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DCEC, DIS raid Khama’s associates

In what is said to be an ongoing ‘clean-up campaign’ by President Mokgweetsi Masisi, a 100 men team from different security organs were on Friday deployed across the country conducting searches in properties belonging to people who worked closely with former President Ian Khama and Isaac Kgosi in the past administration.

The security organs comprising of the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC), Botswana Unified Revenue Service (BURS) and the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS) were already at different places around 7 am yesterday (Friday).  The search which is still ongoing today (Saturday), took place at least 10 places belonging to seven people.

Sources close to the development suggest that the move is aimed at killing confidence on the former president who is said to be determined to undermine the current administration. “They have collected every piece of document and some weapons from the suspects,” said a source, adding that, “They have now hit hard on Khama. He never anticipated that Masisi could hit him this hard.”

Isaac Kgosi

The agents searched Kgosi’s three houses: Phakalane, G West Phase 1 and Extension 11; his three farms: Sentlhane, Maboane and Ga-Kgatla; Silver Shadows Holdings in Extension 11.

John Little

Little is Kgosi’s associate and accountant. He was in the past administration doing secretarial functions for both Kgosi and Khama. His office is in Kgale MEWS. Our team was able to get inside the office during the search where they found about 12 employees and two state agents in one office. The employees looked puzzled as they stated that other security organs were busy in other offices.

Thatayaone Seduke

He was contracted by the former DIS boss to do electrical installations in all DIS facilities across the country. Seduke’s International Aviation Solutions and Phakalane house are under the raid.  

Velamina Maswabi

She is a DIS official, and was during the reign of Kgosi tasked with handling covert projects.  She is said to have a special relationship with Kgosi, and even accused of running the office alone. Velamina is associated with the DIS staff house in Block 7 which is alleged to have been used to stash some equipment belonging to DIS. Her other properties to be attended to are the Tawana house and Grand Millennium Park.

Shathani July

He worked as Kgosi’s driver. He has Kgosi’s Ga-Kgatla farm under his names. July’s Block 7 house is also being searched.

Otshegeditswe Basiame

He is also a close associate of Kgosi. He owns Bash Carriers.

Tshepho Sebina

Sebina, a contractor, also had his property in Nkopyaphiri Industrial and Asphalt Botswana Company raided.

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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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