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Tafa slaps BDP with P2.4 million bill

Court had dismissed AG, Tafa and the BDP with costs

Collins Newman has slapped the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) with a bill estimated at P2.4 million. Party lawyer, Parks Tafa led a team from Collins Newman and Co which represented the party in a case in which it had partnered with the Attorney General to challenge the constitutionality of amendments made to the Parliament standing orders.


The BDP was initially cited in the case as a respondent together with opposition parties, Botswana Congress Party (BCP) and Umbrella for Democratic Chance (UDC) but later swayed on the side of the Attorney General. They party disclosed through its lawyers that it shared the same views held by the Attorney General’s Office.  The AG’s case was later dismissed with costs by three judges. But was appealed by the BDP.


This publication learns that the initial bill from Collins Newman to the BDP currently stands at P2.4 million. The BDP officials could not respond to inquiries by the Weekend Post on Thursday. The party Secretary General, Mpho Balopi said he was outside the country but later responded when engaged through an SMS, “On matters of charges and payments please contact the treasurer Mr Satar Dada or Hon Thapelo Olopeng. I am outside the country in Geneva.”


Dada however refused to comment when engaged on the matter, saying  “No , no speak to Balopi on that. He is the one who has answers”. Efforts to contact Dada’s deputy were futile as his phone rang unanswered on Thursday evening.
Tafa hung up on this reporter when he was contacted, “I am in London, bye’ is all he could say before he could even hear the reason behind the call.


Reports suggest that Tafa’s bill was recently discussed at length at the BDP  Central Commitee meeeting held on Monday. Some, it is understood, were not happy with the bill arguing that Tafa cannot charge that much as he is the one who initiated the case.


We spoke to other political parties to find out how they deal with their legal representatives. Taolo Lucal of the BCP, said their lawyers always put the party first as they understand well its pockets. “They always charge with a bit of sanity and liniency.”

He together with his president, Dumelang Saleshando said their lawyers have not yet given them the bill. UDC leader,Duma Boko and his party spokesperson’s phones were off on Thursday evening. Repeated efforts to contact them did not bear any fruits.


All the three parties recently splashed their hard-earned money in the just-ended highly competitive national elections. The elections was regarded as the most expensive in the history of Botswana elections.


Asked about the Tafa-BDP case, post parliamentary elections, the President, Lt Gen Ian Khama revealed that he knew that they did not have a case but just wanted to go to court to avert ugly possibilities which he had heard of within the BDP. But the then Speaker, Margaret Nasha described the case as the most ‘laughable and ridiculous’.


Khama responded in a clarity-seeking interview with Weekendpost: “Let me explain that because we have been abused on that case, the truth of the matter is that someone I would not reveal his identity confided to me that some people want to challenge the said standing orders and I approached the Attorney General and the party lawyer, Parks Tafa about the matter and it was agreed that we had to clear the matter before the courts to avoid any embarrassment after we had made our elections and everything,” he said.


According to Khama, Tafa and the Attorney General had no case but just wanted to clear the ground. The submissions raised by the Attorney General and the BDP lawyer, Tafa who argued at length the case and even went as far as appealing were that the standing orders are unconstitutional and that they may plunge this country into a constitutional crises.

The confusing part however is that Nasha speaks a totally different story to the case. She has revealed that the Attorney General had prior to the case requested her to suspend the standing orders under question and she refused.


Khama continued that it was on the 23rd of October that he heard that the elections may be challenged as unconstitutional. Khama says he later learnt that the matter was blown out of proportion.


“For the record I am one of those who support the secret ballot system. I actually wanted it to be upheld because people were saying these are internal BDP wars playing themselves out at their expenses. The BDP decision at Parliament to vote unanimously without anyone monitoring or intimidating them has shown that we are a united party as shown by our votes,” he said, after the election of Speakers and endorsement of the Vice President.

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Fighting vulture poisoning in KAZA region.

3rd February 2023
As a response to avert vulture poisoning currently going on in Botswana and KAZA region, Birdlife Botswana has collaborated with three other partners (BirdWatch Zambia, BirdLife International & Birdlife Zimbabwe) to tackle wildlife poisoning which by extension negatively affect vulture populations.

The Director of Birdlife Botswana, Motshereganyi Virat Kootshositse has revealed in an interview that the project which is funded by European Union’s main goal is to reduce poisoning related vultures’ death and consequently other wildlife species death within the KAZA region.

He highlighted that Chobe district in Botswana has been selected as a pilot site as it has experienced rampant incidents of vulture poisoning for the past few months. In August this year at least 50 endangered white backed vultures were reported dead at Chobe National Park, Botswana after feeding on a buffalo carcass laced with poison.  In November this year again 43 white backed vultures were found dead and two alive after feeding on a zebra suspected to have poisoned.  Other selected pilots’ sites are Kafue in Zambia and Hwange in Zimbabwe.

