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June 12, 2018 4:16 PM Letshwiti in Moscow as FIFA decides 2026 World Cup bid

Morocco presents Africa with a second opportunity to host the World Cup, but face a strong challenge from a united North American bid, which has seen Canada, Mexico and the United States join hands. Letshwiti left Botswana unsure where to place his X, with some African countries breaking ranks and pledging support for the North American bid. Zimbabwe 34

June 12, 2018 4:00 AM Zimbabweans In The Diaspora Ready To Vote

The polls, scheduled for July 30, 2018 will be the first election in the post-Robert Mugabe era following his ouster in a military-assisted soft coup last November. It will also be a test for the Emmerson Mnangagwa-led administration to deliver a free, fair and credible election that is without violence unlike in the past when the polls were mired in mayhem 27

May 22, 2018 4:00 AM Masisi Urges BDP Members To Unite

Masisi said he was hopeful that his party will win Moshupa-Manyana by-election, which will be held on June 16. Moshupa–Manyana constituency became vacant after Masisi, who has been the area MP since 2009, ascended to presidency of the country. The BDP had five contestants - Benjamin Mogodi, Karabo Gare, Boikhutso Disele, Lentswe Mosanako and Stephen 36

April 16, 2018 4:00 AM Masisi's inherited perennial Assistant Ministers

FRANCISTOWN: Although there are new faces in the newly composed Masisi-led Cabinet, some of them did not even come from the old junior ministers’ list. This left a majority of Masisi’s junior ministers as perennial Assistant Ministers. Frans Van Der Westhuizen, Thato Kwerepe, Biggie Butale, Itumeleng Moipisi, Botlogile Tshireletso, Kgotla Autlwetse 67

February 1, 2018 2:51 PM BDP 2019 campaign divided over Khama, Masisi

It is alleged that some members of the party central committee endorsed Ian Khama’s name as the face of the party ahead of 2019 general elections while others felt that Mokgweetsi Masisi should be the one selling the party. However, Mmegi has learnt that there was no consensus on the matter and it was deferred for voting at the BDP national council 59

November 2, 2017 4:00 AM Survey finds Batswana don’t trust EVMs

The country has been using a manual voting system for years. The survey also found that the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) did not consulted the public sufficiently. The findings of the survey show that only a slim majority (52%) of Batswana trust IEC ‘somewhat’ or ‘a lot’ and show a proportional decline of 18% in points over the last decade 100

October 31, 2017 4:53 AM Zimbabweans against diasporans: Mutambara

ZIMBABWEANS back home, including professionals and the government itself, remain suspicious of exiled compatriots, Professor Arthur Mutambara has said, adding that the problem is adversely impacting diaspora engagement efforts. Speaking at the University of Birmingham in the UK last week, the former deputy prime minister said Zimbabweans back home were not receptive 180

October 25, 2017 4:00 AM Masisi takes pot shots at Moswaane

Masisi, who is also the country’s Vice-President (VP), addressed party members from the Francistown West branch over the weekend, where he also welcomed some former opposition party members into the BDP. BDP legislators, amongst them Isaac Davids accompanied the VP during his trip, while Gregory Kealotswe, Tebogo Toteng and Raoboy Mpuang who reportedly 23

October 24, 2017 10:53 AM Ronaldo eyes more FIFA success as Real Madrid dominate awards

Cristiano Ronaldo has set his sights on a “lucky seventh” piece of FIFA silverware after collecting his fifth Men’s Player of the Year award on Monday. Ronaldo’s Real Madrid side, who won both La Liga and the Champions League last season, dominated the 2017 Best FIFA football awards at a star-studded ceremony in London on Monday. The Portuguese ace has scored 43

October 20, 2017 4:00 AM Civic society slammed for lethargy

Speaking at a conference on democracy and constitutional reforms organised by the Botswana Federation of Public Sector Unions (BOFEPUSU) on Tuesday, Mogalakwe said a vibrant civic society was the only way democracy could be enhanced. “Botswana is not democratic. Our democracy has no substance and we need civic society to step in and make people account 32