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Court denies ‘lawyers’ 700 confiscated files

Keletso Thobega

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Broadhurst magistrate Tshepo Thedi recently dismissed an application by alleged fake lawyers Admire Ngwenya and Meshack Nyakswa to have about 700 files returned to them.

Ngwenya and Nyakswa, who both operated from Ngwenya Attorneys and Associates, recently appeared before the Broadhurst Magistrate Court, where Thedi dismissed the application and said that the accused had also failed to present valid work permits to the court as previously requested. In a previous court appearance, the two had pleaded that their clients’ documents and other material be returned to them. They argued that the way in which their law firm was ransacked and searched was unlawful. But luck was not on their side as Magistrate Tshepo Thedi dismissed their plead.

Thedi noted that Section 57, under the investigators’ powers, stipulates that a person of the rank of sergeant has the right to search for information and any other documentation that could serve as evidence in court. “By virtue of being a senior superintendent, Marapo had reasonable grounds to search the law firm as the files that were seized could be used as evidence in court,’ she noted. Thedi further told the two accused to allow the State to investigate the matter reasonably without interefering.

“Investigations are still at an infancy stage and the prosecution should be given time to conduct thorough investigations into the matter.” Ngwenya and Nyakswa, who both worked under Ngwenya and Associates in Phase 2, Gaborone, have been dragged to court to answer for charges that range from unlawfully remaining in Botswana, obtaining by false pretences and employing a non-citizen without the required qualifications to practices as a lawyer in Botswana. Nyakswa is said to hold a Diploma and not the required Degree.

The counts in the case were initially four but when the accused were arraigned before the Broadhurst Magistrate court in June, the prosecution pegged the count at 95. The added charges include allegedly obtaining funds by false pretences from various clients including several companies and individuals.

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BMC secures beef market in Seychelles

Dikarabo Ramadubu

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Botswana Meat Commission (BMC) will soon start to sell its beef to the Island of Seychelles. Not only will they sell frozen raw meat, but will also send corned beef for trial in the Island.

All this is thanks to last week’s visit by President Mokgweetsi Masisi who included in his delegation executive management of the BMC, led by Chief Executive Officer, Dr Akolang Tombale.
The agreement signed between BMC and two leading Seychelles companies, will see BMC exporting at least 48 tonnes of raw beef to the island possibly from October. The names of the two companies that BMC signed an agreement with are Seychelles Trading Company which is a quasi-government organisation, and Rosebelle Company which is privately owned.

Although both have agreed to trade with each other, BMC cannot start immediately, as they have to wait for the green light from Seychelles companies who still have to apply for import permits in accordance with the law of their republic.

Speaking to The Midweek Sun, Tombale expressed gratitude that they managed to get good business in Seychelles through the assistance of President Masisi. “We are ready to export any time from now. As you know Seychelles is an island surrounded by mountains and cannot produce much if not anything. “They therefore depend much on imports even from as far as Brazil and Europe. Their economy is driven by tourism and they do not differ much with the European market in terms of the demand for beef as most tourists come from Europe and United States.”

Dr. Tombale said they agreed with the two companies that since “we are not sure about the logistics we will start by selling 24tonnes to each company per month, meaning we will be supplying the Island with a total of 48 tonnes per month. The idea is to start small and grow bigger as the people get used to our beef.” BMC has also negotiated to sell small stock meat to Seychelles and successfully negotiated for local chicken farmers to start selling their range chicken to Seychelles as well.

According to Tombale, he negotiated the deal after being approached by local chicken farmers amongst them Kgosi Mosadi Seboko of Balete, who requested that “we should try to find a market for chicken farmers as we go around the world searching for the beef market.” Tombale revealed that for a start both range chickens and small stock will not be supplied in tonnes or large quantities as they will be sold on a trial basis.

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G-west community reunion-walk a resounding success

Keletso Thobega

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Multitudes turned up for the Mosengwaketsi community walk and braai session this past Saturday in Gaborone West. The walk was held in the morning and was preceded by football games and a braai session that went on until late in the evening.

According to the event director Tshenolo Palai, the aim of the community day event was to revive community spirit and address crime and social ills. “The Mosengwaketsi community reunion will be held not only to create a platform to build unity but also address the social ill of passion killings,” he said.

Palai said that they had also invited health stakeholders for a wellness segment because they had realised that there are many health related conditions that affect the quality of people’s lives hence they had joined forces with religious organisations, the business community, neighbourhood outreach policing and other stakeholders in the area to encourage a culture of unity and create dialogue between all the parties.

He noted that they had wanted to create a relaxed environment conducive for different people to engage and strengthen their networks. He said they were also concerned with the high rate of crimes of passion in Botswana and also wanted to create a platform for both men and women to open up on issues that affect them because most people tend to be more relaxed in a social setting.

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