Friday 18 August 2017
(APA 08/17/17)
Botswana President Ian Khama has lashed out at China accusing it of intimidating his administration which was expected to host Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama who has since cancelled his trip, Botswana Guardian newspaper reported here Thursday. Khama told the paper that “they told me things like the Ambassador may be recalled, it would damage relations between Botswana and China that they would as China engage other African states to isolate Botswana.” Khama said the Dalai Lama is welcome to visit Botswana at any time. He wishes the Dalai Lama a “speedy recovery” from the exhaustion he suffers, after which the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader is “welcome to come and visit Botswana.” He was expected...
(Botswana Daily News 08/02/17)
Letlhakeng — The Vice President, Mr Mokgweetsi Masisi has hailed Batswana for their innovation, citing solar-powered lights which he said were designed at the then Rural Industries Innovation Centre in Kanye as a first in the history of the country. Speaking at a political rally at Maboane to welcome new members to the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) on Saturday, Mr Masisi said that the solar-powered lights would be patented to prevent foreign companies claiming the idea. He said plans were underway to mass produce and use them across the country, which would help address power shortage and reduce expenditure on power. Mr Masisi also said this innovation was the beginning of good things to come from the country. He also...
(AFP (eng) 07/26/17)
Beijing issued a warning to Botswana Wednesday over its plans to host the Dalai Lama next month, asking the African nation to respect China's "core interests". The Tibetan spiritual leader, who lives in exile in India, is due to speak at the three-day "Mind and Life Dialogue" conference in Botswana's capital Gaborone, which begins August 17. China's officially atheist ruling Communist party views the Dalai Lama as a dangerous "separatist" campaigning for Tibetan independence and consistently condemns foreign governments who welcome him. The Dalai Lama, in turn, says he is seeking more autonomy for Tibet rather than outright independence. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang called for Botswana to "earnestly respect"
(Reuters (Eng) 07/26/17)
China stepped up its warning to Botswana on Wednesday over a planned visit by exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama next month, demanding the African nation respect China's core interests. The Dalai Lama, reviled by Beijing as a dangerous separatist, is expected to address a human rights conference in the capital, Gaborone, on Aug. 17-19 and will also meet Botswana's president. China is a major investor in Botswana's economy. China has already "clearly" expressed its point of view about...
(Voice of America 07/25/17)
European and African ministers are meeting in Tunisia about efforts to regulate the flow of refugees from Africa to Europe, primarily along the deadly central Mediterranean route originating in Libya. In a declaration Monday in Tunis, the capital, the ministers said they agreed on a multi-pronged approach to the crisis, including informing people about the risks of illegal migration and the possibility of voluntarily returning home, addressing why migrants leave home and beefing up actions against human traffickers. Participating in...
(Weekend Post 07/21/17)
First it was the South-China Sea controversy and now it is the impending visit by the Dalai Lama to Botswana, and China is not amused. The Asian giant is telling Botswana to block the Dalai Lama’s visit. Relations between Botswana and China have taken yet another knock as China disapproves of Botswana’s decision to allow the Dalai Lama to visit Botswana and give talk as a guest at a three day conference entitled “Botho/Ubuntu: A Dialogue with the Dalai Lama...
(Botswana Guardian 07/21/17)
The long-standing 42-year relationship between Botswana and China is on the brink of collapse as the former is now willing to extend “normal courtesies” reserved for visiting dignitaries during the Dalai Lama’s visit to Botswana. Beijing is talking tough and is in an uncompromising mood regarding Tibetan’s exiled spiritual leader Dalai Lama’s planned visit to Botswana, saying whoever allows the Tibetan spiritual leader to visit then that country is closing relations with China. Addressing visiting journalists and academics from Botswana...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/14/17)
China warned Botswana on Friday against hosting the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, who is due to visit there next month, saying it hoped Botswana could make the "correct" decision about the trip. The Dalai Lama is expected to address a human rights conference in the capital, Gaborone, on Aug. 17-19 and will also meet Botswana's president. China is a major investor in Botswana's economy. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a daily news briefing that the...
(AFP (eng) 07/13/17)
The Dalai Lama will visit Botswana next month and meet with President Ian Khama, Botswana officials confirmed, in a trip likely to anger China, a key investor across Africa and its largest trade partner. Beijing views the Dalai Lama as a dangerous separatist campaigning for Tibetan independence and consistently condemns foreign leaders who meet him. Botswana "will be extending the normal courtesies for visiting dignitaries", the government said Wednesday in a statement. "His Excellency (President Khama) will meet the Dalai...
