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January 13, 2019 4:00 AM Trouble brewing for BOMU interim committee

Members, mostly artistes have threatened to sue the current committee for what they term maladministration and abuse of office. The committee has been at the helm since August 2018. Its chairperson, Taolo Moshaga was appointed last year after the council of arbitration nullified the election of the then committee and ordered its dissolution following 1132

November 16, 2018 7:22 AM Appellant board to decide Mabaila’s fate

President Mokgweetsi Masisi is the chairperson of the committee and again is the one who chooses members who sits in that committee. The party’s national disciplinary committee last month, slapped Mabaila with five years suspension and he has since appealed to the president. Yesterday BDP secretary general Mpho Balopi told the media that Masisi had informed 164

November 14, 2018 9:16 AM Bulela Ditswe verdicts out on today

This publication has learnt that some of the appellants will hear from the central committee today that the Appeals Board has dismissed most of the cases because they did not have enough evidence. The Appeals Board is expected to present the report to the BDP central committee on the day. According to a source, the party's Appeals Board quashed the protests 176

November 12, 2018 2:04 PM AoJ stakeholder conference postpones withdrawing of EVMs case

The AoJ stakeholder conference is among others attended by the Minister of Defence, Justice and Security Shaw Kgathi and the Chief Justice Terence Rannowane. In his maiden State of Nation Address (SONA) President Mokgweetsi Masisi also stated the EVMs were not going to be used in 2019 general elections. “The procurement of Electronic Voting Machines 146

November 1, 2018 10:03 AM Woman elected head of Ethiopia's top court

Her name was put forward by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and MPs unanimously approved the appointment. It's the latest in a series of appointments in Ethiopia that has seen the promotion of women to top jobs. Last week, Sahle-Work Zewde became the country's first president - a ceremonial position. The week before, Prime Minister Abiy appointed a cabinet 151

October 18, 2018 12:50 PM Fury as govt derecognises unions

On Tuesday, Mosalakatane wrote to the seven leading public sector unions about compliance with section 46 of the Public Service Act of 2008. “You are well aware your union has been one of the public service unions that have been engaged in the process of resuscitating the Public Service Bargaining Council (PSBC) in terms of Part XIII (Collective Bargaining 152

September 25, 2018 9:30 AM Mabaila hearing this Friday

BDP disciplinary hearing committee could not form a quorum. Mabaila was slapped with two months suspension for different offences. Despite time running out for Mabaila to start his campaign as a candidate or the party finding another candidate, members of the disciplinary committee failed to show up last Friday. The matter got worse after BDP National 166

September 17, 2018 4:00 AM IEC relived as gov’t drops EVMs

Government announced last week that the Act had been put on hold. The Electoral (Amendment) Act No. 7 of 2016, which became a subject of controversy after Parliament passed the Bill in 2016 provided for amongst other things the replacement of voting by ballot paper with Electoral Voting Machines (EVMs) and abolishment of the supplementary registration 135

September 4, 2018 12:54 PM Murder case dropped after accused languished 7 years

The accused, Mandla Nyathi, now 26, was accused of killing his girlfriend, Lebogang Ncube, also from Zimbabwe, on July 26, 2011 at a cattle post near Selebi-Phikwe. Nyathi has been languishing in jail for seven years since he was charged with the offence. The state feared that Nyathi was a flight risk because he entered Botswana illegally. But on Tuesday 111

August 13, 2018 4:00 AM Confusion at IEC as no voter registration dates set

Already, there is a court case in which one of the opposition parties, Botswana Congress Party (BCP), is challenging the revised Act. The confusion arises from uncertainty in which law will be used for the 2019 general election. The IEC starts its voter registration on September 3, 2018. Some of the critical issues that the IEC is forced to deal with is whether 134