The Botswana Sectors of Teachers Union (BOSETU) has welcomed the appointments at the two Ministries of Education – Dr Alfred Madigele as the new Minister of Minister of Tertiary Education, Research, Science and Technology, assisted by Mr Fidelis Molao; as well as the appointment of Dr Unity Dow is Minister of Basic Education, assisted by Mr Moiseraele Goya.
Through its Secretary General, Tobokani Rari, BOSETU points out that while Madigele’s qualifications are not particularly on education issues, he has demonstrated zeal and energy while assistant minister at Health. Rari says the new portfolio requires some of the hands on approach he demonstrated at his previous work station. “We hope that he will move speedily to address the mess at colleges of education brought about by the so called transformation of colleges of education and brigades.
Rari is of the view that although Dr Dow has not achieved anything significant that someone could write home about while Minister of Education and Skills Development, she was beginning to show signs of patience when it comes to listening to teachers’ issues. “Of late she has been showing signs of comprehending teachers’ issues, especially the notorious hours of work,” he said. Rari says they believe that being placed at Basic Education ministry gives Dow the opportunity to prove her mettle.
However Rari says they are overly disappointed by the appointment of Mr Tshenolo Mabeo as Minister of Employment, Labour Productivity and Skills Development. He says they are of the view that he is misplaced and not appropriately qualified for the portfolio. “The Ministry is too complex for him because of the current soiled and polluted labour relations. It remains to be seen however, how the Minister will respond to the hostile and volatile environment.”
Rari further lays the blame of sour labour relations in the country on Minister for Presidential Affairs, Governance and Public Administration, Eric Molale. The BOSETU secretary general says Molale is responsible for the low morale and productivity in the civil service because he has shunned all dialogue with the civil service and unions and instead chose to come up with draconian amendments to the Public Service Act so as to clamp down civil servants. “We are of the view that the Minister should have been moved to a different ministry to allow for a new broom,” said Rari.
According to Rari, the re-shuffle has generally brought nothing new safe for shifting of the old furniture and this will not bring any new management styles to Ministries. Rari says the portfolio or aspect of labour relations should have stood out in the Ministry of employment, Labour Productivity and Skills Development. He also expressed misgivings about detaching Skills Development from the Tertiary Education.
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.