Information coming out of the African Union is that there are currently six candidates who have put forward their names for consideration as the next Chairperson of the African Union, which is scheduled to be decided at the organization's next summit in January 2017.
Dr. Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi, who is the endorsed candidate of the member states of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) has taken time to congratulate each of the five other candidates that have also put forward their names for selecting, observing:
"What an encouraging time to be an African when so many great candidates can be put forward, all ready to sacrifice their time and energy towards building a more prosperous, united and proud continent."
Dr. Venson-Moitoi further added that: "The diverse pool of candidates is a reflection of the fact that there is no shortage of ideas or commitment on the need to take our great Union forward. The challenge for all of us remains the need to convert our ideals and aspirations into practical actions that are of tangible benefit to all Africans. I have had the good fortune to come from, and have worked at the highest levels within, a country, Botswana, which has just celebrated 50 years of peaceful, people centred development. This circumstance has allowed for the provision meaningful services based on the planned delivery of programmes.
"It is this administrative experience, of balancing diverse needs and popular expectations, which I wish to now bring to the position of the next AU chair. It is my conviction that for our Africa renaissance to bear fruit, we need to stand up, roll up our sleeves and get to work. There is no other way. In this respect, my own track record of getting organizations, particularly in the public sector, to perform is a matter of public record. It is this background and understanding of what is possible when strong administration and committed governance come together in an organizational context that I now offer. I want to make our mother continent a better place for all starting January 2017. This is our time; Africa deserves the very best."
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.
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.
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.