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Namibians report BDF, Botswana to African Commission

Namibian Lives Matter, a Non-Governmental Organisation based in Namibia have this week announced its intention to report the Botswana Defence Force (BDF) to the African Commission for violation of human rights following the death of four citizens at the hands of Botswanas army in November 2020.

The African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights (ACHPR) is a quasi-judicial body tasked with promoting and protecting human rights and collective (peoples) rights throughout the African continent as well as interpreting the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights and considering individual complaints of violations of the Charter.

This includes investigating human rights violations, creating and approving programs of action towards encouraging human rights, and set-up effect communication between them and States (in this case Botswana and Namibia) to get first-hand information on violations of human rights.

The abuses of human rights is said to have occurred when the BDF shot dead the four men who were Nchindo brothers being; Tommy, Wamunyima and Martin (Namibians), together with Sinvula Munyeme (Zambian) – on 5 November 2020 – near Kasane in the Sedudu area in the Southern channel of Chobe River. Botswana has adopted a shoot to kill policy over poachers, real or suspicious, in her territorial space.

The BDF killed the fishermen with the belief that they were a syndicate of poachers believed to be part of a network responsible for cross-border organised poaching for rhinoceros and elephants, especially in the western part of the country (Okavango Delta and in the Chobe National Park).

The National Executive Chairperson of Namibian Lives Matter, Sinvula Mudabeti, told The Namibian newspaper this week that they are preparing petitions for violation of human rights against the BDF and Botswana.

We are also considering petitioning the African Commission on human and peoples rights. Our legal experts will soon draft heads of arguments for further transmission to the African Commission against the Namibian and Botswana governments, the group Chairperson said.

He further continued: We will also file a complaint at the (Namibian) Office of the Ombudsman to compel the government to release the report on the investigation of the Nchindo murders and for the State to adhere to its demands.

When reached for comment, BDF Spokesperson Colonel Tebo Dikole downplayed the matter in an interview with WeekendPost this week, emphasising that they put Botswanas interest and sovereignty ahead of anything else and that they do not harass (or continue to) the Namibians as the group Namibian Lives Matter alleges.

Kindly note that the Botswana Defence Forces mission is exclusively to defend Botswanas territorial integrity, sovereignty and national interests and does not entail the harassment of citizens nor the violation of neighbouring countries jurisdiction that include airspace, the BDF mouthpiece, Dikole stressed to this publication on behalf of the BDF Commander, Lt General Placid Segokgo.

The BDF said this notwithstanding that there are fresh accusations levelled against the Botswana army for the unabated harassment of Namibians living along the border with Botswana by the BDF in the Zambezi region. The Namibian Lives Matter states that the BDF soldiers this year entered Namibian space with guns during their routine patrols invading Namibia.

The BDF soldiers (were asked) why they had entered Namibia illegally and with guns. However, there was allegedly no response except that they were on patrol. The police were called to the scene but only came after the BDF helicopters left, the Namibian NGO claims.

They maintained that this was not the only incident of harassment as many others had gone unreported, and they will now take the government to court as they have sufficient evidence that the government is failing to protect the people of the Zambezi region.

The then Acting permanent secretary in the Office of the President on behalf of the Botswana government communications, John Thomas Dipowe, released a joint statement between the two countries on the matter in December.

Both governments recognise the need to adhere to the rule of law and at all times maintain respect for human rights by their respective law enforcement agencies in dealing with cases of this nature and that due process shall be followed by relevant authorities.

Going forward, an incident-free future is envisaged and desired by both governments and joint bilateral efforts will be put to play to avert a repeat of similar incidents, it states. However, Dipowe did not state on how long the investigations into the killings will take and whether they will be made public for closure on the matter.



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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