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IDM interrogates the country’s state of public health

The Institute of Development Management’s Bachelor of Public Health students conducted a panel discussion which focused on health regulations in Botswana.  The discussion was part of student engagement with the health sector to enhance learning through industry collaboration.

The session which was themed ‘Health Regulations in Botswana – Effectiveness, Challenges and Opportunities,’ focused on key issues relating to regulations and how the relevant stakeholders are playing their role towards an effective health system. The panel discussion targeted mainly IDM students and other faculties as well as relevant officials such as the Registrar of Nursing and Midwifery Council, Human rights activist, Public Health Specialist, Botswana Health Professionals Council representative.

“Our organisation ensures that there are health qualified professionals as well as adequate drugs that are safe to be imported in Botswana. We also provide treatment of diseases and offer health promotion as well as ensuring that the population has a prolonged health,” said Hanna Kau-Kigo, the Registrar of Nursing and midwifery council of Botswana

Dr Marape Marape emphasised that the council need to be autonomous and self-regulated. He further explained that the council need to be staffed and resourced as it will be difficult to carry out the mandate of the council. “A nurse should be self-regulated because as a nurse I know what I do and how I should do it,” he added.

Dispute Resolution Consultant Nkiwane Ndaba founder of Ndaba and Associates explained that there is a department that handles the concern of employees and that there cannot be a health facility handled by someone from outside. “Where there is no self-regulation, there will be regress. Some of these department should be taken from the government and be run by professionals,” Ndaba said.

Ndaba had however advised that Human Resource Managers should know the law.  “Public Health Act states that food handlers should be for communicable diseases at least twice a year which impede a person from performing,” he said. He said as the dispute resolution officers they are there to check the regulations of the organisations and if they don’t fall on the wrong side of the law.

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Woman swindled out of P62 000 by fake CID officers

17th June 2021
Motube

Botswana Police Service (BPS) has indicated concern about the ongoing trend where the general public falls victim to criminals purporting to be police officers.

According to BPS Assistant Commissioner, Dipheko Motube, the criminals target individuals at shopping malls and Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) where upon approaching the unsuspecting individual the criminals would pretend to have picked a substantial amount of money and they would make a proposal to the victims that the money is counted and shared in an isolated place.

“On the way, as they stop at the isolated place, they would start to count and sharing of the money, a criminal syndicate claiming to be Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officer investigating a case of stolen money will approach them,” said Motube in a statement.

The Commissioner indicated that the fake police officers would instruct the victims to hand over all the cash they have in their possession, including bank cards and Personal Identification Number (PIN), the perpetrators would then proceed to withdraw money from the victim’s bank account.

Motube also revealed that they are also investigating a case in which a 69 year old Motswana woman from Molepolole- who is a victim of the scam- lost over P62 000 last week Friday to the said perpetrators.

“The Criminal syndicate introduced themselves as CID officers investigating a case of robbery where a man accompanying the woman was the suspect.’’

They subsequently went to the woman’s place and took cash amounting to over P12 000 and further swindled amount of P50 000 from the woman’s bank account under the pretext of the further investigations.

In addition, Motube said they are currently investigating the matter and therefore warned the public to be vigilant of such characters and further reminds the public that no police officer would ask for bank cards and PINs during the investigations.

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BCP walks out of UDC meeting

15th June 2021
Boko and Saleshando

Botswana Congress Party (BCP) leadership walked out of Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting this week on account of being targeted by other cooperating partners.

UDC meet for the first time since 2020 after previous futile attempts, but the meeting turned into a circus after other members of the executive pushed for BCP to explain its role in media statements that disparate either UDC and/or contracting parties.

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Katlholo wins against DPP

15th June 2021
DCEC DIRECTOR: Tymon Katlholo

The Director General of the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crimes (DCEC), Tymon Katlholo’s spirited fight against the contentious transfers of his management team has forced the Office of the President to rescind the controversial decision. However, some insiders suggest that the reversal of the transfers may have left some interested parties with bruised egos and nursing red wounds.

The transfers were seen by observers as a badly calculated move to emasculate the DCEC which is seen as defiant against certain objectionable objectives by certain law enforcement agencies – who are proven decisionists with very little regard for the law and principle.

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