Vol.21 No.118

Wednesday 4 August 2004    





Cartoon Strip

Business Week



Arts/Culture Review





Molefhabangwe's BNF troubles
THE Botswana National Front (BNF) has reportedly summoned Gaborone West MP, Robert Molefhabangwe to appear for a disciplinary hearing. Mmegi has learnt that the MP is required to answer for utterances he made at political rallies about the party leadership. When he was contacted,

Pact leaders call for unity
LEADERS of the tri-party opposition pact implored their followers to be united if the goal of unseating the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) is to be achieved in the forthcoming general elections. The pact, which comprises the Botswana National Front (BNF), Botswana Alliance Movement (BAM) and Botswana Peoples' Party (BPP), last weekend, launched its parliamentary and council candidates for the Francistown South constituency.

Botswana, Zim discuss security issues
THE Minister of Labour and Home Affairs, Thebe Mogami and his Zimbabwe counterpart, Kembo Mohadi began bilateral discussions this week on security issues in Vumba, a resort area in eastern Zimbabwe. The meeting between the two ministers comes after preliminary discussions between officials of defence and security from both countries who have been meeting since Tuesday in the resort town, some 200km from Harare. Last Wednesday, Mogami was the guest of honour at a reception held for him in Harare by Mohadi.

MPs slam BHC for poor service
MEMBERS of Parliament (MP) have expressed concern that the Botswana Housing Corporation (BHC) is rendering poor service to customers. Some of the legislators accused the corporation of not being customer friendly. The MPs voiced their concerns when they were discussing the Housing Projects or other Economic and Technical Cooperation Projects (Loan) (Authorisation) Bill in Parliament yesterday. The proposed law is aimed to authorise a loan from the Export-Import Bank of China for housing projects.

Motorists feel the heat from traffic officers
TRAFFIC police officers are flexing their muscles and motorists are feeling the heat. Just the sight of the familiar blue suits in reflector jackets beside the road brings out interesting reactions from drivers. Discarded car belts are cursed and furiously pulled up.

Ramotswa home care centre fights stigma
TEBOGO Letsebe is a tailor who works for charity. The 36-year-old is one of a handful of women rendering their services voluntarily at the Ramotswa Shelter for the Hopeful. She knits curtains, table-cloths, cushions, bed linen and clothes for the Community Home Based Care Centre to sell in order to augment its rations from the Ministry of Local Government.

Information boss refuses to talk
THE Director of Information has refused to react to opposition claims that the state media is biased in favour of the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP).

SA denies plans to cancel Christmas
CAPE TOWN: South Africa has denied a media report that it plans to cancel Christmas. The Sunday Times newspaper ran a banner headline "Christmas may be cancelled" above a story quoting a task team evaluating the number of public holidays as a warning that no holiday should be regarded as sacred in multi-racial, multi-faith South Africa.


Mmegi, 2002
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