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BDF implicates Kgosi in 250m scandal

The Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP), continues to contradict itself in the highly publicised multi-million Pula National Petroleum (NPF) case. This week the DPP filed a supplementary affidavit in which former DIS Director General Isaac Seabelo Kgosi is said to be implicated in the P250 million NPF scandal.

Initially, Kgosi was to be a star witness for the State against his alleged co-accused Bakang Seretse. The State has however made a switch, and now wants Kgosi to answer for his alleged involvement in the matter.  It is alleged that sometime in 2017, Major General Molefi Seikano, Commander, Ground Forces Command, currently serving as Joint Forces Commander for Deployed Joint Task Forces in Border and Anti-Poaching operations, engaged former DIS Director Kgosi concerning whether DIS had any deployable intelligence and surveillance capabilities to support Botswana Defense Force (BDF) border and anti-poaching efforts in the general area around Shaile, Lenyanti and Savuti.

Investigations reveal that the mandate of dealing with poaching in the affected area was the prerogative of Major General Seikano and the Botswana Defence Force. It further reveals that Seikano was unaware of the process of securing P250 million which was ostensibly for the construction of Petroleum Storage facilities, as facilitated by Kgosi, Kenneth Kerekang, Sadique Kebonang, Bakang Seretse (Basis Points, Khulaco and Kgori Capital), for which variation had been sought and obtained by Kgosi and Minister Kebonang for the acquisition of sophisticated security equipment and advanced surveillance capabilities to address the supposed threat.

In his founding affidavit, Seikano confirmed that it is correct that Kgosi embraced the idea to support his operations on which he arranged a meeting to enable Kgosi to understand the problem. “I state after being duly briefed by me and my staff, the two teams planned a trip to the area of concern. After having completed the tour I never received feedback from Director General Kgosi, but instead, sometimes after I was visited by some DIS officers at my office with a map in which they already demarcated the Shaile, Linyanti and Savuti hotspots,” alleged Seikano.

Seikano confirmed that he flatly refused the proposal. “I stated that the developments of special forces capability to Botswana, is the exclusive preserve of the BDF through the Commander, BDF and it is not the mandate of the DIS to develop special forces capabilities,” Seikano said. He distanced himself and stated that he was not aware that Kgosi requested money for addressing poaching threats and other issues from either the National Petroleum Fund or anywhere else.

In his founding affidavit, Seretse through his attorney Kgosietsile Ngakaagae, requested for the calling of oral evidence on account of a disputes fact that cannot be resolved on the affidavits as filed. “President Masisi and former President Khama administration knew about the contracting of Khulaco (Pty) Ltd, at the transactional services company with regards to the transaction at the heart of the proceedings instant. For this fact both Khama and Masisi must withstand examination and cross examination,” said Bakang.

They also request that Sadique Kebonang, Eric Molale and the then Minister responsible for the Presidency must undergo cross examination. Ngaakagae worried that there seems to be feet dragging from the DPP’s side as they have not filed any opposition. “2 of our applications are unopposed and we have just received their supplementary affidavit. All we received was notice of opposition, they do not state the grounds of which the opposition will be made. They must file, they can’t just rock up in court like they did today and say they are opposing.” The matter is set to be heard on the 13th December 2019.

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Botswana’s Legislative Milestone: Championing Disability Rights

27th February 2024

In a significant stride towards inclusivity, Botswana’s National Assembly has ratified the groundbreaking Persons with Disability Act. This legislation is a cornerstone in protecting the rights and promoting the economic well-being of individuals with disabilities

At the heart of this act is the creation of two pivotal bodies: the National Disability Coordinating Office and the National Disability Council. These institutions are set to revolutionize the integration of disability affairs into the national fabric, as outlined by the Minister for State President, Kabo Morwaeng. Morwaeng highlighted the alignment of this act with the global Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), underlining Botswana’s commitment to international standards in disability rights.

During his address to Parliament, Morwaeng disclosed Botswana’s inaugural CRPD report submission to the UN, underscoring the nation’s dedication to global dialogue on disability rights. Furthermore, he unveiled plans for a comprehensive assessment to understand the socio-economic realities of disabled individuals and their families. This initiative, complemented by the strengthening of existing programs, aims to empower this community, ensuring their integration and prosperity in society

Morwaeng’s call to action was clear. He urged a collective shift in developmental agendas to accommodate and prioritize disability issues, advocating for an inclusive societal framework.

