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Motswana robber nabbed amid deadly shootout with SAPS

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A suspected notorious Motswana robber, Kitso Mnguni, who has been linked to multiple heists in South Africa was arrested recently together with his Zimbabwean crime partners by the South African Police Service (SAPS) during a heist in Gauteng.

Reports reaching this publication suggests that Mnguni was among suspects that were arrested by the SAPS following a deadly armed robbery in which eight suspects were gunned down, with another eight arrested while the other suspects are still at large. Oddly, highly placed multiple sources within the law enforcement agencies revealed that Magana does not have any criminal record in Botswana nor is he a wanted criminal by the police. Little information is known about him locally.

“We suspect that he might have a crucial role that he plays here locally particularly on the operational and tactical level,” says one of the sources. The director of Criminal Investigation Department (CID) senior assistant police commissioner, Mokowadi Mphathi, confirmed that Botswana Police Service (BPS) has written to the South African authorities to seek clarity on reports that suggest that a Motswana national is among suspects linked to a series of heists that have caused concern in South Africa.

“We have written to the South African authorities through Interpol to provide us with a detailed report regarding our own local suspect linked to the heist that occurred recently in Gauteng to be specific,” says Mphathi. He said once they have received such clarity, they will be in a better position to share such information with the public if necessary. He said there are some local suspects who have found a safe haven in South Africa after committing criminal activities in Botswana then skipped to South Africa.

“There are some criminal suspects who have skipped to SA who are highly wanted by BPS and were are following leads that will lead to their arrest through the assistance of SAPS,” he says. Mphathi indicated that the lady who was arrested in Phase 2 Gaborone following the recent heist at the main mall is receiving medical attention after sustaining bullet wounds during the shootout between the police and the suspected criminals. The shootout left ten suspects dead.

He added that once she has been cleared by the medical doctors, the suspect is expected to be arraigned before the court sometime this week. “At the moment I am not at liberty to gauge her injuries as that is being conducted by the medical doctors, “he says. It should be noted that once such unfortunate incidents happen where lives have been lost, an investigation will be conducted that led to the loss of life in which an inquest will be conducted at the competent court.

Meanwhile Tsogo Semadi, died in South Africa sometime last year while on a criminal mission to blast an Automated Teller Machine (ATM).  Semadi was also involved in a P9 million theft at Extension 11, Gaborone few years ago in which a security company was attacked and robbed. It was reported that the alleged criminals invaded the security company’s premises and broke into the volt where cash was kept. Police say they have not yet arrested anyone in connection with the robbery and are appealing to members of the public to assist them with any information that may lead to the arrest of the culprits.

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Over 2 000 civil servants interdicted

6th December 2022

Over 2,000 civil servants in the public sector have been interdicted for a variety of reasons, the majority of which are criminal in nature.

According to reports, some officers have been under interdiction for more than two years because such matters are still being investigated. Information reaching WeekendPost shows that local government, particularly councils, has the highest number of suspended officers.

In its annual report, the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) revealed that councils lead in corrupt activities throughout the country, and dozens of council employees are being investigated for alleged corrupt activities. It is also reported that disciplined forces, including the Botswana Defence Force (BDF), police, and prisons, and the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS) have suspended a significant number of officers.

The Ministry of Education and Skills Development has also recorded a good number of teachers who have implicated in love relationships with students, while some are accused of impregnating students both in primary and secondary school. Regional education officers have been tasked to investigate such matters and are believed to be far from completion as some students are dragging their feet in assisting the investigations to be completed.

This year, Mmadinare Senior Secondary reportedly had the highest number of pregnancies, especially among form five students who were later forcibly expelled from school. Responding to this publication’s queries, Permanent Secretary to the Office of the President Emma Peloetletse said, “as you might be aware, I am currently addressing public servants across the length and breadth of our beautiful republic. Due to your detailed enquiry, I am not able to respond within your schedule,” she said.

She said some of the issues raised need verification of facts, some are still under investigation while some are still before the courts of law.

