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BDP MP’s grill Khama over posts

President Lt Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama had some answering to do before the newly elected Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) Members of Parliament this week over the Zambia ambassador post which is linked to the former Minister of Lands and Housing, Lebonaamang Mokalake.

Weekendpost has gathered that the BDP MPS demanded answers at the party caucus meeting as to why Bernard Bolele is not the designate for possible posting to Zambia. They contended that the party caucus had agreed that Bolele who controversially lost in the Mahalapye West primary elections should be earmarked for the Zambia post or any other that would be vacant.

The MPs were of the view that the Zambia vacancy presented an opportunity for Bolele, but Khama decided to chose Mokalake something which the Members of Parliament did not take kindly to. Reports indicate the President gave the MPs an audience and was very candid on the matter. This was the same caucus meeting that was to decide on the voting of Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly and endorsement of Vice President.

Khama is said to have apologised to the BDP MPs and promised to make correct things going forward. It is reported that the legislators calmed down after some reassuring words from the President. Bolele has kept a low profile since his loss in Mahalapye West to Joseph Molefhe. Molefhe was present at the party caucus which discussed Bolele, who has kept good relations with both government and the party despite expressing grievances about his loss in the primaries.

However at the end the BDP MPs left the meeting as a united front as they went to elect Gladys Kokorwe and Kagiso Molatlhegi as Speaker and Deputy Speaker against Dr Margaret Nasha and Abraham Kesupile who were endorsed by the opposition. The President made his case clear to MPs that they should vote for Kokorwe as the speaker instead of Nasha whom Khama said was difficult to work with.

Another issue that the BDP MPs raised was in regard to Cabinet appointments. Some MPs felt that it was not what they anticipated. However, some were of the view that the President used his discretion to appoint the ministers and he did could not please everyone.

Shashe West MP, Fidelis Molao is one those who expected to be named in the Cabinet because of his loyalty to the party. Molao has since been rewarded with the position of BDP chief whip in parliament.

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CEO Africa Roundtable: Mnangagwa advocates for technological embrace

17th June 2024

The CEO Africa Roundtable has emerged as a pivotal platform for shaping national, regional, and international development dialogues through public-private engagements. At the annual CEO Africa Roundtable event held in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, President Emmerson Mnangagwa exhorted business leaders to embrace technology and leverage indigenous solutions to stimulate Africa’s economic growth.

Mnangagwa highlighted that the presence of delegates from across the continent signifies the business community’s confidence in Zimbabwe’s trade and investment environment, as well as in the broader regional (SADC) and continental markets.

Addressing the theme, “The Future of Africa: Modernize, Reshape, and Grow,” President Mnangagwa asserted that this theme aligns with Africa’s developmental aspirations, emphasizing the need “to innovate in order to increase production and productivity, as espoused in the African Union’s Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want.”

He remarked that the Roundtable provides its members with a valuable platform for networking, gaining expert insights, sharing experiences regarding the local business environment, and proposing policy recommendations aimed at enhancing the business operating environment.

The President lauded the CEO Africa Roundtable and its partners for organizing focused discussions, dialogue sessions, and innovative platforms tailored to various key economic sectors as part of the event.

“Innovation and the use of information communication technology are critical enablers as we traverse the journey towards modernizing and reshaping the African continent’s economic landscape,” Mnangagwa stated.

According to Mnangagwa, the world is on the cusp of a technological revolution that is transforming how “we work and relate to one another.” He noted that this shift involves a fusion of technologies that blur the lines between the physical, digital, and biological spheres.

This technological disruption is affecting every industry, hence Mnangagwa urged business leaders and policymakers to capitalize on the fourth industrial revolution, which holds the potential to elevate global income levels and enhance the quality of life for populations worldwide.

President Mnangagwa challenged African business leaders to be innovative, embrace their identities, and devise homegrown solutions. He asserted that Africans possess the platform and intelligence to elevate the continent’s economy to greater heights.

