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Government Loses Bid to Overturn Homosexuality Ruling

All Africa - Botswana - Tue, 30/11/2021 - 08:05
[VOA] Gaborone, Botswana -- Botswana's government has lost a bid to overturn a 2019 court ruling that decriminalized same-sex relations. Human rights groups have welcomed the decision, saying it opens the door to challenge what they say are other discriminatory laws in Botswana.
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Covid-19 - South Africa, Botswana Fight Travel Restrictions

All Africa - Botswana - Tue, 30/11/2021 - 07:48
[East African] South Africa has said it is being punished for being efficient in detecting new Covid-19 variants, while Botswana claims the Omicron variant was brought into their country by diplomats.
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Former Botswana President Ian Khama Denies Fleeing the Country

All Africa - Botswana - Mon, 29/11/2021 - 15:52
[Daily Maverick] Ian Khama has spoken out about his current visit to South Africa, which he said was for meetings and not to flee arrest, as some media outlets reported.
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Cash heist suspects further remanded in custody

The Voice BW - Sat, 27/11/2021 - 15:30

WATCH: A Broadhurst Magistrates court yesterday further remanded in custody, four men linked to the G4S Security P2 million heist which occurred at Turn Right Mall in Mogoditshane last month.

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Former President Ian Khama latest interview.

The Voice BW - Sat, 27/11/2021 - 15:17

WATCH: Former President talks to The Voice in a virtual interview about his visit to South Africa, his differences with President Masisi and the apparent politically motivated harassment by DIS!

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Europe Halts Travel From Southern Africa Over New Coronavirus Variant

All Africa - Botswana - Fri, 26/11/2021 - 21:56
[DW] The European Union wants member states to halt air travel with South Africa and several surrounding countries over a new coronavirus variant. Germany, Italy and the Czech Republic were all quick to react.
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Ten Moeding students accused of murder

The Voice BW - Fri, 26/11/2021 - 14:55

Ten Moeding College students charged for the murder of a fellow student were this morning (Friday) granted bail by a Lobatse Magistrates court.

18-year-old Isaiah Rankwe’s young life tragically ended amid ugly scenes of student violence at Moeding College on Tuesday.

A school spokesperson had told angry parents that the teenager may have been a victim of a stampede, but as details around Rankwe’s untimely death became a subject of police investigations, accusing fingers pointed to ten students believed to have had a hand in his murder.

The accused students, Ezekiel Rapolanka (18), Sphiwe Andy Nyathi (18), Kagiso Moeti (19), Rosney Semoe (18), Lebitso Kgaswane (18), Mothusi Junior Mochine (19), Given Chipayo (19),Euegen Kele Ncube(18), Kenny Kobitumbo (18), Kenny Kobitumbo (18) and Puso Zomona (18) all form 5 student appeared before Lobatse Chief Magistrate Gofaone Morweng.

Their charge sheet reads: “The accused persons on 23rd November 2021 at or near Moeding College in Otse, having occasioned bodily harm Isaiah Rankwe by hitting him with a stone caused the death of Isaiah Rankwe who passed on, on the 24th November 2021.”

In a brief court session this morning, the state through Police prosecutors did not oppose bail.

Morweng when delivering his ruling stated that the Prosecution had noted non opposition of bail but attached some conditions of bail, some of which were denied by the Magistrate.

Instead their conditions of bail are that they should each pay cash bail of P 4, 000 with two adult sureties each binding themselves with P2, 000 each.

“They are restricted from having any form of contact with individuals who to their knowledge would be prosecution witnesses,” the ruling read.

The case continues next year January 10th.

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Botswana Records Four New Covid-19 Variant Cases

All Africa - Botswana - Fri, 26/11/2021 - 14:50
[East African] Botswana has recorded four cases of the new Covid-19 variant now known as B.1.1.529, the country´s presidential Covid-19 Task Force announced Thursday in a statement.
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Botswana Court of Appeal Sets a Date for Decriminalisation Judgement for 29 November 2021

All Africa - Botswana - Fri, 26/11/2021 - 13:40
[SALC] On Monday, 29 November 2021, the Botswana Court of Appeal will issue a judgment on the decriminalisation case, Motshidiemang v Attorney General, the matter in which Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana (LEGABIBO), with support assistance from the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC), was admitted as amicus curiae (friend of the Court).
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Statement on new COVID-19 Variant in Botswana

The Voice BW - Fri, 26/11/2021 - 12:49
The Ministry of Health and Wellness wishes to inform members of the public that it is currently investigating certain mutations of the SARS COV-2 virus that was widely reported on social media, including international media, in the last two days.

