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UN experts visit Botswana

The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention will conduct an official visit to Botswana, from 4 to 15 July 2022, to assess the situation regarding deprivation of liberty in the country.

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Duma Boko PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO

Boko sitting on powder keg

President of the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC), Duma Boko might find himself caught between a rock and a hard place in his quest to make peace with strained coalition partner, Botswana Congress Party (BCP). There is another mountain to climb within his beleaguered party Botswana National Front (BNF). As a result, Mmegi Staff Writer RYDER GABATHUSE writes that there is trouble in the opposition bloc

Mosojane

Constitutional Review: Mosojane Speaks

Firstly, I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to President Mokgweetsi Masisi for having ordered this timely Constitutional Review. However, for some of us who are under threat of assimilation and possible extinction this review is, regrettably, long overdue. This country, Botswana, is bedevilled with inequalities leading to extreme and unprecedented tribalism because of the manner in which our Constitution is framed, and needless to say this is mainly the reason why Phillip (PG) Matante then leader of the Bechuanaland Peoples Party (BPP) walked away from the Constitutional talks at Marlborough House, London, in February, 1966.

Donald Rapulane PIC. SPOTKICK

Football mourns slain Chiefs defender

Local football has been plunged into mourning following the passing of Mochudi Centre Chiefs defender, Donald Rapulane.

Saleshando and BCP members PIC. THALEFANG CHARLES

BCP’s UDC exit could undo historic feat

The looming exit of Botswana Congress Party (BCP) from the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) should not be viewed as good news by the BCP, which needs to retain its legislative seats in the 2024 general elections.

BNF team Boko VS team Bucks case PIC: KENNEDY RAMKONE

"They are not our members" - BNF

Botswana National Front (BNF) says two members who dragged the party to court are not its members and have no business with the party.

UDC members PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO

A litany of imperfections rock the UDC

Ousted founding partners, alleged one man show, twice the loser, failed inaugural congress and now suspended vice president are phrases that can be thrown about to describe the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC)’s shortcomings since it was formed. Even though the UDC’s last weekend decision to suspend its vice President Dumelang Saleshando might be a straw that broke the camel’s back, its failed inaugural congress takes the crown. Writes Mmegi Staffer MOMPATI TLHANKANE

In the spotlight: The BURS’ hunt for tax dodgers is starting with the alcohol and tobacco industry PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE

BURS’ search for missing tax billions starts with booze industry

The taxman plans to institute a controversial “track and trace” system for the alcohol and tobacco industry this year, a sector it says is among those responsible for the loss of up to P3 billion every year in unpaid taxes. The system’s introduction ends after a six-year battle that went all the way to the Finance Ministry, reports Staff Writer, MBONGENI MGUNI

Ian Khama PIC. THALEFANG CHARLES

DIS, former President Khama fight continues

The Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS) is having back-to-back appeals against former president, Ian Khama before the Court of Appeal (CoA). Both appeals scheduled for the July session are in relation to the Khama’s State House number 4 which the DIS believes is a hub for illegal firearms.

Welheminah Maswabi PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO

Sustained fight to prosecute Butterfly ensues

The Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS) has not given up the fight against its former spy officer, Welheminah ‘Butterfly’ Maswabi despite the case classified as lacking sufficient evidence to warrant prosecution.

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