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Nasha, UDC's Valentine Present
[The Patriot] The Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) is scheduled to welcome former Speaker of the National Assembly Margaret Nasha into its ranks on Valentine's Day (14 February, 2016) at Marulamantsi Freedom Square from 1400hrs. This is expected to be a star rally and will be officiated by UDC leadership including president Duma Boko, Secretary General Ndaba Gaolatlhe and Chairman Motlatsi Molapisi.
Judicial Quagmire Deepens
[The Patriot] The relationship between government and the Law society of Botswana (LSB) deteriorated to an all-time low by Friday following a fall-out sparked by utterances made by the chairman of the latter-Lawrence Lecha-at the opening of the 2016 legal year on Tuesday. On Thursday Court of Appeal president Ian Kirby entered the fray on the side of government while numerous stakeholders supported LSB, among them BOFEPUSU and BONELA. Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Defence Justice and Security Augustine M
Mokaila's Options On BCL Management
[The Patriot] The Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources Kitso Mokaila has come out openly on the financial crisis facing BCL Mine, admitting that some of them are self-inflicted. Answering a question in Parliament on Friday, Mokaila said that the BCL management is not doing enough to address the financial mess that the mine is finding itself in. "They are not serious about cut costing measures and still own a private jet when they don't have money which I told them to dispose of," said Mokaila, adding that he
Khama Thrives On Absolute Powers
[The Patriot] President Ian Khama's exclusive executive powers were on Friday reaffirmed by three High Court judges when they ruled Friday afternoon that the power to appoint judges to the bench vests exclusively with the President, not the Judicial Service Commission (JSC).
Preparing for War?
[The Patriot] The allocation of the highest share in the 2016/17 development budget at 24% to the Ministry of Defence, Justice and Security has created an outrage from the business community and other stakeholders with leader of opposition Duma Boko accusing government of having a 'security neurosis'. Addressing a press briefing Boko said that the current government is creating an arms race within the region as other Southern African countries will feel threatened by the huge spending by a rather peaceful country. "We a
Why No Salary Increase, Yet!
[The Patriot] The trade unions conglomerate - BOFEPUSU - has released a statement to update its members about the status of the salary negotiations with Government. Secretary General Tobokani Rari says:
Marina Hospital in Hip Replacements
[The Patriot] Princess Marina Hospital Orthopaedic Centre of Excellence has just started another round of hip and knee replacement (Arthroplasty) campaign. The three-day campaign started on Sunday and will end on Tuesday. During this period 10 patients were to undergo knee replacements while eight patients get hip replacements. "There are nine females and nine males receiving replacements. Since the Centre of Excellence started in 2009 to date, 351 patients received knee and hip replacements.
Cubans Doctors Not Dragging Feet - Envoy
[The Patriot] The Cuban Ambassador to Botswana Juan Carlos Arencibia Corrales has refuted allegations that some Cuban medical volunteers to Botswana were disgruntled and were hence rendering below par service to the community. Speaking in an interview with The Patriot on Sunday on the side-lines of the 39th anniversary of the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between Botswana and Cuba, Corrales said the deployment of Cuban medical personnel to Botswana was purely out of the candidate's own will. He refuted report
Khama to Launch ESP
[The Patriot] President Ian Khama will officially launch the Economic Stimulus Programme (ESP) on Saturday in Machaneng village, in the Tswapong/ Ramokgonami area. As part of the launch, the Ministry of Lands and Housing will also unveil Public Officers Housing Units that are already under construction in Machaneng. The houses will alleviate shortage of staff accommodation.
Pula Steel Employees Resume Work
[Botswana Daily News] Selebi Phikwe -Pula Steel employees who had gone on strike have resumed their duties. The workers put down their tools on Tuesday morning citing issues of non-payment of overtime and delay in payment of January salaries.
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