Friday, 26 May 2017
The Transport and Communications Ministry has dismissed as false, reports that both bus and taxi fares will be increased by Monday this coming week.
Friday, 26 May 2017
The police have dismissed as a hoax, a message circulation online claiming that four gunmen are on a spree to commit a series of offences including killing, rapes and robbery.
Friday, 26 May 2017
Police investigations into a case in which packages of pregnancy termination tablets went missing at Athlone hospital a fortnight ago have not born any fruits yet.

Politics

Molefhi not interested in the presidency of a losing party

Cabinet Minister, Nonofo Molefhi

Cabinet Minister, Nonofo Molefhi, who is contesting for the chairmanship of the ruling BDP, says he has no interest in assuming the presidency of a party that will likely lose power and join opposition ranks in 2019.

An emotional Molefhi told a campaign meeting in Sefhophe yesterday that his main intention in running for the party chairmanship is to renew and strengthen the BDP, so it can remain in power.

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Govt to spend an estimated P90 million buying the EVM

Electronic Voting Machine, Coordinator Gabriel Seeletse says the seven thousand Electronic Voting Machines to be procured from Indian company Bharat is estimated to cost the government P90 million.

Seeletso stated at a gathering dubbed ‘’Touch and Feel’’ EVM machines that the estimated amount will also be determined by the specifications that come with the machines.

He said that Bharat will also dispatch a technical team which will help with resolving issues related to machines in the event that the machines break down.

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The IEC too busy to attend the EVM panel discussion

The electoral commission will not be taking part in tonight’s panel discussion on the controversial EVMs, organised by the Botswana Council of NGOs together with the Friedrich Ebert Foundation.

BOCONGO Executive director Botho Seboko told Gabz FM news that the IEC turned down the invitation because of a busy schedule.

He said BOCONGO even proposed to postpone the panel discussion to accommodate the IEC, but were later informed that the IEC will not participate in the dialogue.

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Mmegi newspaper calls on electorates to vote for the UDC.

Independent daily, Mmegi newspaper, has called on the electorate to vote for the opposition, Umbrella for Democratic Change in the by-election tomorrow in Tlokweng.

In its editorial commentary in today’s paper, Mmegi encourages residents in Tlokweng to vote for the UDC candidate Kenneth Segokgo saying Batlokwa are landless when the ruling elite is accumulating a lot of land.

The newspaper says it will be the last time Batlokwa enjoy transparent elections as the government is imposing the electronic voting machines on them, in the next general elections.

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Bakgatla advised to approach the courts to seek a warrant against Kgafela cancelled

The Bakgatla tribe in Botswana have been advised to approach the courts to seek a warrant of arrest against their paramount chief, Kgafela Kgafela to be cancelled.

Speaking at a kgotla meeting in Mochudi yesterday, one of the tribesmen, Monthi Letshwiti recommended for the tribe to send a delegation to the high court and plead for the warrant to be cancelled.

Letshwiti said they are not happy with developments and meetings held in their kgotla in the absence of their paramount chief.

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BCP considers prosecution in the fraudulent F/town west petition.

The Botswana Congress Party says it is considering private prosecution in the alleged fraudulent Francistown West petition which led to the postponement of a by-election some 3 years ago.

Publicity Secretary, Dithapelo Keorapetse told Gabz Fm news, that Police Commissioner, Keabetswe Makgophe failed to give them satisfactory responses during their meeting on Monday.

The Phikwe West MP says his party is seeking legal advice on the matter with a view to institute private prosecution.

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Modubule declares the BMD youth congress held invalid

Botswana Movement for Democracy, Chairman Nehemiah Modubule has declared that the party youth congress held in Ramotswa over the weekend was constitutionally invalid.

Modubule stated that the date for the party congress for the youth wing is yet to be set when the National Executive Committee meets on Saturday this weekend.

He said that the gathering which he referred to as a meeting of friends was held without following the party constitution.

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Muzila retained as Francistown mayor

Specially Nominated councilor, Sylvia Muzila has been retained as the Mayor of Francistown.

Muzila and her deputy, Godisang Radisigo were unopposed during the elections this morning.

Peter Ngoma and Cornelius Gopolang had pulled out of the mayoral race after being defeated during a party caucus held yesterday.

In her acceptance speech, Muzila urged her fellow councilors to set aside their political differences and work together towards the development of the city.

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Yellowman calls on all Councillors to rally behind Gaborone mayor

Gaborone Mayor, Kagiso Thutlwe

An opposition councillor in Gaborone Sergeant “Yellowman” Kgosietsile has called on all councillors in the city council to support Kagiso Thutlwe, who was voted for the mayoral position.

His comments come after another UDC councillor Rhoda Sekgororoane defied a caucus this week and challenged Thutlwe in the elections.

Kgosietsile says there is a need to support the mayor in his quest to deliver services to residents.

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Gopolang joins the race for the Francistown mayoral position

A BDP councillor, Cornelius Gopolang has joined the race for the Francistown mayoral position.

The Kanana ward councillor told Gabz Fm news that the city’s vision 2022 is slowly gathering dust due to lack of implementation. He further said if elected he will bring a wealth of experience in administration, management and leadership.

Gopolang says major projects in the second city have been in the pipeline for many years citing the construction of a shopping mall at a council plot near Nyangabgwe hospital, popularly known as the golf course.

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