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Govt Neglects the Disabled - UN Specialist

[The Patriot] United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Human Rights Specialist Joella Marron has challenged government to establish a National Human Rights Institution (NHRI) in order to up its game to improve the Human Rights situation, especially for People with Disabilities whose rights remain neglected in most instances. (AllAfrica)

AP Mulls UDC Romance

[The Patriot] Opposition minority, the Alliance for Progressives (AP), is grappling with an invitation from the coalition Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) after the latter requested a formal meeting to facilitate possible cooperation talks ahead of the 2019 general elections. (AllAfrica)

'Masisi Is Not BDP President' - Jacobs

[The Patriot] A sequel to the 2008 Gomolemo Motswaledi vs Ian Khama & Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) case is playing out before the High Court in a more dramatic fashion after a Bulela Ditswe loser, Kamal Jacobs, raised questions about the legitimacy of President Mokgweetsi Masisi. (AllAfrica)

PSLE Results Improve 1.16 Percent

[The Patriot] Teacher trade union Botswana Sectors of Educators Union (BOSETU) has hailed teachers for a sterling job that has resulted in an improvement in the 2018 PSLE Examination results. BOSETU Publicity Secretary, Edwin Maitshoko, said the results are a reflection of the hard work, dedication and commitment that teachers always exhibit in carrying out their work amid difficult circumstances under which they toil. "We salute all teachers in this sub - sector for the hard work that they have put in teaching and prep (AllAfrica)

BMD Constituencies Divide UDC

[The Patriot] Members of political parties under the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) are said to be growing restless as the leadership procrastinates over making a decision regarding constituencies that were vacated by the expelled Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD). At the center of the problem is the fight for the 14 constituencies which were held by the expelled founding member of UDC, Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD). The fight has pitted Botswana National Front (BNF) and its offshoot Botswana Congress (AllAfrica)

Why Is Kgosi Protected?

[The Patriot] As DPP fails to charge him, again! (AllAfrica)

Masisi, Khama Feud Dangerous - Mokgware

[The Patriot] Former Commander of Botswana Defence Force (BDF) Ground Forces, Major General Pius Mokgware, has warned that the on-going feud between President Mokgweetsi Masisi and his predecessor Ian Khama, if not resolved, could degenerate into a civil war that will reverse the gains made by the country. (AllAfrica)

Accommodation Drama for SA Athletes in Botswana

[News24Wire] Cape Town -Upon arrival in Gaborone on Wednesday for the 2018 Region v Games event, South Africa's athletes were met with some logistical issues. (AllAfrica)

Afrocup - Petro Eliminate Orapa of Botswana

[ANGOP] Luanda -Petro de Luanda defeated Botswana's Orapa United 2-0 in the second leg of the first qualifying round of the African Confederation Cup played in Gaborone. (AllAfrica)

State House Fails Security Clearance

[The Patriot] Nine months after ascending the presidency, President Mokgweetsi Masisi has not moved into his new residence, the State House, and will not do so anytime soon because of on-going renovations and debugging, this publication has learnt. (AllAfrica)

Corruption Rampant in Govt - Minister Mabeo

[The Patriot] Thamaga MP Tshenolo Mabeo, who recently lost Botswana Democratic Party Primary (BDP) primary elections, used an opportunity to respond to SONA 2018 during the week to pour scorn on the way Bulela Ditswe was conducted. (AllAfrica)

New Visa Policy Draw-Card for Chinese

[The Patriot] Botswana is about to experience a surge in Chinese tourists following the relaxation of VISA regulations, that is if trends from similar developments are anything to go by. (AllAfrica)

UB Professor Caught 'Cheating'

[The Patriot] Some academics at the University of Botswana have been threatening The Patriot on Sunday after publishing an article which raised concern about allegations of rampant plagiarism and poor research ethics at the institution. The publication has received hostile reaction from some academics who threatened to sue this publication for what they termed a witch hunt perpetrated by gossipers. One Professor, in the Faculty of Social Sciences, even threatened legal action should we publish any material that saw him (AllAfrica)

Transnamib, Botswana Railways Sign MOU

[Namibian] TRANSNAMIB Holdings and Botswana Railways have signed a memorandum of understanding that will see a container terminal developed at Gobabis. (AllAfrica)

Protecting Elephants Isn't A Numbers Game

[ISS] In September this year, Elephants Without Borders (EWB) director Dr Mike Chase released a statement about the discovery of 87 elephant carcasses during Botswana's quadrennial census. Forty-eight dead elephants were reportedly found in one day. The case went viral, with journalists, analysts and politicians weighing in to discuss its impact. (AllAfrica)

