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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
• Shadrack Baaitse facilitated the controversial Moffat Group mask tender
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.
Former president Ian Khama is lodging in obscurity in South Africa after skipping the country early November much to the chagrin of the state security agency, DIS.
• Smoke still unclear for vendors on Tobacco Bill
Vendors interviewed by Ink Centre for Investigative Journalism do not welcome the new Tobacco Control Act signed into law in October 2021, saying it is highly retributionist and exclusive.