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Questions arise about BDF’s ‘poaching’ hits

Joel Konopo

Major questions have emerged about the Botswana Defence Force’s (BDF) killing of four alleged Namibian poachers, including claims that the victims were unarmed fishermen and one may have been executed after he was arrested.


Is sex work the only job for the undocumented migrant woman?

Zimbabwean-born Kethiwe Mbali lost her parents in 2009 when she was 19 years old. Now aged 31, and a single mother Mbali escaped the shackles of poverty in Zimbabwe and now lives and works in Gaborone – as a sex worker.


DIAMONDS AND DOLLARS: The obscure transactions of the sparkling industry

Extensive financial transactions between De Beers sightholder Julius Klein Group, its subsidiary Julius Klein Botswana and De Beers Global Sightholders Sales (Botswana) give a rare and fascinating glimpse into the diamond industry’s flow of capital, documents obtained by BuzzFeed and shared with International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and INK Centre for Investigative Journalism reveal.


Masisi awarded prime Banyana Farm

INK reporters

President Mokgweetsi Masisi has been awarded a government farm – even though his bid did not meet the brief. Masisi had been accused of acting unethically and flouting procurement rules by seeking to rent a large portion of state owned Banyana Farms.


Inside the secret world of US commandos in Africa

United States Special Operations forces (SOF) — including Navy SEALs, Army Green Berets and Marine Corps Raiders — are the US military’s most highly trained soldiers, specialising in counterterrorism, counter-insurgency, and “direct action” combat raids, among other missions. Their operations are shrouded in secrecy.


Botswana is landlocked, but is still exporting shark fins

Botswana has no coastline, yet it is still exporting shark fins worth P17 million (R24 million) to neighbouring countries, including South Africa, according to the International Trade Centre (ITC) and the UN’s Comtrade database.


356 elephants die from a mysterious disease in Botswana

Botswana elephants continue to die in large numbers from a mysterious disease in the wildlife rich areas of the Okavango Delta.


BPF on a path to end Masisi greed – Guma Moyo

In a candid questions and answers interview, former Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) chairman, Samson Moyo Guma discusses the most pressing issues affecting the country. He is clearly taken aback by what he sees as tribalistic tendencies by President Mokgweetsi Masisi and is scathing about BDP seeming lack of competent leaders. He says his new party, the BPF will stop BDP victory in 2024. He spoke to INK Centre for Investigative Journalism Editor, Joel Konopo.


Masisi under scrutiny over Banyana Farm tender

The latest muddy knot on a farm may show President Masisi to be a man more rapacious than popular opinion holds, Joel Konopo, Calistus Bosaletswe and Ntibinyane Ntibinyane investigate.


Masisi’s questionable business dealings

President Mokgweetsi Masisi has business interest in at least 10 companies with several highly connected businessmen of Indian origin, including controversial businessman and Choppies Chief Executive Officer, Ramachandran “Ram” Ottapathu, according to details gleaned from the Companies and Intellectual Properties Authority.