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Malawian Judge sues SADC for P4million

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A Malawian high court judge, Charles Mkandawire who was formerly employed by SADC as the Registrar of the SADC Tribunal is suing the SADC for terminating his employment contract last year.

Mkandawire demands at least P3.9m and his lawsuit is said to have been an agenda item at the just-ended SADC audit committee ordinary meeting which was held in Gaborone from 16 – 20 November. Documents seen  by this publication show that the Audit committee is also invited to note that due to the suspension of the SADC Tribunal, Mkandawire was advised that his employment would terminate once the review of the role of the SADC Tribunal was completed which took place on August 2014.

The Audit Committee is also invited to note that on June 26, 2015 Mkandawire initiated court proceedings claiming that SADC should pay him a total of P3, 990, 000.00 being the salaries and allowances for what he considers to be the remaining period of his employment contract. The documents further invited the Audit Committee to note that the Secretariat has already instructed the outsourced lawyer to oppose Mkandawire’s claim on the grounds that SADC enjoys absolute immunity from legal process in the domestic courts of SADC Member States, and Mkandawire knew that the lifespan of his contract renewal/extension would depend on the finalisation of the review of the role of the SADC Tribunal.

This is not the only lawsuit alleged that appeared on the last week’s agenda item. Others are Republic of Tanzania versus one R.G. Mathews. The Audit Committee is invited to note that the criminal trial prosecuted at the instance of the Republic of Tanzania for alleged theft or misappropriation of funds at a Project which was based in Tanzania is still ongoing and not yet concluded.

The Audit Committee is also invited to note that there will be no legal costs to the SADC Secretariat at the end of the case as this is a criminal matter prosecuted at the instance of the Republic of Tanzania.

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The Audit Committee is invited to note that the case in which a former employee is challenging the Secretariat for a contract renewal is still pending in the Industrial Court of Botswana and is awaiting allocation of a hearing date by the Court. The Audit Committee is also invited to note that the employee is claiming compensation that is equal to the value of his contract had it been renewed.

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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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