Mesh Moeti this week learnt the true definition of the phrase, ‘toothless bulldog’ after he was summoned to the office of the Ombudsman and told categorically why the Ombudsman could not entertain his complaint concerning the P58 million acquisition of Tautona Lodge in Gantsi. The Ombudsman, Augustine Makgonatsotlhe’s office, has no jurisdiction over the matter.
Moeti had protested the decision by the government to purchase Tautona lodge from Christian De Graaf, a former cabinet minister and member of the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP), whilst the country was reeling from the adverse impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The gist of his complaint pivots on prioritization and poor governance as far as the lodge’s procurement is concerned.
The Minister of Justice, Machana Shamukuni says the search to appoint the Ombudsman and other critical heads of department is currently ongoing and the process is expected to be completed before end of the year.
The Ombudsman position fell vacant almost five months ago after Augustine Makgonatsotlhe was removed from the office and appointed as Ambassador to Kuwait.
Two Batswana nationals have been arrested in Zimbabwe for illegal trade in mercury. The duo is being held together with a Zimbabwean national who is being questioned by the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP).
This publication understands that the suspects who are aged between 39 and 56 years hail from Tutume and Selebi-Phikwe. At the time of the arrest, they were found in possession of a pistol, bomb motor and four live rounds. It is understood that the suspects told investigators during interrogation that the deadly substance has a lucrative market in Far East countries, where the demand is high. It is further reported that the suspects claimed that the mercury can be easily accessed in mines through middleman.
The Namibian Lives Matter Movement has weighed in on the looming border dispute between their country and Botswana.
Commenting on reports that the Namibian Parliament has dispatched a committee along the border between the two countries on fact finding mission, the group commended“the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, De-fence and Security that will engage community members living along the Namibia Botswana Border in conducting public hearings into acts of aggression and brutality by Botswana Defence (BDF) Force against innocent and unarmed Namibians.”