Earlier, CEO Africa Roundtable Chairman Oswell Binha indicated that the platform is expanding across Africa. He welcomed the addition of three new chapters in Botswana, Malawi, and Zambia. He further noted that more chapters will be introduced as part of efforts to foster collaboration among African businesses, harnessing the principles of the Africa Free Trade Area and regional integration. Over 300 delegates from across Africa attended the CEO Roundtable event in Victoria Falls.


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16th June 2024

At the prestigious CEO Africa Roundtable Summit held in Victoria Falls, Botswana was represented by the Chairperson of the CEO Africa Roundtable Botswana Chapter, Tryphinah Dongwana-Kenalemang, and her deputy, Aubrey Lute. This annual convergence, themed “The Future of Africa: Modernize, Reshape, and Grow,” drew luminaries from across the continent.

Over 300 Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) and business Executives attended the Summit.

Dongwana-Kenalemang elaborated on the significance of Botswana’s attendance, emphasizing that it served as a benchmarking exercise in preparation for hosting a similar event in Botswana. She underscored the imperative for African nations to collaborate and exchange trade insights, thereby unlocking a wealth of opportunities.

The CEO Africa Roundtable is dedicated to fostering economic growth and sustainable development across the continent. Its objectives include promoting intra-African trade, driving innovation, and forging strategic partnerships. The platform enables business leaders to share knowledge, engage in high-level dialogue, and influence policy-making.

The genesis of the Botswana Chapter’s relationship with the CEO Africa Roundtable dates back to their initial encounter at the US-Africa Business Summit in July 2023, held in Gaborone. This seminal meeting laid the groundwork for ongoing collaboration and mutual support in advancing Africa’s economic future.


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Liquid Intelligent Technologies boosts fibre connectivity for Botswana businesses

7th June 2024

Liquid Intelligent Technologies, a subsidiary of Cassava Technologies and a leading pan-African technology conglomerate, has announced the successful completion of the second phase of the Gaborone Metro Ring project. This significant milestone underscores Liquid Botswana’s commitment to enhancing high-speed connectivity, fostering innovation, and driving economic growth throughout Botswana’s capital.

“In August 2023, we completed the first phase of the Metro Ring project. Less than a year later, we have now completed the second phase. In the process, we created 400 new jobs, both directly and indirectly, and connected hundreds of additional businesses in the city. The second phase of the Metro Ring project includes connections to key strategic locations, linking all major business centers,” stated Odirile Tamajobe, Managing Director of Liquid Intelligent Technologies Botswana.

Building on the momentum from Phase 1, Liquid’s enterprise and wholesale clients in the region can anticipate reduced tariffs for local and international data products, as well as enhanced internet, communication, data transfer, and video streaming services. This initiative aligns with the company’s vision of a digitally inclusive future, ensuring no African is left behind.

Liquid has made significant investments to establish itself as a dominant presence, providing businesses with an expansive network that offers connectivity and access to digital platforms. This critical milestone highlights the organization’s ongoing collaboration with the public sector to achieve the government’s strategic plan and establish itself as a key contributor to the National Digital Transformation Strategy, ensuring no Motswana is left behind.

This expansion also aims to grow Liquid Intelligent Technologies’ wholesale, enterprise, and retail offerings across Botswana, resulting in improved customer service and the introduction of new products.

About Liquid Intelligent Technologies

Liquid Intelligent Technologies is a subsidiary of Cassava Technologies, a pan-African technology group operating in over 25 countries across Africa. Liquid has firmly established itself as the leading provider of pan-African digital infrastructure with a 110,000 km-long fibre broadband network and satellite connectivity, offering high-speed internet access anywhere in Africa. Liquid also leverages its digital network to provide Cloud and Cyber Security solutions through strategic partnerships with leading global players. Liquid is a comprehensive technology solutions group, delivering customized digital solutions to public and private sector enterprises and SMEs across the continent.

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