Four cases of the new variant were reported by our local scientists as part of the country‘s routine genomic surveillance of SARS-COV-2. This variant is called B.1.1.529.

This new virus was detected on four foreign nationals who had entered Botswana on the 7th November 2021, on a diplomatic mission. The quartet tested positive for COVID-19 on the 11th November 2021 as they were preparing to return.

Further genomic sequencing that was conducted on the samples confirmed the virus as B. 1. 1. 529 on 24 November 2021.

Immediate results of the ongoing investigations show that the new virus has many mutations, some of which have previously been characterised.

The ministry is conducting further investigations and sample analysis to gain more knowledge and understanding about the properties and behaviour of this virus.

Contrary to speculations and in some cases insinuations by some that the variant was only detected in Botswana, the truth is that the variant has so far been detected in other countries in Africa and beyond.

Although all the four cases have since left the country, contact tracing is ongoing. All contacts who have so far been identified in the country, have no COVID-19 symptoms and have tested negative for COVID-19.

As already indicated, more intimate and complex analysis of new COVID-19 positive cases are being conducted to search any trace of this new virus. Since this is a new development, information on the virus is still evolving and no major conclusions can be drawn as yet.

Therefore, the ministry calls upon members of the public not to panic, but remain vigilant and continue adhering to all COVID-19 protocols.

Any further developments regarding this issue will be shared with the public.

Thank you.

Yours faithfully

[Signed] Dr Christopher Nyanga For Permanent Secretary

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BDF inquest verdict set for January 2022

The Voice BW - Thu, 25/11/2021 - 18:42

The last witness in the BDF Namibian killings inquest took the stand in Kasane this morning.

Moments after witness number 35 gave his testimony, Regional Magistrate Taboka Mopipi, set the next court date for 20 January 2022 where she will hand down her verdict.

Botswana Police Assistant Commissioner, Kutlwano Eanya, told court that he was satisfied with the entire process of the joint investigation as it went according to Botswana laws.

He dismissed complaints by some Namibian witnesses who told court earlier that there was no cooperation and that the investigation was not transparent.

Eanya said as far as he knows they worked well with the Namibian team. “According to law, when there’s a joint investigation, the host country is the lead investigator. The invited nation can observe and take notes, and whatever they want to do they should seek authority from the host country,” explained Eanya.

The top cop further said that when a police officer crosses into another country their power ceases to exist. “He cannot have power in a foreign country,” Eanya told court.

He said this is also the case with the powers of Pathologists.

Asked why the BDF guns were not taken for forensic tests, Eanya said they didn’t think that was necessary as members of the BDF admitted to shooting the suspected four poachers.
“There was never any dispute over who shot the suspects,” he said.

Outside court, Zambezi Regional Council Chairperson, Matengu Simushe, expressed his displeasure with the way the inquest was conducted.

The outspoken official from Katima Rural Constituency said he was not happy with the Botswana Public Prosecutors’ line of questioning.
“They were not thorough, particularly towards Botswana witnesses,” he said and added: “This is a murder case. It should go to trial and the BDF killers charged,” fired Simushe.

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Ram and Farouk win first round against PWC

The Voice BW - Thu, 25/11/2021 - 11:31

Choppies Enterprise Limited (CEL) founders and majority shareholders, Ramachandran Ottapathu and Farouk Ismail scored a major victory on Wednesday in a legal suit against auditors, PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PWC) and its lead auditor, Rudi Binedell.

On Wednesday, Acting  High Court Judge, Justice Boipuso Tshweneyagae ruled for the case to proceed to trial with Ram and Farouk winning the ruling with costs.

The two Choppies Directors have applied to the court to have PWC and Binedell furnish them with  further and better particulars.

The high court judge ruled that the defendants shall furnish Ram and Farouk with further particulars on or by 15th December, 2021 as demanded in their application for further and better particulars.

