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Couple drowns toddler into the Okavango River

MAUN: A 25 year old woman of Mabudutsa ward in Seronga and 23 year old man of Dingu cattle post are allegedly investigated for murdering their 15 months old baby boy by throwing him in the Okavango River at Seronga on October 16th 2015.


According to Maun police superintendent John Kelebeng, the police were alerted after one of the couple’s relative questioned the couple about the whereabouts of the baby and the mother confessed that they threw their baby in the river as the were unable to take care of him.


Superintendent Kelebeng says the relative then reported the matter to the police, Kelebeng added that the police managed to retrieve the baby’s dead body from the river at around 6:30 in the evening on the same date of October 16th.


Superintendent Kelebeng confirmed that the couple are under police custody and will appear in court after the police investigations are complete that includes post mortem and the couple mental state results.


Meanwhile at two Maun elderly men 66 year old Xhaute Khutsafalo of Newtown ward and 51 year old Supervisor Mooketsi  of Sedie ward both unemployed were yesterday charged for affray – fighting in public- which is punishable under section 88 of the penal code 08:01by Maun customary court senior chief representative Charles Letsholathebe.


According to the particulars of the offence the two men fought in public at Sedie ward where Khutsafalo went to confront Mooketsi on the reasons why he had shouted and whipped his son, it is said that Khutsafalo got angry and whipped Mooketsi with a stick all over his body, in his defence Mooketsi grabbed a bag full of spanners and hit Khutsafalo with them across his facing resulting in his breaking his teeth.


The police officers who attended the case produced medical reports in court confirming that indeed Khutsafalo had lost most of his teeth due to Mooketsi’s assault.


In passing his judgement Maun Customary Court Senior Chief Representative Charles Letsholathebe sentenced the two men to two months imprisonment wholly suspended for four months without committing similar offence, Letsholathebe also gave the two man a tongue lashing, he told them that he felt that corporal punishment would have been suitable for them and that they are lucky due to their old age “You are an embarrassment to society, how can to grown men like you fight in public, in front of your children, you should be the ones guiding and mentoring your children, I advised you to desist from this kind of behaviors. If I see you two here, I won’t hesitate to send you to prison.” concluded Letsholathebe.

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Free at last: Ian Kirby Speaks Out

6th December 2021
Justice Ian Kirby

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’ 

6th December 2021
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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

6th December 2021

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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