A popular business tycoon Nickolas Zackhem has come out clear to explain his relationship with both President Mokgweetsi Masisi and his Vice Slumber Tsogwane.
Contrary to popular speculation that Zackhem is inseparable with the duo, especially Tsogwane, the businessman says he has a cordial relationship with all politicians across the political divide. In fact, he told this publication that he long knew Tsogwane way before he could even become a legislator.
“I have a good relationship with all the politicians across political divide. For example I long known VP Tsogwane before he became an MP, which was 28 years back. Even when we talk nowadays we talk general stuff like farming because I am not interested in politics. If I was interested maybe I could have become a politician back home,” he told this publication.
In relation to Masisi, Zackhem says he doesn’t know him personally but he shares his vision. “I respect him a lot, I think he has done very well for this country. I believe in his philosophy, but I should say personally we do not know each other.”
There have been reports that suggested that Zackhem has fallen out with a Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) Deputy Treasurer Jag Dish Shah from football politics. This even left some suggesting that Zackhem with his close relationship with the party Chairman Tsogwane, lobbied for the ouster of his rival from this position.
However, the businessman rubbished such allegations. “That is not true because I am not interested in those talks and again that is very laughable to suggest that I may be pushing him out.” In the opposition fold and the BDP, Zackhem maintains that he talks and relates with both very well.
“The likes of Fidelis (Molao), Tumiso Rakgare, I have also known them way before they got their current positions and I cannot stop engaging with them because now they are in cabinet. Same thing with Boko (Yandani), Dithapelo (Keorapetse) and Polson (Majaga) that is why I am saying I relate very well with all of them despite their affiliation.”
Zackhem added that in terms of political party does not subscribe to any political party and as such he is not captured or supposed to swing the pendulum to a particular political party.
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.”