2015 at the Courts of Law

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Mmegi Staff writers SHARON MATHALA and MPHO MOKWAPE reflect on the 2015 cases that were the highlights for the legal year

Khama suspends four High Court Judges

In an unprecedented move that saw Botswana’s judiciary rocked to the core, President Ian Khama removed four High Court judges from the bench. The judges: Key Dingake, Modiri Letsididi, Mercy Garekwe and Ranier Busang were suspended for undermining the Chief Justice Maruping Dibotelo and bringing the judiciary into disrepute. They were also suspended for challenging Chief Justice Dibotelo’s move to report them to the police for receiving housing allowances while staying in official residences. The four judges have since declared that the chief justice’s actions were questionable and amounted to harassment and witch-hunting. 

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Botswana deserves ideal political leaders

This remains to be seen, particularly as opposite unity has been seeing its ups and downs. In 2012, three opposition parties namely the Botswana National Front (BNF), the Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD), and the Botswana National Front (BNF) formed a political alliance under the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC). The Botswana Congress Party (BCP) would, after rebuffs, join the coalition in 2017.The promise made by the coalition to its...

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