Independence buys freedom

Forced marriage threatens teenager’s education

Mosidi Mokaeya

Ragele Karosa* (16) of Ngami Junior Secondary School has a passion for success. She values school more so because she has dropped out twice due to pregnancy. Her premature motherhood has become a financial burden to her unemployed parents who were already struggling to make ends meet. The youngster says that she regrets her pregnancies because they have cemented her parents’ belief that by now she should be a wife. Now, the Herero born student of Semboyo village in Ngamiland fears that she will soon be forced to become a child bride.


‘Magosi behind secret recording’

Calistus Bosaletswe

Botswana’s head of intelligence, Brigadier Peter Fana Magosi, arranged to secretly record the meeting where top spies, detectives and prosecutors discussed the investigation of former president Ian Khama’s alleged involvement in large-scale corruption and money-laundering, allege two well-placed sources.


No escape for trafficked Mogobane girls

Mosidi Mokaeya

Fifteen-year-old Lesedi Mmopi and her 16 year old sister Grace Mmopi have been waking up at 4.30 am every morning. Instead of rising early to prepare for school, the youngsters have been forced into a different world.


Recording sheds light on P100 billion investigation

A leaked audio has revealed Botswana’s top spies, detectives and prosecutors huddled together in a meeting to strategies for an investigation into how former president Ian Khama and his ‘enforcer’ Isaac Kgosi may have instructed the Bank of Botswana to shift funds raised from government bonds during Khama’s term in office


The muffled cry of a mother who lost her son

Mosidi Mokaeya

For Kebafilemang Mpifelang December 17, 2020 is a day she will never forget. The mother of three fights back tears as she describes how her son and nephew disappeared under her care in Mmatshumu, a tiny San village situated 55km from Letlhakane, the headquarters of Boteti sub-District.


BTV head in dodgy tender deals

In the scramble for DBS tenders, General Manager (Projects) is at the centre of allegations that he prioritizes cronyism over competitive bidding, writes Calistus Bosaletswe.


‘Gold rush’ as Botswana meets appetite for lion goods

Data shows that over a 10-year period South Africa received most of the live lions and their products exported from Botswana – including 16 live lions in 2019.
Investigation by Calistus Bosaletswe for INK Centre for Investigative Journalism.


Perils of sex workers in Botswana

Calistus Bosaletswe

Naledi Paledi a sex worker who reside in Gaborone paints a gory picture of violence against sex workers in Botswana that almost left her dead at the hands of a client who had sought service from her.


Choppies sues PwC over ‘unethical tactics’

Choppies Enterprises chief executive and executive director claim the auditing firm asked for a job for one if its directors – and dragged its feet on an audit when refused, writes Joel Konopo


HIV+ people most vulnerable to COVID-19 – Masisi

Yaone Ntwayagae

President Mokgweetsi Masisi said people living with HIV/AIDS are amongst the most vulnerable to Covid-19 and that it is essential to ramp efforts to protect them from exposure to the Coronavirus.