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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 41

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 83

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 97

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 9

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 26

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 18

October 16, 2017 4:00 AM BDP goes all out in Goodhope/Mabule

The team, which is expected to start its tour next week in all the nine wards in the constituency, will also comprise two delegates from each ward. This came to light after the constituency wrote to the party central committee informing them that the constituency could only become winnable if all party members were consulted in order to know what the problem 10

October 14, 2017 2:18 PM Botswana employs double standard in gay sex death penalty vote

He added Botswana’s actions on this global platform should be treated as a cause for concern, as it would have been a perfect opportunity to reaffirm the human rights and dignity of homosexual persons internationally. Botswana is one of the 13 countries that recently voted against the UN resolution condemning gay sex death penalty, Mmegi has learnt 17

October 12, 2017 5:11 AM Wedged between Macy’s and iTunes: Why Steinhoff could become world’s 15th largest retailer

Once Star obtains a stake in Shoprite, Steinhoff will become the 15th largest retailer in the world. After the option is exercised, Steinhoff will own a 12% economic interest in Shoprite. This economic interest and additional voting rights will give Steinhoff majority voting rights of 50.7% and, effectively, control of the African food retailing champion 16

October 9, 2017 4:00 AM UDC, expert vindicated by Mugabe’s words on Khama

Mugabe attacked Khama, accusing him of not supporting the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Pelonomi Venson- Moitoi’s bid for chair of the African Union (AU) Commission. Mugabe was speaking during the recent Zimbabwe-South Africa Bi-National Commission (BNC). Over the years opposition parties have been complaining about Khama’s 26