Independence buys freedom

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.


Zimbabwean consumers boycott Choppies

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Zimbabwean consumers are boycotting to buy groceries in giant retail supermarkets, Choppies in protest of Vice President Phekezela Mphoko’s continued stay in a leafy hotel at the expense of the taxpayers. Choppies is a Botswana multinational grocery and general merchandise retailer headquartered in Gaborone.


Panama papers and the Choppies connection

A network of proxies assisted Farouk Ismail, one of the wealthiest men in Botswana and his family to secretly set up a property company in the tropical heaven of the Bahamas, documents contained in the Panama Papers show. INK Centre for Investigative Journalism reporters Joel Konopo and Ntibinyane Ntibinyane report


Who’s who of Botswana linked to supermarket chain

Choppies retail giant denies using ‘soft power’ to secure privileges and dispense benefits.