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Gov’t sabotages citizen planned power station

Kanye local, Phenyo Thekeleza

Government is expected to float a tender for a 100 Mega Watts (mw) solar power station that will be constructed near Jwaneng, Weekend Post has established.

This comes at the backdrop of a citizen owned company that has already stated its intentions of building another power plant in Kanye, anticipated to produce 700 MW.

Government through the Department of Energy at the Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources (MMEWR) has written a letter to Southern District Council (SDC) requesting for land to erect the solar power plant.

The other power plant initiated by a Kanye local, Phenyo Thekeleza, who revealed to this publication that he had a P11 billion investor would be situated in Kanye once logistics were finalised with government. The plant has already secured land and a memorandum of agreement has been signed with the Bathoen II Trust for the 1000 hectares land.

It is understood that one of the main challenges facing the government project is the acquisition of land and preparation of the project site by the ministry.  Therefore MMEWR wants land and possible conditions that may go with it from the SDC which has land rights of the site earmarked for the project.

“MMEWR is in the process of undertaking a100mw solar power plant project as one of its initiatives of developing a low carbon energy portfolio and as well as contributing to ensuring that the country meets its energy requirements,” said a letter from the Department of Energy to SDC.

According to the department, MMEWR has commenced the process of procuring an Independent Power Producer (IPP), who will design, develop, finance, construct, own, operate and maintain the power plant.

It is understood that the discussion of the 2 power plants has reached cabinet through Minister of Agriculture and Kanye North legislator Patrick Pule Ralotsia.  

The energy generated by the power plant is to be sold to Botswana Power Corporation (BPC). 

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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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