Independence buys freedom

Community orgs fight over hunting rights  

Solomon Tjinyeka The Glhuin/han syndicate in northern Botswana is accusing land board authorities of favouritism  after it awarded a hunting quota to Qangwa community Trust in the wildlife-rich NG3 concession in east of the Okavango Delta. Glhuin/han, a Basarwa Community organization said they were not consulted when Tawana Land Board awarded Qangwa Community Development Trust […]


How will the conflict between Masisi and Khama end? 

Joel Konopo

The night that former president of Botswana, Ian Khama, escaped under the cover of darkness into neighboring South Africa, marked a loss of innocence in Botswana’s usually stable, harmless politics. Tensions between Khama and his handpicked successor, current president Mokgweetsi Masisi, has spilled out into the open. It threatens to inflame tribal malaise and destabilize a country once known for its sparkling diamonds and thriving economy.


How Debswana stole from Boteti farmers

Tsaone Segaetsho

A group of farmers whose land was taken by Debswana Trading Company to make way for a game reserve hoped to get Water Rights or an equivalence of what was taken away from them as compensation, only to be offered P180 000 of the P5.5 million set aside by Botswana Government as reparation.

• Farmers who had boreholes will not get any Water Rights compensation but P180k as compensation
• Minister Moagi says the compensation was adequate


Moshaneng Quarry deepens causing exposure to asbestos hazard

Tsaone Segaetsho

Fresh photographic evidence by this publication reveals that miners and villagers are not safe from the dangers associated with exposure to the asbestos mineral, which is currently banned since it causes lung diseases.


Masisi’s Pandora Box and his most wanted man shut inside

Tsaone Segaetsho

For almost four years former president Ian Khama and his specially handpicked successor, Mokgweetsi Masisi have been trying to settle a score in an ego trail or a power play which evidently emanated from a two-man Gentleman’s Agreement gone wrong.


Poor communities bear the brunt of human-wildlife conflict  

Solomon Tjinyeka

Humans have coexisted with wildlife for millennia in both conflict and peace but the human-wildlife conflict is not a comfortable subject as it involves loss of life and livelihoods, fear and anger.


Controversial Debswana MD post hung for three years amid search for “indigenous Motswana”

Tsaone Segaetsho

Albert Milton’s appointment as MD of Debswana on the 1st of December 2018 was accompanied by a lot of fanfare, celebrations and festivities at Gaborone International Convention Centre (GICC) to welcome him to the top positon.


How blacklisted Unik Construction gobbled P268 million from the treasury

Tsaone Segaetsho

Ink Centre for Investigative Journalism holds a letter of World Bank’s Suspension and Disbarment Officer, Pascale HeUme Dubois, who blacklisted Chinese contractor Unik Construction Engineering (Pty) for trying to defraud its way into a multimillion Pula road construction project funded by the Bank in 2013.


‘Bomber’ allegedly masterminding cross border heists from a South African jail

TSAONE SEGAETSHO

Cross-border intelligence between Botswana Police Services (BPS) and the South African Police Services (SAPS) points to one of the infamous heist master-minders currently serving jail time in one of the Gauteng prisons.


Moffat Group VAT furor continues

• Shadrack Baaitse facilitated the controversial Moffat Group mask tender

Tsaone Segaetsho

Fresh investigations shows that businessman Shadrack Baaitse was subcontracted as a supplier by Moffat Group to get them face masks through a South African export and import company.