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Khama rejects Tafas appeal on judge appointment

Tafa wants Motumise to be appointed as judge

President Lt Gen Ian Khama has rejected an appeal from his trusted and loyal lawyer,Parks Tafa of Collins Newman and Co to appoint  Omphemetse Motumise the the vacant position of high court judge.

The President, it has come to light has refused to endorse the recommendation of the Judicial Service Commision (JSC) to appoint senior attorney, Motumise on undisclosed reasons.

When he recommended Motumise, the president’s loyal and trusted legal advisor, Tafa said “ I first met Motumise in the late 1980’s when we both studied Law at the University of Botswana and when he completed his degree he joined the University as a staff development Fellow and Director of the Legal Aid Clinic.”

 “Since we both joined private practice,we have interacted as professional colleagues.As a practitioner,Mr Motumise has exhibited thoroughness,intellect,knowldge of the law and superior analytical skills in his work,” posits Tafa in his recommendation letter.

Tafa continues that Motumise ‘particularly distinguished himself when he was Chairman of the Law Society of Botswana,handling its affairs with exemplary dedication and uniting it behind a vision defined by intergrity,commitment to ethics,high professional standards and the welfare of practitioners.”

Tafa further prayed for Motumise ‘s appointment saying while at LSB “he treated attorneyes with respect and evenhandedness.”

He further posits that Motumise ‘s humility and unassuming disposition have earned him wide respect within the legal fraternity. “I believe Motumise is a wirthy candidate who would add value to our Adminisatration of justice,” he said.
Weekendpost  efforts to hear from the President following a series of attacks on his person and intergrity were futile this week.

The President, known to throw in jabs in informal and often wrong platforms about serious issues has not said anything about the matter despite various attacks from stakeholders. The issue has taken so many different twists and turns since it was first reported.

 “We have looked into and discussed your request and we regret to inform you that the President will not comment on the issue. The president does not comment on public domain issues and those before the courts,” Gobe Pitso, the Press Secretary to the President told this publication.

The Presidency, which has been using the ‘news rebuttal’ communication style through government administered social media page, ‘BW Government’ has not said anything to date on the matter.

The page has in the past been used among others ,to counter presidential character assasination reports and project the government’s position on public interest matters, particularly on ‘matters of grave concern and importance’.

It is not clear on whose advise Khama was acting on.The matter however has not yet gone to court, LSB has only instituted a statutory notice to sue on the matter. The president is known to vent his views and respond to critics in Kgotla meetings and other informal and welcoming platforms.

“Peharps the anger of the stakeholders may have unsettled the President hence his silence on the matter. But generally our constitution doesn’t compel the President to account on his refusal to act on the recommendations of any body,” said an observer in the legal fraternity.

Weekendpost approached the main character of the story, attorney Motumise to hear his side of the story and the rejected legal brain, like Khama, was not willing to discuss the issue saying he could, if he chose to speak, but it could be later.

The LSB on Wednesday called members of the press to update them on the matter.Their tone had not changed as they were still fuming accusing Khama of acting unconstitutionally and undemocratically.Efforts to unearth Khama ‘s reservations about Motumise’s appointment are still hitting a snag as some hints are incredible while some do not pass the common sense test,atleast to a reasonable man.

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6th February 2023

After falling to close the gap on Arsenal by losing to a record breaking goal by Kane at the Tottenham stadium.Manchester City now find themselves being charged by the Premier League with more than 100 breaches of its financial rules following a four-year investigation.

According to BBC , it has referred the club to an independent commission over alleged rule breaches between 2009 and 2018 , and also that Man-city has not been co-operating since the investigation which started in 2018 .

BBC further states that The commission can impose punishment including a fine , points deduction and expelling the club from the Premier league.

The alleged breaches include ,  breaching rules for requiring full details of manager remuneration,from 2009-2010, to 2012-2013 seasons when Roberto Mancini was in charge . Also player remuneration between 2010-2011 and 2015-2016.

The Premier league stated that City breached rules related to UEFA regulations , including Financial Fair Play , from 2013-2014 to 2017-2018 ,as well as Premier League rules on profitability and sustainability from 2014-2016 to 2017-2018

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South Korean Embassy aids students living with disabilities

6th February 2023

South Korean Ambassador in South Africa has donated e-learning equipment through Botswana Red Cross Society (BRCS) to Tlamelong Rehabilitation Centre in Tlokweng recently, in a bid to fine tune the student’s textile skills.  

When talking at the handing over ceremony, Chull-Joo Park, said they agreed with BRCS to give out e-learning equipment to better the training skills of students living with disabilities.

“With the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) equipment and job training skills, we will be able to help the students living with disabilities to do e-learning and to better their education and job training,” said Chull-Joo Park.

It was revealed that the South Korean Embassy approached BRCS with the intent to donate equipment and educational material that includes an embroidery machine, photo copier machine, tablets and interactive boards to be utilized by the trainees.

The industrial printer is a machine that works with embroidery machine to print designs for clothing and it will enable the learners to have more material available to them to facilitate learning.

Through this embroidery machine, students will be exposed to better technologies which ultimately improve the quality of materials they produce. It will also allow students to learn business skills and run profitable ventures.

Smart board gadgets will provide the students with an elevated learning process to be fostered by e-learning. The gadgets provide a more visual element to the learning process, which in turn improves learner mental retention.

Tlamelong Rehabilitation serves the marginalized and underserved less privileged persons living with disability in Botswana. The center offers boarding services, vocational training, social services, physiotherapy and rehabilitation services for young people living disabilities aged 18-35 from across the country over a period of two (2) years per cohort which has a maximum intake capacity of 35. BRCS through International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) have managed to create great working synergy with the South Korean Embassy in Pretoria based in South Africa to support or augment the National Society’s Rehabilitation Centre’s learning challenges.

For his part, BRSC Secretary General Kutlwano Mokokomani said they are delighted to convey their gratitude as BRSC to the South Korean Embassy for donation and they look forward to an enduring partnership for such worthy causes.

“South Korean Embassy’s great gesture will enable trainees to thrive, to fulfil their dreams to become a reality as this equipments will go a long way in creating great impact in the lives of trainees and their families. We wish to convey our sincere gratitude to the South Korean Embassy for their noble gesture of donating the E-learning equipments.”

BRCS offers rehabilitation services spread across three (3) areas in Botswana being Sefhare Stimulation center in Sefhare, Tshimologo stimulation center in Francistown and Tlamelong rehabilitation center in Tlokweng.

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DIS alleges plot to kill Masisi hatched in South Africa

6th February 2023

A dispute is brewing between Botswana and South Africa intelligence agencies over alleged mercenary training camps discovered in South Africa by the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS). 

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