major One that removed the former Minister of Nationality, Immigration and Gender Affairs Batshu from cabinet because ‘he had been giving the church a hard time.’ The battle between the two parties started last year when government denied Major One permission to enter the country, by requiring a VISA from him. Other court issues arose, with government accusing the leadership of running an illegal church.

Public transport travel, a nightmare

16th April 2018

Travelling by public transport has turned into a nightmare for most passengers. If it is not the dirty, torn car seats and safety belts, it is the loud music or the overloading. For daily public transport commuters, nothing is more painful than being dressed in classy and fancy wear only to be squeezed in seats simply because the drivers want to make an extra buck by overloading. Overloading is a common phenomenon during rush hours (morning and evenings) because passengers will be having limited options to refuse the unfair treatment.