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Kgosi wins round one

The Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) was on Thursday left with no option but to set another mention date to give themselves time to advise themselves in a case where they are prosecuting former spy boss, Isaac Kgosi for exposing the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS) operations to the public.

Kgosi is alleged to have disclosed photographs of DIS security agents which were later featured in some publications claiming that there was a plot to assassinate him. He had allegedly shared with the said media houses pictures of his alleged perpetrators who are intelligence agents armed with weapons.

In his version on the complaint letter to the security organs, Kgosi claimed that the two intelligence agents had followed him into the physiotherapy clinic where they aggressively demanded from the receptionist that they be taken to him. He further alleges that he followed and found his perpetrators parked outside; deadly armed with weapons of war including an Uzi submachine gun after their request was turned down by the receptionist at the clinic.

The postponement of the case came after the DPP failed to explain whether they will go for trial without evidence of the cell phone or whether to be given time to continue looking for the said phone. When the case resumed, DPP attorney Thato Dibeela urged the court to allow Kgosi to take a plea, and this was dismissed by Kgosi’s attorney Thabiso Tafila who stated that, “I am uncomfortable with this plea, my client cannot take a plea when we have not been given all the necessary information as the state is still investigating him on this matter.

They alleged that he took pictures of security agents using a certain phone, just yesterday twenty officers were at his house in search of the said phone,” said Tafila, adding that the state should make it clear if they are going for trial without the said phone or not. And in her response, Dibeela said, “I do not want to bind myself. What I can say is that at the moment we do not have the pictures but we will avail them to the defense as and when we get them,” she said.

Dibeela further argued that the defense should bear in mind that the matter before court is not about the alleged photographs that were captured but about the violation of the DIS laws. “The charge sheet does not say the matter was brought to this court for the charge of photographs. We can proceed with this case with or without them. At this point we still do not have the photographs.” It was then that Regional Magistrate Masilo Mathaka told Dibeela to either set another mention date or decide that they will go to trial without the evidence of the phone.

Sources in the intelligence revealed that efforts to confiscate the alleged gadget from Kgosi failed dismally. They further revealed that the said gadget has shown that it was last used on the day the photographs were leaked to the mentioned publication. “It is clear that the phone was destroyed, he could not have kept it around. That is for sure.” The above mentioned source further revealed to this publication that according to the technicians Kgosi had backed up information in other gadgets, his computers, laptops and hard drives therefore all those were to be confiscated.

Another source from Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) disclosed to this publication that the gadgets used to back up could not be confiscated as it only restricted them to only the cellphone. “The search warrant restricted us to only the cellphone, it is very hard getting evidence for this case. Even if we can get another search warrant, it would be too late. He will dispose all the information just like the cellphone.”

A month back the DIS confronted Kgosi in a heated argument at his mother’s funeral at his home village of Matsiloje over what they said is his refusal to return a government cellphone. It is alleged that the DIS later confiscated two of Kgosi’s phones but later realized that they were not the ones used to capture the said photographs. More security agents were back at Kgosi’s house earlier this week in an attempt to further search for the cellphone. “We had thought the pictures were in those phones we confiscated a while back,” said the source.

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People with Disabilities Face Barriers to Political Participation in Botswana

23rd February 2024

Individuals challenged by disabilities encounter formidable obstacles when endeavoring to partake in political processes within the context of Botswana. Political involvement, a cornerstone of democratic governance, empowers citizens to shape the legislative landscape that impacts their daily existence. Despite Botswana’s reputation for upholding democratic ideals, recent insights unveil a troubling reality – those with disabilities find themselves marginalized in the realm of politics, contending with substantial barriers obstructing the exercise of their democratic liberties.

A recent inquiry in Botswana unveiled a panorama where individuals with disabilities confront hurdles in navigating the political arena, their involvement often restricted to the basic act of voting. Voices emerged from the study, underscoring the critical necessity of fostering environments that are accessible and welcoming, affording individuals with disabilities the active engagement they rightfully deserve in political processes. Noteworthy was the account of a participant grappling with physical impairments, shedding light on the glaring absence of ramps at polling stations and the urgent call for enhanced support mechanisms to ensure an equitable electoral participation.

