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Boko takes on Dibotelo, Kgathi

Leader of Opposition in Parliament and Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) president, Duma Boko has promised to confront Chief Justice, Maruping Dibotelo if indeed he is in consultation with the Ministry of Defence Justice and Security (MDJS) with view to asses bail provision.


Boko also in the same breadth lampooned MDJS Minister, Shaw Kgathi for seeking to pervert the country’s judicial system. Boko said this in response to Kgathi’s words in parliament that his ministry is in consultations with Chief Justice Maruping Dibotelo on examining bail provision.


Boko stated on the floor of parliament this week that: “…what is alarming and which betrays the false understanding …of rule of law by the minister is this idea that he has a problem with bail.” “He has a problem with bail so much so that he says he is engaging with the Chief Justice in relation to bail. That is not only wrong, it is in fact unlawful. It is unlawful first because bail is regulated by law as we speak, you do not have to engage with the Chief Justice in relation to bail. When you do that you are seeking to corrupt the judicial system.”


He further stated that Kgathi’s overture as a high ranking executive figure greatly imperils the independence of the Judiciary and the doctrine of separation of powers: “When you do that you are seeking to have us in a situation where our judicial systems, our Judges are operating under dictation.”


“That is wrong. It is unconstitutional. It is a violation of the constitutional threesome, which we call the separation of powers; where judges are supposed to do their work without any let or hindrance by yourselves as ministers or whatever else you may want to call yourselves.” he stated.


Boko who is also Botswana National Front president and a lawyer by profession continued to state: “It is important to appreciate your jarring statement here that you are engaging with the Chief Justice, if the Chief Justice is entertaining you, I am going to tell him straight up that he is violating the law himself. If he is entertaining any such overtures from you, it is wrong.”


He also continued to state that the constitution of Botswana is clear in setting out the circumstances under which any citizen or any person within the country can be deprived of their liberty. “Our Constitution is also very clear in Section 10 Sub-Section 2 (a) all the way to (f) in setting out the presumption of innocence that applies, and this is what our courts interpret, this is what our courts apply in granting suspects bail.


If you are aggrieved with that, the best thing for you is either to read the law and understand it properly or go back to the people and seek to amend the constitution and do violence to the rule of law, aside from that you have absolutely no business engaging with Chief Justice in relation to bail or any other issue for that matter,” he said to Kgathi.


P14 billion and the Gripens
In his speech Boko also tore into Botswana Defence Force (BDF) expenditure for the National Development Plan 11 describing it as misdirected while there are more pressing challenges facing the country. He described the expenditure as irresponsible at a time when mines are shutting down while government is failing to bail out these folding enterprises describing it “as an act of gross irresponsibility bordering in fact on criminality”.


He further stated that potential danger to the country’s tranquillity does not lie in a foreign power but with the jobless and the poor. “The second issue I want to point out is that the biggest threat to national security is the crushing poverty, the aching misery of unemployment and the terrible situation of the working destitute that our country finds itself in. The biggest threat to national security is not any external threat, it is in fact internal strife that will arise and result from the failure of this Government to address the youth bulge that has now become a ticking time bomb.”


Boko also left the ministers with a jarring parting shot: “I want to conclude by warning the ministers. “In the same way that directors have a fiduciary responsibility in relation to the enterprises that they oversee, ministers have a fiduciary obligation, and that fiduciary obligation means when the time comes all of you are personally, personally liable when the time comes, all of you are liable.”


He further cautioned: “Each and every single one of you, individually and personally, each one of you is liable to imprisonment for the irresponsible decisions over which you preside now and to the misery that you are subjecting this nation to. I want this to be very clear in your minds; I rest on that unpleasant note for all of you.”

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According to BBC , it has referred the club to an independent commission over alleged rule breaches between 2009 and 2018 , and also that Man-city has not been co-operating since the investigation which started in 2018 .

BBC further states that The commission can impose punishment including a fine , points deduction and expelling the club from the Premier league.

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South Korean Embassy aids students living with disabilities

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When talking at the handing over ceremony, Chull-Joo Park, said they agreed with BRCS to give out e-learning equipment to better the training skills of students living with disabilities.

“With the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) equipment and job training skills, we will be able to help the students living with disabilities to do e-learning and to better their education and job training,” said Chull-Joo Park.

It was revealed that the South Korean Embassy approached BRCS with the intent to donate equipment and educational material that includes an embroidery machine, photo copier machine, tablets and interactive boards to be utilized by the trainees.

The industrial printer is a machine that works with embroidery machine to print designs for clothing and it will enable the learners to have more material available to them to facilitate learning.

Through this embroidery machine, students will be exposed to better technologies which ultimately improve the quality of materials they produce. It will also allow students to learn business skills and run profitable ventures.

Smart board gadgets will provide the students with an elevated learning process to be fostered by e-learning. The gadgets provide a more visual element to the learning process, which in turn improves learner mental retention.

Tlamelong Rehabilitation serves the marginalized and underserved less privileged persons living with disability in Botswana. The center offers boarding services, vocational training, social services, physiotherapy and rehabilitation services for young people living disabilities aged 18-35 from across the country over a period of two (2) years per cohort which has a maximum intake capacity of 35. BRCS through International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) have managed to create great working synergy with the South Korean Embassy in Pretoria based in South Africa to support or augment the National Society’s Rehabilitation Centre’s learning challenges.

For his part, BRSC Secretary General Kutlwano Mokokomani said they are delighted to convey their gratitude as BRSC to the South Korean Embassy for donation and they look forward to an enduring partnership for such worthy causes.

“South Korean Embassy’s great gesture will enable trainees to thrive, to fulfil their dreams to become a reality as this equipments will go a long way in creating great impact in the lives of trainees and their families. We wish to convey our sincere gratitude to the South Korean Embassy for their noble gesture of donating the E-learning equipments.”

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