Prince Harry to Facilitate Elephant Move From Botswana

[Zambia Reports] Prince Harry has pledged to facilitate the movement of between 500-1000 Elephants from Botswana into the Kafue National Park that has a culling capacity of close to 25 thousand Elephants. (AllAfrica)

Molao's Response to SONA 2018

[The Patriot] Assistant Minister of Tertiary Education, Rsearch, Science and Technology, Fidleis Molao (AllAfrica)

Namibia Face South Africa in Tough Opening Match

[Namibian] Namibia open their account with a tough match against the favourites South Africa at the Netball Diamond Challenge in Limpopo on Tuesday afternoon. (AllAfrica)

Gems Date Botswana

[The Herald] POLOKWANE -AFTER arriving safely here yesterday, Zimbabwe's netball Gems have declared themselves ready to start their Diamond Challenge campaign on a positive note when they take on Botswana later today in a tournament that is set to run until Saturday. (AllAfrica)

New Kid On the Block - Botswana Tourism Organisation Joins World Council

[The Exchange] Botswana Tourism Organisation (BTO) has joined the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), becoming the newest member and first destination partner from Africa. (AllAfrica)

Mogwera Suspends Five Regional Chairpersons

[The Patriot] Three weeks before Botswana Public Employees Union (BOPEU) hold elections for national office bearers, the president Masego Mogwera, is involved in a dirty scuffle with five regional chairpersons after she slapped them with suspension letters on Monday. (AllAfrica)

Govt Loses Millions On Fuel Levy

[The Patriot] Government is said to be losing millions of pula in fuel levies due to lack of mechanism to ensure that oil companies especially citizen owned companies, which mostly supply government, pay the fuel levy. (AllAfrica)

Parley Rejects Butale's Motion

[The Patriot] MP for Gaborone Central, Dr Phenyo Butale's motion that sought to have government arrest escalating fuel prices following yet another increase on Wednesday night, was shot down by a majority on the floor of Parliament on Friday morning. (AllAfrica)

Malawi U-23 Through On 3-2 Aggregate Against Botswana

[Nyasa Times] Malawi Under 23 national football team on Tuesday drew 1-1 against Botswana at the Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre to progress to the next round of the 2019 Under 23 Africa Cup of Nationa qualifying campaign and senior side head coach Ronny van Geneugden (RVG) and his deputy Peter Mponda were booed by fans as they joined the junior Flames coack Meke Mwasae on the dugout. (AllAfrica)

Ministers Lose Appeals

[The Patriot] This week members of the Botswana Democratic Party's Appeals Board are said to have dismissed most of the appeals that were brought by most the incumbent Members of Parliament, mostly cabinet ministers who lost the party's primary elections. (AllAfrica)

To Expropriate With or Without Compensation

[The Patriot] The emotive and controversial issue of land ownership in the North East District has once again reared its ugly head with escalating tensions between civic leaders and the Tati Company - owners of vast amount of land in the area. (AllAfrica)

BDP's Difficult Transitions

[The Patriot] President Mokgweetsi Masisi is said to have resolved to take a tough stance and crack the whip in order to restore stability in the troubled Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) after weeks of infighting that had seen party members publicly take on each other to the chagrin of the public. (AllAfrica)

Plot to Oust Masisi

[The Patriot] Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) is allegedly rocked by secret meetings involving top party figures, some within the Central Committee in a plot to oust President Mokgweetsi Masisi, Party Chairman Slumber Tsogwane and Secretary General Mpho Balopi from their respective positions within the party. (AllAfrica)

Minister Lures Investors to Botswana

[Government of Botswana] International guests at this year's Global Expo Botswana have been encouraged to consider investing in Botswana's priority sectors. (AllAfrica)

History-Girl Okutoyi Falls at the Last Hurdle in Botswana

[Nation] Kenya's tennis prodigy Angela Okutoyi's fairytale run at the Africa Cup of Nations in Botswana ended in agonising pain on Thursday in the final after she lost in straight sets to top seeded home player Bechri Chiraz. (AllAfrica)

BITRI Decries Small Budget

[The Patriot] Research institutions that have for a long time played second fiddle to others are coming out of the shadows to claim their rightful position and take centre stage to transform Botswana from overreliance on resources (predominantly minerals) to a knowledge-based economy. (AllAfrica)