Khato Civils enterprise and its Chairman, Simbi Phiri are suing the opposition bloc, Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC), for a blood-cuddling P5 million for reputational damage, in a case that political experts warn could come at a great cost to both the opposition and the ruling party, Botswana Democratic Party (BDP).
The case in its nature raises several legal and political questions which will be left for the courts to answer. The last time the nation witnessed a politically-charged case was post the 2019 general elections petitions which left the UDC in dire need of money to settle bills. Khato Civils has engaged Kgosiitsile Ngakaagae, a Gaborone-based attorney, known for his insatiable appetite for action, to lead their legal war whereas the UDC will be led by its President, Duma Boko and his team.
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.”