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Speaker snubs union Federations

The office of the Speaker of the National Assembly has rejected the Botswana Federation of Trade Unions (BFTU) and Botswana Federation of Public Service Union (BOFEPUSUS)’s joint request to address Members of Parliament at the General Assembly which was convened on Thursday.


BOFEPUSU Secretary General confirmed to WeekendPost in a brief interview yesterday (Friday) that they were denied the opportunity to address the General Assembly on Thursday. The joint unions submitted a letter to the office of the Speaker of National Assembly on Tuesday afternoon requesting the permission to address MPs over the Trade Dispute Amendment bill which is currently before parliament.


Rari said despite being snubbed they will continue with the lobbying of different groups to support their course. The Speaker of the National Assembly Gladys Kokorwe is currently outside the country in Durban, South Africa on parliament business. The office is currently under the leadership of MP for Gaborone South Kagiso Molathegi who is the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly.


The joint unions have pinned their last hopes on different political parties represented in parliament to accede to their request. The two unions have written and delivered to the Whips of the political parties. This include an audacious effort to convince the ruling party MPs at their caucus to drop Section 46 and 47 of the bill, which seeks to make a significant number of government employees Essential Services providers therefore prohibiting them engaging in strikes.  


The Trade Dispute Amendment bill made its first reading before parliament floor on Monday this week and will be debated and likely adopted during the current parliament session which is expected to end business in August.


The two unions want to convince MPs that the enactment of the bill will be un-procedural since the schedule brought before the Labour Advisory Board (LAB) did not include Teaching Services, Government broadcasting services and immigration and customs services.


Since the 2011 industrial strike, government and unions have not reached a common ground on the issue of Essential service. Unions are of the view that government has continuously resisted calls for abolition or alignment of the Essential Services Schedule and conveniently promised the ILO and the international community that is consulting social partners on the issue.

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Woman swindled out of P62 000 by fake CID officers

17th June 2021
Motube

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.

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BCP walks out of UDC meeting

15th June 2021
Boko and Saleshando

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.

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Katlholo wins against DPP

15th June 2021
DCEC DIRECTOR: Tymon Katlholo

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.

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