Meanwhile, it is close to six months since the Police Commissioner Keabetwe Makgophe, Director General of the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) Tymon Katlholo and the Deputy Director of the DIS Tefo Kgothane were suspended from their official duties on various charges.

Efforts to solicit comment from trade unions were futile at the time of going to press.

Some suspended officers who opted for anonymity claimed that they have close to two years while on suspension. One stated that the investigations that led him to be suspended have not been completed.

“It is heartbreaking that at this time the investigations have not been completed,” he told WeekendPost, adding that “when a person is suspended, they get their salary fully without fail until the matter is resolved”.

Makgophe, Katlholo and Kgothane are the three most high-ranking government officials that are under interdiction.

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Masisi to dump Tsogwane?

28th November 2022

Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) and some senior government officials are abuzz with reports that President Mokgweetsi Masisi has requested his Vice President, Slumber Tsogwane not to contest the next general elections in 2024.

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African DFIs gear to combat climate change

25th November 2022

The impacts of climate change are increasing in frequency and intensity every year and this is forecast to continue for the foreseeable future. African CEOs in the Global South are finally coming to the party on how to tackle the crisis.

Following the completion of COP27 in Egypt recently, CEOs of Africa DFIs converged in Botswana for the CEO Forum of the Association of African Development Finance Institutions. One of the key themes was on green financing and building partnerships for resource mobilization in financing SDGs in Africa

A report; “Weathering the storm; African Development Banks response to Covid-19” presented shocking findings during the seminar. Among them; African DFI’s have proven to be financially resilient, and they are fast shifting to a green transition and it’s financing.

COO, CEDA, James Moribame highlighted that; “Everyone needs food, shelter and all basic needs in general, but climate change is putting the achievement of this at bay. “It is expensive for businesses to do business, for instance; it is much challenging for the agricultural sector due to climate change, and the risks have gone up. If a famer plants crops, they should be ready for any potential natural disaster which will cost them their hard work.”

According to Moribame, Start-up businesses will forever require help if there is no change.

“There is no doubt that the Russia- Ukraine war disrupted supply chains. SMMEs have felt the most impact as some start-up businesses acquire their materials internationally, therefore as inflation peaks, this means the exchange rate rises which makes commodities expensive and challenging for SMMEs to progress. Basically, the cost of doing business has gone up. Governments are no longer able to support DFI’s.”

Moribame shared remedies to the situation, noting that; “What we need is leadership that will be able to address this. CEOs should ensure companies operate within a framework of responsible lending. They also ought to scout for opportunities that would be attractive to investors, this include investors who are willing to put money into green financing. Botswana is a prime spot for green financing due to the great opportunity that lies in solar projects. ”

Technology has been hailed as the economy of the future and thus needs to be embraced to drive operational efficiency both internally and externally.

Executive Director, bank of Industry Nigeria, Simon Aranou mentioned that for investors to pump money to climate financing in Africa, African states need to be in alignment with global standards.

“Do what meets world standards if you want money from international investors. Have a strong risk management system. Also be a good borrower, if you have a loan, honour the obligation of paying it back because this will ensure countries have a clean financial record which will then pave way for easier lending of money in the future. African states cannot just be demanding for mitigation from rich countries. Financing needs infrastructure to complement it, you cannot be seating on billions of dollars without the necessary support systems to make it work for you. Domestic resource mobilisation is key. Use public money to mobilise private money.” He said.

For his part, the Minster of Minister of Entrepreneurship, Karabo Gare enunciated that, over the past three years, governments across the world have had to readjust their priorities as the world dealt with the effects and impact of the COVID 19 pandemic both to human life and economic prosperity.

“The role of DFIs, during this tough period, which is to support governments through countercyclical measures, including funding of COVID-19 related development projects, has become more important than ever before. However, with the increasingly limited resources from governments, DFIs are now expected to mobilise resources to meet the fiscal gaps and continue to meet their developmental mandates across the various affected sectors of their economies.” Said Gare.

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