Top corruption investigator trailing a high-profile money laundering case – that involves former President Ian Khama and former head of secret service – has allegedly been slapped with a charge of insubordination by his supervisors.
A furious row has erupted at the cash-strapped University of Botswana over the vice -chancellor, Professor David Norris, who is accused of purging staff “who differ with him” and riding roughshod over tender procedures.
It seemed too good to be true. A diamond-rich, corruption-free, democratic, prosperous, and peaceful African country with a tradition of peaceful transfer of presidential power (the incumbent president voluntarily leaves office a year before the next general election). It was.
Too many mines, too little to show for them – that is Botswana’s problem. Diamonds, copper, nickel – all have been hard hit by falling world resource prices, and for the first time since independence, the country historically seen as one of Africa’s success stories is confronting real economic decline. By Joel Konopo for INK.
There is need for an independent press that has the economic strength to stand up to the blandishment of government, writes Joel Konopo
Africa’s model democracy is sliding into a monocracy that is punishing the media, argues Joel Konopo.