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Khama dragged into Scouts muddy power struggle

President Dr. Lt. Gen. Ian Khama’s name has been dragged into the power struggles of the Botswana Scouts Association (BSA). Khama is the patron of the association.

Khama is implicated together with Minister of Infrastructure, Science and Technology Nonofo Molefhi who is its Chief Scout.

According to papers before court, BSA has many stakeholders while the president of Botswana is its patron and Minister Molefhi the Chief Scout, “and it is improper to have their names used in murky circumstances,” argued seasoned Gaborone based lawyer Uyapo Ndadi representing BSA.

“For instance, two letterheads are in public circulation bearing different names of the Chief Scout and Chief Commissioner. It is an untidy situation and thus rendering the organization ungovernable,” BSA through their attorney contended.

The matter that rubs off on Khama and Molefi as Patron and Chief Scout, emanated from a court case in which BSA wanted Chief Commissioner, Morgan Letsholathebe removed after a vote of no confidence was made on him. Letsholathebe refused to step down and the matter subsequently landed in front of Gaborone High Court’s Justice Sadique Kebonang.

Having read the arguments from BSA Justice Kebonang on Thursday afternoon granted interim orders per the Draft Order in their favour until Thursday the 11th February 2016 at 2pm when the case returns to court.

The court had nonetheless pending final ruling ordered that BSA Chief Commissioner Letsholathebe be “interdicted and restrained” to act on the position until and unless he is elected as such by BSA members.

“Mr Letsholathebe is hereby interdicted and restraint from interfering with the work of BSA’s national Executive Committee,” it stated.

It was also ordered that he immediately returned to BSA any documentation, materials and reports he has in his possession by virtue of holding the office of Chief Commissioner prior to his removal from office on 21 November 2015.

“The interdicts referred to shall operate as an interim interdict pending the final determination of the matter,” Kebonang said in the judgement.

However Kebonang has advised Letsholathebe, who was representing himself at the time, to consult his attorney (if he has one) and that he is free to do a consent agreement with the applicants (BSA). He said a response is required from Letsholathebe by the 9th of February 2016 as the matter is an urgent application.  

“So the matter is to be heard properly on Thursday either through arguments or consent agreement,” Justice Kebonang highlighted in his brief judgement.  

According to the papers, Letsholathebe, who is employed at the Ministry of Education is refusing to vacate office after being duly removed from office by a vote of no confidence.

“He is now causing confusion and paralyzing the work of BSA,” BSA posits.

“Letsholathebe was in November 2014 elected into office as a Chief Commissioner. The appointment was in accordance with the constitution of the applicant (BSA), in particular, article 13.1 of the constitution. His term was for 3 years. The respondent’s term was to end in November 2017.

The papers further state that the members of BSA, Council passed a motion of no confidence on Letsholathebe and thus terminating his term.

The motion of no confidence “was triggered by views shared by the majority that the respondent was failing in his constitutional mandate to lead the BSA as provided for by article 4 of the constitution”.

It remains to be seen whether Khama and Molefhi may help calm the waters or crack the whip at the esteemed organization as their names, guilty by association, has been dragged into the mud by cloudy state of affairs.  

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Free at last: Ian Kirby Speaks Out

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The outgoing President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Ian Kirby, shares his thoughts with us as he leaves the Bench at the end of this year.

WeekendPost: Why did you move between the Attorney General and the Bench?

Ian Kirby: I was a member of the Attorney General’s Chambers three times- first in 1969 as Assistant State Counsel, then in 1990 as Deputy Attorney General (Civil), and finally in 2004 as Attorney General. I was invited in 2000 by the late Chief Justice Julian Nganunu to join the Bench. I was persuaded by former President Festus Mogae to be his Attorney General in 2004 as, he said, it was my duty to do so to serve the nation. I returned to the Judiciary as soon as I could – in May 2006, when there was a vacancy on the High Court Bench.

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Civil society could rescue Botswana’s flawed democracy’ 

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Botswana’s civil society is one of the non-state actors that could save the country’s democracy from sliding into regression, a Germany based think tank has revealed.  This is according to a discussion paper by researchers at the German Development Institute who analysed the effects of e-government usage on political attitudes In Botswana.

In the paper titled “E-government and democracy in Botswana: Observational and experimental evidence on the effects of e-government usage on political attitudes,” the researchers offer a strongly worded commentary on Botswana’s ‘flawed democracy.’  The authors noted that with Botswana’s Parliament structurally – and in practice – feeble, the potential for checks and balances on executive power rests with the judiciary.

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Bangwato at loggerheads over Moshupa trip

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Bangwato in Serowe — where Bamagwato Paramount Chief and former President Lt. Gen Ian Khama originates – disagree on whether they must send a delegation to dialogue with President Mokgweetsi Masisi’s family in Moshupa. Just last week, a meeting was called by the Regent of Bamagwato, Kgosi Sediegeng Kgamane, at Serowe Kgotla to, among others, update the tribe on the whereabouts of their Kgosi (Khama). 

Further, his state of health was also discussed, with Kgamane telling the attendees that all is well with Khama. The main reason for the meeting was to deliberate on the escalating tension between Khama and Masisi — a three-year bloodletting going unabated.

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