Tshweneyagae ruled that Ram and Farouk shall replicate if they so choose to, by the 20th January 2022.

The initial case management conference is set for the 14th February while final case management will be held on March 22 next year.|

The trial is scheduled from the 9th to 20th May 2022.

Ram and Farouk are demanding P450 million from PWC and its lead auditor, Binedell, accusing them of failing to sign off the Choppies financial accounts well on time ahead of the 30th September deadline.

The Choppies directors allege that the defendants actions led to a drop in value of Choppies shares, leading to Ram and Farouk losing millions as a result.

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Crime scene evidence dents Namibians claims

The Voice BW - Wed, 24/11/2021 - 12:29

A Crime Scene Investigator’s testimony at the ongoing inquest on BDF shootings has put a dent on Namibians narrative that the four suspected poachers were kidnapped, assaulted and later shot.

Giving evidence before Regional Magistrate Taboka Mopipi on Monday afternoon, Michael Josiah said the crime scene was 2km south of the Sedudu BDF Camp.

He said in his photographic and physical evidence, the two canoes used by the slain suspected poachers had bullet holes and metal fragments.

Josiah who is the Commander of Crime Scene Investigators in the No. 7 District told court that the crime scene was on the Botswana side, on the southern channel of the Chobe river.

Namibians, led by Namibians Lives Matter movement believe that Botswana soldiers kidnapped the four deceased in Namibia, tortured them before shooting them at close range.

However, the Crime Scene Investigator told court that the evidence he has collected shows otherwise.

“There were defects on the canoes which are consistent with gunfire, and there were also blood traces on both canoes,” he said.

Asked to explain why one body was found lying on the ground, Josiah said it is possible that the suspect was trying to flee.

“This could have happened before or after being shot,” Josiah told Court.

He further told court that some of the physical evidence recovered from the crime scene included long nose pliers, three cellphones, Namibian and Zambian currency, clothes and tying ropes.

“There was no sign of a fishing net or fishing rods,” he told court.

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Jwaneng Mine Recrush wins Golden Award

All Africa - Botswana - Wed, 24/11/2021 - 10:57
[The Patriot] Debswana's Jwaneng Mine Recrush Plant has won the latest Group Processing Golden Plant Award. Jwaneng took the three top spots in the Quarter three (3) awards with Jwaneng Modular Plant (JMP) and the Jwaneng Main Treatment Plant (MTP) in second and third respectively, a fantastic achievement for Debswana.
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Govt Earns U.S.$2.7 Million From Elephant Hunting

All Africa - Botswana - Wed, 24/11/2021 - 09:38
[VOA] Gaborone -- Botswana has earned $2.7 million from elephant hunting this year, say officials, more than double the last full hunting season seven years ago. Botswana lifted a five-year ban on trophy hunting in 2019 and this year the government issued 287 licenses for elephant hunting. Critics say the practice should be stopped.
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The missing gun

The Voice BW - Wed, 24/11/2021 - 07:00

Invisible weapon at centre of BDF’s Chobe River killings inquest

A key piece of evidence is missing in the ongoing inquest on the shooting of three suspected poachers by the Botswana Defence Force Anti-poaching unit in November last year.

A gun suspected to have been used to open fire at the advancing BDF unit by the slain suspected poachers is nowhere to be found.

On 5th November 2020, three Namibian brothers Tommy Nchindo, Martin Nchindo, Wamunyima Nchindo and their Zambian cousin Simvula Munyere were fatally shot on the southern channel of Sedudu Island in the Chobe National Park. Five days later, the Nchindo brothers’ mother Alphonsina Mubu allegedly collapsed and died of heartbreak in a field, while their sister had to be admitted at a health facility.

BDF Section Commander, Lieutenant Moreri Kenneth Mphela, 32 said acting on provided intelligence they set off into the river on the trail of four armed suspected poachers aboard two dug-out canoes.

“On spotting them I shouted, who goes there, halt!” said Lt Mphela.

He said instead the quartet ignored his command, paddled away and fired a single shot in the general direction of his soldiers who were on two speed boats.

“Immediately the section fired back, and the shooting lasted a few seconds,” he said.

Mphela said he did not order the shooting, but said his soldiers had every right to defend themselves as per the Standard Operation Procedure (SOP) which he said clearly states that when you’re being fired at, you have to fire back.

