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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 607

December 24, 2018 8:31 AM Thea rocks denim jeans at Serowe Kgotla

left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;">Some of the members of the royal family were uneasy about her attire but said, "she might have a good reason for it." Thea is the most senior woman in the Khama royal house, because her husband Tshekedi is next in line for Bangwato paramount chief. This would make Thea 'Queen Mother' 554

December 17, 2018 4:00 AM Lake Ngami communities finally find their black gold

Innocent Magole, UNDP Ngamiland Sustainable Land Management (SLM) Project coordinator picks up the charcoal from the kiln that has just been opened and shows it to the media before saying, “This is it. This is why we call it black gold”. The charcoal, which is black with some silver lustre, is providing a silver lining to the communities around the Lake Ngami 531

December 11, 2018 4:00 AM Acts Of Mob Justice Worry Police

The Officer Commanding (OC), senior Superintendent Counsel Moyo told The Monitor that they are worried over the increase in the number of cases of mob justice. This comes days after an angry mob at Gaborone West Phase 4 assaulted a young man in his 20s after he was suspected to have snatched someone’s wallet. “It appears after they heard the news members 151

December 10, 2018 4:00 AM Meanwhile, in the North…

Following the first rains in the north, farmers under the Tonota, Tutume and Masunga (TOTUMA) arable and commercial Farmers Association are optimistic of a productive season regardless of the poor rainfall forecast by the Meteorological Services Department. The recent rainfall was widespread in TOTUMA, Francistown as well as surrounding villages. In some villages 156

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 125

November 12, 2018 4:00 AM Alindo Engineering faces blacklisting over P78m-worth of projects

In the last three years, the company has been given jobs to the tune of P78 million and only one of the four projects the company was awarded is near completion. Members of Parliament had called for action to be taken against the owner of the company, Albert Mbayi, who is the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) member that challenged for deputy treasurer 137

November 7, 2018 9:38 PM 400 buffaloes mysteriously mass drown in Chobe River

Initial investigations by authorities on both sides of the Botswana / Namibia Border suggest that an exceptionally large buffalo herd was grazing in Namibia when they stampeded into the Chobe river. that more than 400 animals drowned due to the massive movement of buffalo trampling, and falling from steep river banks. Carcasses have largely been removed 107

November 6, 2018 4:00 AM Flopped BMD Rally Fires Missiles At BCP

While one would have thought the rally would have many party members coming to hear from their leaders on the way forward, the gathering was a flop with just over 100 attendants. It was promoted using the UDC name and the speakers kept referring to it as a coalition event. The rally, which started two hours later than the stated 2pm, was characterised 113

October 29, 2018 4:00 AM Botswana, Russia jostle for top diamond post

Botswana is the largest producer of rough diamonds by value, while Russia is the largest producer by volume. Botswana last chaired the KPCS in 2006, after Russia’s own term ended in 2005. Under KPCS rules, the annual battle to lead the organisation is focussed on the vice chair, as the vice automatically becomes chair the following year. The vice is chosen 129