The echoes reverberating from these narratives serve as poignant reminders of the entrenched obstacles impeding the full integration of individuals with disabilities into the democratic tapestry. The inaccessibility of polling stations and the glaring absence of provisions tailored to the needs of persons with disabilities loom large as formidable barricades to their political engagement. Particularly pronounced is the plight of those grappling with severe impairments and intellectual challenges, who face even steeper hurdles in seizing political participation opportunities, often grappling with feelings of isolation and exclusion from the political discourse.

Calls for decisive action cascade forth, urging the establishment of more inclusive and accessible political ecosystems that embrace individuals with disabilities in Botswana. Government bodies and concerned stakeholders are urged to prioritize the enactment of laws and policies designed to safeguard the political rights of individuals with disabilities. Furthermore, initiatives geared towards enhancing awareness and education on political processes and rights for this segment of society must be spearheaded, alongside the adoption of inclusive measures within political institutions and party structures.

By dismantling these barriers and nurturing a political landscape that is truly inclusive, Botswana can earnestly uphold its democratic ethos and afford every citizen, including those with disabilities, a substantive opportunity to partake in the political fabric of the nation.



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Neo Kirchway- Defying the odds

23rd February 2024

In the heartwarming tale of Neo Kirchway, a beacon of inspiration emerges, shining brightly amid life’s adversities.

Defying the constraints of destiny, Neo Kirchway, a resilient Motswana soul now thriving in the United States, stands tall despite the absence of her lower limbs. With unwavering determination, she tends to her cherished family – a loving husband and four children – engaging in the daily symphony of household tasks with remarkable grace.

Neo’s indomitable spirit traces back to the fateful year of 1994, a time when medical intervention called for the amputation of her curled legs. Embracing this pivotal juncture with unwavering courage and the blessing of her mother, she ventured forth into a world adorned with prosthetic legs, eager to script a tale of triumph.

Venturing beyond borders, Neo’s journey led her to the embrace of the United States, where serendipity intertwined her fate with that of her soulmate, Garrett Kirchway. Together, this harmonious duo navigates the ebbs and flows of life, their bond fortified by unwavering love and unyielding support.

In a bid to illuminate paths and embolden hearts, Neo leverages the digital realm, crafting a sanctuary of empowerment on her YouTube channel. Brimming with authenticity and raw emotion, her videos chronicle the tapestry of her daily life, serving as a testament to resilience and the unwavering human spirit.

Amidst the digital cosmos, Neo, affectionately known as “KirchBaby,” reigns supreme, a luminary in the hearts of 658,000 enraptured subscribers. Through her captivating content, she not only navigates the mundane tasks of cooking, cleaning, and childcare but also dances with celestial grace, a testament to her boundless spirit and unyielding zest for life.

In the cathedral of Neo Kirchway’s narrative, resilience reigns supreme, echoing a universal truth – that amidst life’s gales, the human spirit, when kindled by hope and fortitude, emerges as a beacon of light, illuminating even the darkest of paths.


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Inequalities Faced by Individuals with Disabilities

22nd February 2024

The government’s efforts to integrate individuals with disabilities in Botswana society are being hampered by budgetary constraints. Those with disabilities face inequalities in budgetary allocations in the health and education sectors. For instance, it is reported that the government allocates higher budgetary funds to the general health sector, while marginal allocations are proposed for the development and implementation of the National Primary Health Care guidelines and Standards for those with Disabilities. This shows that in terms of budgetary solutions, the government’s proposed initiatives in improving the health and well-being of those with disabilities remain futile as there is not enough money going towards disability-specific health programs. On the other hand, limited budgetary allocations to the Special Education Unit also are a primary contributor to the inequalities faced by children with disabilities. The government only provides for the employment of 15 teachers with qualifications in special education despite the large numbers of children with intellectual disabilities that are in need of special education throughout Botswana. Such disproportional allocation of resources inhibits the capacity to provide affordable and accessible assisted technology and residential support services for those with disabilities. Given the fact that a different amount of resources have been availed to the education and health sectors, the general understanding is that the government is not doing enough to ensure that adequate resources are distributed to disability-specific programs and facilities such as barrier-free environments, residential homes, and special education schools for children with disabilities.


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