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High Court rules against PPADB in P450 million tender

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After six years of failure by the initial contractor and marathon legal tussle by bidders, the High Court, through Judge Michael Leburu has issued a verdict ordering Public Procurement and Assets Disposal Board (PPADB) to award the P450 million Tshesebe-Mosojane-Masunga road tender to Cul De Sac (PTY) LTD.

According to the court documents, the project was initially awarded to Bash Carriers in 2016, but the government later terminated the agreement after the company failed to complete the works. This prompted the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MTC) through the Roads Department (procuring entity) to call for a re-tender. Cul De Sac, Bango Trading, Zebra Construction, LandMark Projects and VAN & TRUCK HIRE (PTY) LTD all salivated at the irresistible tender.

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Masisi bruised by Khama, Mogae comparison

8th March 2021
President Masisi

This week’s Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) Central Committee (CC) meeting held at State House chaired by Party President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi, turned into a ‘boardroom brawl’ with Masisi expressing concerns and accusing central committee members of not adequately shielding him from opposition missiles.

The meeting which was held on Monday this week was to deliberate on a number of agenda items but the President took the moment to tongue lash his inner circle to stop silly PR blunders that are causing more harm than good. The reprimand was mostly directed to party Secretary General Mpho Balopi as well as Chairman of Communications and International Relations sub-committee, Kagelelo Banks Kentse.

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DPP letter to DCEC opens healing wounds

8th March 2021
DPP Director: Stephen Tiroyakgosi

It took the intervention of the Permanent Secretary to the President, Elias Magosi to arrest a dispute between the warring Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC), and the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP), by instructing the former to hand over the unfinished P100 billion docket to the latter.

But the PSP’s efforts are not enough, the two institutions are back in the boxing ring again following a letter from the DPP inviting the DCEC back into a case they long declared as “hogwash”.
A savingram dated 18th January 2021 from the DPP to the DCEC is calling on the DCEC to assist with further evidence in the P100 billion case, but the DCEC which has never hidden its indifference posits that the move by the DPP can be summed up by the expressions: ‘opening healing wounds’.

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Deputy Speaker, DCEC, DPP in spy passports war

8th March 2021
Deputy-Speaker: Mbule Pule

A fed-up Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) Director General, Tymon Katlholo has come out guns blazing over an order from the Director of the Directorate of Public

Prosecutions (DPP), Stephen Tiroyakgosi instructing the DCEC, to solicit a statement from the Deputy Speaker of Parliament, and ruling party Member of Parliament for Mochudi East, Mabuse Pule, regarding the role he played in the issuance of Whelheminah Maswabi’s intelligence operations passport.

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