Kootshositse further explained they have established a national and regional Wildlife Poisoning Committee. He added that as for the national committee they have engaged various departments such as Crop Productions, Agro Chemicals, Department of Veterinary Services, Department of Wildlife and National Parks and other NGOs such as Raptors Botswana to come together and find a long-lasting solution to address wildlife poisoning in Botswana. ‘Let’s have a strategy or a plan together to tackle wildlife poisoning,’ he stated

He also decried that there is gap in the availability of data about vulture poisoning or wildlife in general. ‘If we have a central point for data, it will help in terms of reporting and advocacy’, he stated

He added that the regional committee comprises of law enforcement officers such as BDF and Botswana police, village leadership such as Village Development Committee and Kgosi. ‘We need to join hand together and protect the wildlife we have as this will increase our profile for conservation and this alone enhances our visitation and boost our local economy,’ he noted

Kootshositse noted that Birdlife together with DWNP also addressed series of meeting in some villages in the Chobe region recently. The purpose of kgotla meetings was to raise awareness on the conservation and protection of vultures in Chobe West communities.

‘After realizing that vulture poisoning in the Chobe areas become frequent, we realise that we need to do something about it.  ‘We did a public awareness by addressing several kgotla meetings in some villages in the Chobe west,’ he stated

He noted that next year they are going to have another round of consultations around the Chobe areas and the approach is to engage the community into planning process. ‘Residents should be part of the plan of actions and we are working with farmers committee in the areas to address vulture poisoning in the area, ‘he added

He added that they have found out that some common reasons for poisoning wildlife are farmers targeting predators such as lions in retaliation to killing of their livestock. Another common incident cross border poaching in the Chobe area as poachers will kills an elephant and poison its carcass targeting vultures because of their aerial circling alerting authorities about poaching activities.

Kootshositse noted that in the last cases it was disheartening the incidents occurred three months apart. He added that for the first time they found that some of the body parts of some vultures were missing. He added harvesting of body parts of vultures is not a common practice in Botswana, although it is used in some parts of Africa. ‘We suspect that someone took advantage of the availability of carcasses and started harvesting their body parts,’

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Giant in the making: Everton Mlalazi

3rd February 2023

The music industry is at a point where artists are jostling for space because there are so many aspirants trying to get their big break, thus creating stiff competition.

In the music business it’s about talent and positioning. You need to be at the right place at the right time with the right people around you to propel you forward.
Against all odds, Everton Mlalazi has managed to takeover the gospel scene effortlessly.
To him, it’s more than just a breakthrough to stardom, but a passion as well as mission directly appointed by the Lord.

Within a short space of 2 years after having decided to persue a solo career, Mlalazi has already made it into international music scene, with his music receiving considerable play on several gospel television and radio stations in Botswana including other regional stations like Trace Africa, One Gospel, Metro FM in South Africa, Hope FM in Kenya and literally all broadcast stations in Zimbabwe.

It doesn’t only stop there, as the musician has already been nominated 2 times and 2 awards which are Bulawayo Arts Awards (BAA) best Male artists 2022, StarFM listerners Choice Award, Best Newcomer 2021 and ZIMA Best Contemporary Gospel 2022, MLA awards Best Male artist & Best Gospel Artist 2022.

Everton’s inspiration stems from his ultimate passion and desire to lead people into Godly ways and it seems it’s only getting started.
The man is a gospel artist to put on your radar.

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African countries call on WHO to increase funding

2nd February 2023

Minister of Health Dr Edwin Dikoloti says Africa member states call on World Health Organization (WHO) to ensure equitable resource allocation for 2024-2025. Dr Dikoloti was speaking this week at the WHO Executive Board Meeting in Geneva, Switzerland.

He said countries agreed that there is need to address the budget and funding imbalances by increasing the programme budget share of countries and regions to 75% for the next year.

“The proposed budget for 2024-2025 marks an important milestone as it is the first in Programme Budget in which country offices will be allocated more than half of the total budget for the biennium. We highly welcome this approach which will enable the organization to deliver on its mandate while fulfilling the expectations for transparency, efficiency and accountability.”

The Botswana Health Minister commended member states on the extension of the General Programme of Work (GPD 13) and the Secretariat work to monitor the progress towards the triple billion targets, and the health-related SDGs.

“We welcome the Director’s general proposed five priorities which have crystalized into the “five Ps” that are aligned with the GPW 13 extension. Impact can only be achieved through close coordination with, and support to national health authorities. As such, the strengthening of country offices is instrumental, with particular focus on strengthening national health systems and on promoting more equitable access to health services.”

According to Dr Dikoloti, the majority of countries with UHC index that is below the global median are in the WHO Africa region. “For that, we call on the WHO to enhance capacity at the regional and national levels in order to accelerate progress. Currently, the regional office needs both technical and financial support in order to effectively address and support country needs.”

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