Connect with us

News

Villagers accuse Tsogwane of sleeping on the job

Published

on

Some residents of Nata village have expressed grave concern at the manner in which their chieftainship issue was handled by the current Vice President Slumber Tsogwane who was the Minister for Local Government before handing over to Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi.

Scores of those interviewed over the weekend say Tsogwane was a clueless and useless individual who failed to come to their rescue whilst a full minister before he was elevated to Vice Presidency by President Mokgweetsi Masisi.

Although they have accepted that their Senior Tribal Authority Letsogo Kgaswa was imposed on them by the Bamangwato authority, they will not rest until such conduct by government authorities is brought to an end. Since Botswana is a democratic state, residents strongly believe that they should have been allowed to elect their leader like it is the case with many other villages whose chieftainship is not hereditary. Following the appointment of Kgaswa as their leader against their will, they forwarded a petition to Tsogwane’s office but are yet to receive a response.

They have since placed their hopes on the new minister Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi to rectify this. They generally feel that Tsogwane took their issues lightly, adding that he left his ministry while still having a pending matter of appointing a headman of arbitration. “So far villagers have submitted names of 12 candidates to be considered by the minister whilst Tsogwane was still in charge only for him to make an exit without any feedback whatsoever, pertaining to our petition and submissions of those they want to elect as their leaders.

“What was more disturbing before their nomination is that they were grilled in an interview, a system which residents have since dismissed as undemocratic,” said village representative Bob Zibani Galethata who made the entourage to Gaborone to hand over the petition.

Continue Reading
Comments

News

BMC secures beef market in Seychelles

Dikarabo Ramadubu

Published

on

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.

Continue Reading

News

G-west community reunion-walk a resounding success

Keletso Thobega

Published

on

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.

Continue Reading

Trending