According to Botswana Unified Revenue Services (BURS) Commissioner General, Jeannie Makgolo, the organization will not be involved in political battles prior to the 2024 elections.
Makgolo who was appointed in August last year, inherited an institution that was marred by reports of fighting nasty political wars. This was after BURS seized two helicopters that were used by Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) President Duma Boko in the campaigns of the past elections. UDC and Boko were to pay 12% guarantee to bring the aircrafts into the country; and commentators viewed this as prohibitive of the democratic process. The pilots were made to pay P50 000 while the UDC were made to pay P6 million that would allow them to use aircrafts for 3 months.
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.”