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Masisi appoints Mokaila, Mangole Ambassadors 

President Mokgweetsi Masisi has appointed former Members of Parliament Kitso Mokaila and Gilbert Mangole as Ambassadors to United States of America and India respectively.

The Ministry of International Affairs and Cooperation announced the appointments on Thursday this week.  Mr. Mokaila has served as a Member of Parliament from 2004 to 2019. During his political and parliamentary career, he served as Minister under the following Ministries; Ministry of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism, Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources and Minister of Transport and Communications.

Prior to joining politics, Mokaila served in the Botswana Defence Force from 1980-1988, after which he joined International Computers Limited where he served as Managing Director, Hyundai Motor Distributors as General Manager and Unisys Botswana as Managing Director.

Mokaila replaces Ambassador David Newman who has completed his tour of duty in the United States of America in May 2020.

Gilbert MangoleSpeculations have been rife that Mangole, the Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) Secretary General will be appointed to an ambassadorial post. Masisi has rewarded Mangole with the position as High Commissioner of the Republic of Botswana to the Republic of India 

Mangole is the founding member of BMD, having defected from the ruling party in 2010. 

Mangole has served as a Member of Parliament from 2009 to 2019. Before being elected as a Member of Parliament, he served as a Councillor from 1999 to 2009. His employment career began at Bank of Botswana where he grew within the ranks serving first as Statistical Assistant, Assistant Research Officer and Assistant Board Secretary.

Mr. Mangole replaces Ambassador Lesego Ethel Motsumi who completed her tour of duty in December 2019.

The appointments are effective upon assumption of duty.


GPH takes Gov’t head-on over faulty Covid-19 results

3rd July 2020
Gaborone Private Hospital

Gaborone Private Hospital (GPH) has come out with guns blazing after they were accused of releasing false positive Covid-19 results which were later declared negative by the government task team force.

GPH insists that it is beyond doubt that their 8 positive Covid-19 results were indeed accurate.

This publication is in possession of a report that indicates how the government might have faulted with their results.  They narrate what might have caused the various results between laboratories.

The report indicates that one or more negative results do not rule out the possibility of Covid-19 virus infection. Furthermore a number of factors could lead to a negative result in an infected individual.

GPH is immovable in their results and believe that poor quality of the specimen containing little patient material (as a control, consider determining whether there is adequate human DNA in the sample by including a human target in the PCR testing) could be a factor in diagnosing whether the case reads positive or negative.

The hospital, in the report shared internally, also point out that another factor may be as a result of the mishandling and incorrect shipping of the specimen. The report also establishes that technical reasons inherent may be one of the reasons why results may vary.

This publication has also established that same test kits were used but with different time collection of the samples. GPH affirms that this might have also impacted why the results varied.

“We are happy with our quality and believe that reporting positives with one gene detected the right decision. With the other labs only calling positives when two genes are detected, they are possibly under reporting and releasing negative results that should be called positive based on the less stringent algorithm.”

Unconfirmed reports have indicated that the government has launched a thorough investigation into the matter as GPH faces possible retribution over the matter.

“The government knows they blundered and now want to silence GPH by indicating that they are the ones who faulted. There is a lot of mix up with how the government tests and confirms results as negative.” Botswana currently stands at 46 new cases with only 17 active cases with 28 recoveries and 1 death.

President Mokgweetsi Masisi has also gone into his fourth quarantine since Corona was discovered in Botswana. According to a press release released on Thursday, there is a new positive Covid-19 result on one of the President’s officials.

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An enquiry into BPC tenders uncovers rotting corruption

29th June 2020

A confidential report from enquiry on the award of tenders at Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) has recommended that key employees within the organisation be subjected to a Declaration of Assets exercise in a bid to find if they have been part of improper award of tenders cabal.

The confidential report seen by this publication was commissioned to give an overview on how procurement of equipment (imports) is conducted and awarded at BPC. The report titled “Enquiry into BPC tenders” which was released last month (5 May 2020), recommends that the organisation should be clear from the start whether they use selective tender or open tender process and which one will work for them.

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Court reinstates fired DIS agent

29th June 2020
Court reinstates fired DIS-agent-High-Court-Judge Godfrey Radijeng

High Court Judge Godfrey Radijeng has this week reinstated a Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS) agent who was fired by the spy agency in August 2017. Justice Radijeng further ordered in the judgement that he be paid arrears from the time he was fired and for the cost of the litigation.

The reinstated DIS agent, Walter Matsoga, was in 2014 involved in a car accident and sustained injuries in the course of his clandestine job. More than a year later, on the 15th June 2015, the spy operative was subjected to a medical assessment at the instance of the DIS to determine his fitness to continue being in employment.  The assessment was carried out and he continued to be under the employ of the Directorate of Intelligence and Security.

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