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Gov’t bans all stadium music festivals

This week a directive SC/ 1/ 21 XI (91) from Botswana National Sport Council (BNSC) dated 16th March 2018 was sent to a number of local music promoters informing them of government’s decision to halt all music festivals to be held at stadia across the country.

The move was received with mixed emotions and has since left Batswana with only one option which is Duma FM grounds, which has a small carrying capacity. With a carrying capacity of 22 thousand the national stadium in Gaborone was the biggest venue to host events like Gaborone International Music and Culture Week (GIMC), Tlatsa Lebala and others, in the absence of facilities to host such festivals. The place provided a much spacious atmosphere for revellers and being at the heart of the city it was easily accessible.

Government has allegedly moved to ban all music festivals from the stadia in the interest of public safety. The letter reads in part: “Kindly note that the Ministry of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development (MYESCD) has since taken a decision to cease hosting of music festivals in the stadia.” The decision affects both the Francistown and Maun stadia which too are the entertainment centres in these places.

This is believed to be linked to a stampede that occurred during Last year’s GIMC which resulted in the death of a 20 year old University of Botswana. Following that incident, the Office of the President took an overnight decision to ban all music festivals; however MYESCD minister, Thapelo Olopeng saved the day paving way for the UB 40 show to be hosted at the stadium later last year.  Both Permanent Secretary to the President (PSP) Cater Morupisi and Thapelo Olopeng had agreed then that the move would kill the entertainment or creative industry. Efforts to solicit comment from both the ministry and the BNSC proved futile as calls to relevant authorities went unanswered. 

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BDP decides Balopi’s fate

22nd November 2021
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The Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) Central Committee (CC) meeting, chaired by President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi late last month, resolved that the party’s next Secretary-General (SG) should be a full-time employee based at Tsholetsa House and not active in politics.

The resolution by the CC, which Masisi proposed, is viewed as a ploy to deflate the incumbent, Mpho Balopi’s political ambitions and send him into political obscurity. The two have not been on good terms since the 2019 elections, and the fallout has been widening despite attempts to reconcile them. In essence, the BDP says that Balopi, who is currently a Member of Parliament, Minister of Employment, Labour Productivity and Skills Development, and a businessman, is overwhelmed by the role.

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BDF-Namibians shootings autopsy report revealed

22nd November 2021
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The Botswana Defence Force (BDF)-Namibians fatal shooting tragedy Inquest has revealed through autopsy report that the BDF carried over 800 bullets for the mission, 32 of which were discharged towards the targets, and 19 of which hit the targets.

This would mean that 13 bullets missed the targets-in what would be a 60 percent precision rate for the BDF operation target shooting. The Autopsy report shows that Martin Nchindo was shot with five (4) bullets, Ernst Nchindo five (5) bullets, Tommy Nchindo five (5) bullets and Sinvula Munyeme five (5) bullets. From the seven (7) BDF soldiers that left the BDF camp in two boats, four (4) fired the shots that killed the Namibians.

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Gov’t confused over Moitoi’s UN job application

22nd November 2021
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The former Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi’s decision to apply for the positions of United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and their deputies (DSRSG), has left the government confused over whether to lend her support or not, WeekendPost has established.

Moitoi’s application follows the Secretary-General’s launch of the third edition of the Global Call for Heads and Deputy Heads of United Nations Field Missions, which aims to expand the pool of candidates for the positions of SRSG) and their deputies to advance gender parity and geographical diversity at the most senior leadership level in the field. These mission leadership positions are graded at the Under-Secretary-General and Assistant Secretary-General levels.

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