Looking back to Windhoek

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On the occasion of MISA Botswana’s 20th anniversary, OMPHILE BASINYI asked Methaetsile Leepile about his thoughts on MISA, yesterday and today

How did you contribute to MISA as its founding regional director?

In November 1989 my boss and mentor, Patrick van Rensburg, ‘tagged me along’ to a meeting of publishers and editors from emergent regional independent newspaper publications in Chobe. His foundation, FEP (which owned Mmegi newspaper at the time), together with the  Swedish Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation, had organised the consultation. It was here that the idea of setting up a regional media lobby group was first mooted. It was also at this meeting that the establishment of a ‘media bank’ was first discussed.

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Bravo police for prompt action

It is also hurting that whilst we all know that the Botswana Police Service (BPS) is charged functionally with the duties to investigate all forms of crime, some locals have resorted to taking the law into their own hands. It is very wrong to do that. There is also a possibility that one may wrongfully take the life of a person in the process, unless it is a justifiable case of self-defence. Recently, in the city of Francistown, some locals found...

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