Mphela, who is a Water Engineer by profession said the suspected poachers were about 35m away from them when they spotted them.

“However after securing the place, on realisation that the bodies were motionless, we did not find any gun at the scene,” he said.

Mphela told Regional Magistrate Taboka Mopipi that when the police investigation team arrived in the morning, no weapon was recovered. Police only retrieved two long spears, three elephant tusks and peddlers.

“We suspect the gun fell in the water,” Mphela told court.

Giving evidence in court, a member of the Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus (SCUBA) diver Ndingisano Mfazo said he was called the next day to look for the missing gun in the Chobe Rive. Mfazo said together with a Staff Sergeant they began combing the river at 4pm and left just before darkness.

“When we were supposed to continue the search the next day we received an order that we should wait for the Namibian Scuba divers,” he said.

He said a team of four Namibian divers arrived on the 19th, and together with a team of four they began scrapping the bottom of the river for the missing gun.

“The water is muddy, and there’s limited visibility. There’s also the issue of a heavy underwater current and wild animals,” Mfazo told court.

He said they had subdivided a 50m by 50m area and had barely finished combing the first 15m when two large hippos began circling them.

“The Namibian police official who was the most senior at the time called off the search. He said our lives were in danger, and we never went back to search for the gun,” the court heard.

His sentiments were shared by Staff Sergeant Bolotsang, 53 who revealed that Chief Inspector Ottoh of the Namibian Police Force (NAMPOL) called off the search as he felt they were in danger from the hippos.

Asking questions from the gallery, a Zambian by the name Webby Kasale asked how come the suspected poachers were unable to hear the engine sounds from the two BDF speedboats until they were within 25m.

“I’m pretty certain that a speedboat engine would be audible from 50m away, which would have given the poachers enough time to flee,” he said.

Evidence however given by eight BDF officers so far has been consistent. They insist that they were travelling at a crawling speed and stealthily approached the unsuspecting quartet.
The inquest continues until next Friday.

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Clap your hands 10th edition on hold

The Voice BW - Tue, 23/11/2021 - 15:45

Flamboyant Entertainment will not host the much-anticipated 10th edition of Clap Your Hands Annual Music Festival due to time constraints.

Clap Your Hands is an annual music festival normally held at Flambo Park also known as Nkau’s Farm.

Following a one-year hiatus due to Covid-19, expectation was that the festival will come back in full force but that won’t be the case.

In 2020 there were high intentions by Clap Your Hands to host its 10th edition however, when covid-19 hit, events were suspended therefore the ideal plan became impossible. The event was set to be a big celebratory edition of a decade ever since the event started in 2010.

According to Flamboyant Entertainment Public Relations and Marketing Director Tshimologo Bonang, they will stage the 10th edition next year when they are able to pull resources together on time.

Clap your hands 10th edition on hold

FLASHBACK: Clap Your Hands festival in 2019

“At first we were not intending on doing anything this year because we were supposed to jump to the 10th edition, but its now set for 2022. The reason why we won’t have Clap Your Hands edition is because we were caught off guard when the State of Emergency ended. Only three months was left before our date of the 24th December so we cannot organize an event of that magnitude in that limited time because 10th edition is meant to celebrate our success over the years. So it brings together a lot of people, stakeholders and sponsors so it takes time to organize so otherwise we were going to comprise everything and give people a sub-standard event,” said Bonang.

Despite the 10th edition not happening, all is not lost for Palapye revelers since Clap Your Hands will make up to their fans by staging a show dubbed “THE CATCH UP” this festive season.

“This is meant to keep our revelers entertained, they want their brand and their usual event so we won’t deny them that, the brand should also be kept alive instead of going for three years without a single show. It’s not a fully blown event but it’s a small event under the same brand,” said Bonang.

Bonang further confirmed that they have secured Amaroto and Boohle for The Catch Up lineup.

“We will reveal other artists coming on board in the near future. We have experience in handling artists so we will make sure we bring something solid to our fans so that there is no void on the 24th of December,” he said.

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The awesome Power of Amapiano

The Voice BW - Tue, 23/11/2021 - 15:40
Festival offers 100 free tickets for those with vaccination cards

In an attempt to tap into music’s unique power to do good, promoters of the ‘Pretty Girls Love Amapiano’ festival will hand out 100 free tickets to youth who can prove they have been vaccinated against Covid-19.

