Vol.22 No.163

Tuesday 25 October 2005    

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BFTU takes government to ILO over sackings
The Botswana Federation of Trade Unions (BFTU) has taken the Botswana government to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) for persecuting union leaders. BFTU secretary general, Tebogo Makhale said yesterday that the complaint is about the 461 workers including the Botswana Mining Workers' Union (BMWU) leaders sacked by Debswana. "The leaders were sacked for inciting workers to strike. But there is no evidence on that. We believe that this is harassment of union leaders," said Makhale.

Ex-BoB deputy governor identifies investment barriers
FRANCISTOWN: There are a lot of barriers to investment growth in Botswana, which must be removed to help the economy grow, an economic expert, Dr. Keith Jefferis said yesterday. The former Bank of Botswana deputy government and now independent economic consultant said the barriers require immediate attention to widen the economy so that it can perform to the expected level. He identified the telecommunications sector as one of the areas that need to be reformed because it is very restricted at the moment. "Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC) has monopoly over some aspects of telecommunications and it needs to be liberalised especially on the international traffic," he suggested.

Councillors meet Debswana chief over sacked workers
Debswana managing director Blackie Marole is to brief the Jwaneng Town Council on the relationship between its Jwanneg mine and sacked employees.

MELS gives conditions for opposition unity
The president of MELS Movement, Themba Joina has said they are willing to join the opposition unity bandwagon provided certain conditions are met. "We are willing and ready to cooperate but there are certain issues that need to be ironed out. We are ready for anything but the problem is that when we speak about one political issue at a rally, another partner would be saying something different somewhere else. So we all need to sit down to find the way forward." Joina said that there should be a round table discussion by all the opposition parties.

Suspects abandon P300,000 cash box
FRANCISTOWN: Four suspected thugs lost their nerve and abandoned a cash box containing over P300,000 yesterday a few kilometres from Francistown. The men are suspected to have robbed security officers from a private firm transporting money from the Trade Centre in Francistown. They panicked when the police stopped their car outside the centre. Senior Superintendent of Kutlwano police station, Victor Mutsu said the suspects fought with security officers to get the cash box. He said two of the four suspects were caught just a few kilometres from Francistown while they were trying to flee.

Khama fears BCP strength in Bobirwa
Vice President Ian Khama has warned that the Botswana Congress Party (BCP) might exploit the lack of development in Bobirwa North East to beat the Botswana Democratic Party (BCP) in a council by-election in the area. In a letter read during the burial of the late Bobirwa North East councillor, Tshidiso Seleke of the BDP in Gobajango, Khama urged the party faithfuls to vote wisely in the forthcoming by-election. He said the villages of Gobajango, Semolale and Mabole are still not developed, a factor, which BCP can capitalise on. He said the reports of factionalism in the BDP ranks in Bobirwa threatens its chances in the by-election.

  

 
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