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The closure of the BCL mine affected over 6000 employees and several companies that had direct and indirect business with the Mine. Kebonang’s Ministry of Minerals finds itself at the centre of this tragedy and he is expected to provide answers on why the closure and what the way forward is. Government has promised to deliver alternative jobs in the Selibe Phikwe area, Kebonang shall remain the face of this tragedy.  

Before he was transferred to the Ministry of he was summoned by the Parliamentary Committee on Statutory Bodies to answer to issues relating to the Botswana Railways and Air Botswana. He was questioned over his trips to Brazil, France linked to the proposed procurement of a new fleet of the Airline.

The Parliamentary Committee on Statutory Bodies chaired by Member of Parliament for Tati East, Samson Guma Moyo found him at fault for some of the decisions he took at the Botswana Tourism Organisation (BTO). He allowed the parastatal to run without a Board and assumed the responsibility of the Board on some occasions, entering into contracts on behalf of the BTO. He has since pledged to correct the anomaly and he owned up to some decisions.

His Ministry amended the Electoral Act, scrapping off the supplementary voter registration and the introduction of the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) have angered the opposition and some union leaders. They fear that the machines could be a sinister plot to influence the outcome of the 2019 general election.

The military spending especially on fighter jets pitted him against some civic leaders, academics and the opposition parties. His ministry will spend P22 billion during the course of the National Development Plan  11.

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Woman swindled out of P62 000 by fake CID officers

17th June 2021

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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