Scheduled for next Sunday (28 November) at the Royal Aria stadium in Tlokweng, the show is set to be one of the entertainment events of the summer.

With South African superstars DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Small confirmed as headliners, the music will certainly leave a mark.

However, it is the Covid initiative that could well prove the festival’s lasting legacy.

Addressing the media this week, the show’s organiser, Exotic, explained to be eligible for a free ticket, one must provide proof they have received their first jab.

“In our efforts to help Government drive the vaccine intake we will be giving away 100 general tickets to the youth aged between 20 to 30. They can go to webtickets to claim their tickets,” revealed the revered 30-year-old organiser.

The man born Godwin Sebina admitted that while the nature of the music business is to attract mass gatherings, this is their way of showing government they are doing everything in their power to help contain the virus.

The awesome Power of Amapiano

READY TO ROCK: Scorpion Kings

“We are with Government in fighting this thing. We don’t want to find ourselves back where we were months ago. It was a very dark time for us and so this is one of the ways in which we will be playing a role as promoters,” he stressed.

Although a huge turnout is expected based on the popularity of the headliners, Exotic and co expressed confidence they are ready to host the masses safely.

In the last three years, Amapiano has exploded in popularity, with DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Small playing a big part in the genre’s rise. Known as The Scorpion Kings when they unite, the duo shall share the stage with Mzansi homeboy, Zakes Bantwini, while the wonderful William Last KRM and DJ LaTimmy will be keen to prove there’s plenty of home-grown talent in Botswana as well.

Tickets for the event, which takes place under the hashtag #PianoWave, are going for P200.

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Celeb edition with Mlesho Kaione

The Voice BW - Tue, 23/11/2021 - 15:35

The 32-year-old Mlesho Kaione has been a mainstay in the music industry ever since his primary school days.

Back then, the youngster thrilled when he joined popular group, Wizards of the Desert as a backing dancer.

Mlesho eventually outgrew the group and went solo, setting off on a career that has seen him collect multiple awards and develop into one of the biggest Kwaito Kwasa artists in the industry.

The industry is finally fully functional, what can your fans look out for?

More and more music!

The truth is I have had time to think and try to realign the brand.

I had been spending a lot of time in the studio and working with the producers for new content.

I think Covid-19 was a blessing in disguise for me in that regard.

More and more music – tell us more!

In the last two weeks I have actually dropped new music that is not doing so bad on radio.

I have released one featuring none other than Vee Mampeezy called ‘Pelo’ and this week I released another single called ‘Ba re buletse’.

I am currently trying to get those in the market but as festive begins, I will be dropping more and more singles.

Let’s move away from music to matters of the heart, what is your deal breaker in relationships?

Definitely dishonesty and keeping secrets.

Any wedding bells on the horizon?

Let’s leave that one for another day.

Who is your celebrity crush locally?

No one actually. I stay away from celebrity relationships.

When was the last time you cried and why?

(Laughing) I never cry, like ever, and I am being very honest with you.

If you were made Minister of Youth Sports and Culture Development for one day, what is the first thing you would do?

I am a huge believer and supporter of our local talent.

I believe it is the key to take our country to the next level so the first thing I would do is invest heavily on local talents and create a vibrant team to sell and package our arts to the international world.

Have you ever thought of quitting music?

Oh yes. The music business is very dirty and draining.

It is really tough, so yes I have thought of quitting a lot of times.

Tell us about one day that you will never ever forget.

Definitely the day former President Ian Khama danced to my song ‘Hlomela’.

Before then I did not know he knew the song let alone dance to it.

I can’t even explain how I was feeling that day.

Five things people don’t know about you

1. I am a free soul
2. I love love
3. Now that you asked earlier, I will also answer this one to say I never cry
4. I am a member of the St John’s Apostolic Faith Mission of Botswana
5. I listen to any and every type of music

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Things they say

The Voice BW - Tue, 23/11/2021 - 15:30

“Wena Rakgare o thole ore tuu!

O dirwa ke go lelela makesi a baswi gore o a fiwe o ye go a phakisa” – Parliament opposition whip and Gantsi South MP Motsamai Motsamai

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