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Civil servants to own BDP manifesto

Boyce Sebetela

The Chief of Staff at the Office of the President, Boyce Sebetela has instructed civil servants to implement Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) and push the ruling party’s Reset Agenda, this publican can reveal. This is contained in a leaked audio of a Prisons Capacity Building Workshop held in Francistown that was addressed by Sebetela recently.

Sebetela informed the senior officers that his speech should not be construed as to mean that he was politicizing the civil service. “Don’t worry thinking that I’m turning you into politicians or politicising the public service. No, the people who are ruling you are politicians. They defeated other politicians in 2019,” he said. He continued; “So it is their agenda that you as an employee of the State you are pushing, and this, you shouldn’t feel bad about it.”

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Hunt for new Ombudsman ongoing

17th August 2022

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.

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Two Batswana detained in Zim for illegal trade in mercury

17th August 2022

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.

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No end in sight for Botswana/ Namibia looming border row

17th August 2022

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.” 

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