An ambitious budget of P35,631,600 has been allocated to bridge gaps in Disability Economic Empowerment, alongside critical studies and the establishment of the National Emergency Operations Centre. Concluding his presentation, Morwaeng appealed to fellow governmental departments to allocate funds diligently to fulfill CRPD and Persons with Disabilities obligations, marking a new chapter in Botswana’s legislative history towards inclusive development.

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Kabo Matlho’s Majestic Reentry Descends Upon a Solo Venture

27th February 2024

Kabo Matlho, a luminary whose fame once graced the grand finale of My Star, is poised to enchant the music realm once more with an upcoming solo venture—an RnB and Hip-Hop Extended Play (EP)—heralding his grand resurgence after a hiatus that spoke volumes.

During a telephonic confab with our editors, the virtuoso, navigating the world from the confines of his wheelchair, confided that while the exact launch date of the EP remains shrouded in mystery, he is fervently working towards a mid-2024 reveal. Matlho shared the trials of his odyssey, especially the cold shoulder he received from the industry ambushes, crediting the harsh exclusion to his physical predicament.

“The scene calls me once more, for the absence has been both a sabbatical and a shadow. The road for an artist, enveloped in the embrace of wheels, is strewn with fewer welcomes and scarce stages. Yet, herein I forge my return, with the precise hour of my EP’s birth still nestled in the coming chapters, assuredly within this year’s embrace,” Matlho unveiled with a determination that shone bright.

 

Probed on his choice for a solo EP, the melody weaver expressed a desire to not only rekindle his essence but to stand solitary under the spotlight, nurturing his brand to vigor before possibly blending it with the talents of others—once his career phoenix rises anew from its ashes.

Elaborating on his Extended Play, Matlho shared visions of its essence, where the soul of RnB intertwines with the spirited rhythm of Hip-Hop, crafting an audial tapestry that not only returns to his roots but also ventures into previously uncharted territories of his musical domain. With resilience, Matlho faces the crossroads of his artistry, embracing the whisperings of Hip-Hop that tease the boundaries of his comfort, embarking on this path with a heart both apprehensive and ablaze.

 

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BODANSA strikes gold with a handsome P45K windfall from Turnstar Holdings

27th February 2024

The Botswana DanceSport Association (BODANSA) has been graced with a financial boon of P45,000 courtesy of Turnstar Holdings. This generous endowment is earmarked for the illustrious Botswana International Dance Sport Grand Prix Championships, which are scheduled to animate Gaborone from Friday to Saturday.

At a media engagement held early today, BODANSA’s Marketing Maestro, Tiro Ntwayagae, shared that Turnstar Holdings Limited has bestowed a gift of P45,000 towards the grand spectacle.

“We are thrilled to announce that this backing will enable us to orchestrate a cultural soirée at the Game City Marque locale, a night brimming with cultural fervor set for March 1, 2024, from 6pm to the stroke of midnight.

This enchanting space will also serve as the battleground for the preliminaries of traditional dance ensembles—spanning the rhythmically rich Setapa to the euphoric beats of Sebirwa, the spirited Seperu, the heavenly Hosana, and more—in a competition folded into the Traditional Dance Groups Category. The ensemble that dances into the judges’ hearts will clinch a grand prize of P10,000,” elaborated Ntwayagae.

He further illuminated that the cultural eve would not only celebrate traditional melodies but also the fresh beats of contemporary dance variants including Hip Hop, Sbujwa, Amapiano, among others, in a dazzling display of modern dance mastery.

Moreover, these championships carry the prestigious recognition by the World DanceSport Federation as a qualifying round for the Breakdance category for the Paris 2024 Olympics. “This is a monumental opportunity for athletes to leap towards their Olympic dreams during one of the penultimate qualifiers,” underscored Ntwayagae.

Looking ahead to March 2, 2024, the festivities will propel into the University of Botswana Indoor Sports Arena for the championship’s climactic showdowns encompassing Breakdance, Latin, and Ballroom Dancing.

 

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