(MmegiOnline 07/12/17)
Different regional chairpersons for Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) yesterday said their weekend congress would not go on as planned if the issue regarding the expelled members is not addressed. The regions included BOMASE, South East, Francistown, Letswapo, Kweneng and Gaborone. They demanded immediate and unconditional reinstatement of the expelled members. Kweneng regional chairperson, Boipuso Dikgang stated that they will carefully look at the issue, “(in) accordance with article 14.5 (c), which says the national congress has the ‘right to...
(AFP (eng) 07/06/17)
The African Union's new chair Moussa Faki Mahamat on Wednesday questioned US commitment to fighting terrorism on the continent after it blocked efforts to get UN funding for an anti-jihadist force in the Sahel. "This is a specific case of a certain number of African states taking the initiative to create a dedicated force to fight terrorism. So, we don't understand how the United States could hold back or not engage in the fight against terrorism," Faki said in an...
(AFP (eng) 07/03/17)
Egypt will host the foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain on Wednesday to discuss the crisis with Qatar, Cairo's foreign ministry said. The ministers will meet "to follow developments... concerning relations with Qatar," it said in a statement Sunday evening. The four countries announced on June 5 they were severing ties with their Gulf neighbour, accusing it of backing "terrorism" and being too close to Saudi Arabia's arch-rival Iran. Riyadh and its allies on Monday...
(AFP (eng) 06/23/17)
Botswana's former president Sir Ketumile Masire, the southern African country's second post-independence leader and who led efforts to bring peace to Mozambique, has died aged 91, an aide said on Friday. Masire had been heavily involved in efforts to end violence between Mozambique's government and the main opposition Renamo party in his role as co-chair of an international group of mediators. Renamo, which waged a 16-year civil war that ended in 1992, refused to accept the results of 2014 elections...
(Xinhuanet 06/06/17)
Delegates of an African conference in solidarity with Cuba on Monday called on the United States to lift its over 50-year economic blockade against Cuba. "We applaud the positive development in this respect and we commend the U.S. government and Cuba for their efforts towards normalizing of ties," said Namibian President Hage Geingob, officially opening the fifth Continental Africa Conference in Solidarity with Cuba here on Monday. "However, there is still much ground left to cover to ensure the complete...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/27/17)
Leaders of the Group of Seven wealthy nations met African heads of state on Saturday, the final day of their annual summit which has been marked by discord over climate change, but unity on tackling terrorism. Italy had hoped to make Africa the major focus of the annual G7 gathering, holding the discussions on the island of Sicily that has taken in hundreds of thousands of migrants over the past four years as they flee war and poverty back home...
(AfricaNews 05/11/17)
Botswana’s electoral commission has invited expects to hack an Indian electronic voting machine under consideration to be used during the 2019 general elections. The potential hackers are expected to register on May 15, 2017 ahead of the hacking of the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) produced by Indian company Bharat Electronics Limited, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) announced on Monday. The company will be demonstrating how secured the machines are before political party representatives and analysts next week. “The demonstration session will offer an opportunity for those with the know how to disrupt, hack and compromise the secure performance of the machines to do so
(Xinhuanet 04/19/17)
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, and the chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, will convene Wedesday the first UN-AU Annual Conference. The two leaders will look into how to strengthen the partnership between the two organizations to face common challenges and opportunities in the continent, on issues of peace and security, sustainable development and human rights, said Stephane Dujarric, UN spokesman, at a daily briefing. "They will also sign the Joint United Nations-African Union Framework for an Enhanced...
(New Zimbabwe 04/03/17)
"We cannot fight the First Family with all the resources at their disposal. They are using armed police and there is nothing much we can do but just to approach the courts and the regional bodies to which the country is a member," said Dube. Villagers who were evicted from both Arnold and Manzou farms in Mazoe district by First Lady Grace Mugabe have formally reported their plight to Botswana and South African embassies as as SADC. Botswana is led...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/23/17)
N'DJAMENA French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen pledged on Wednesday to break with her country's decades-old relationship with Africa known as "Francafrique" and abolish the CFA franc currency policy that binds Paris and its former colonies. Francafrique describes an informal web of relationships Paris has maintained with its former African colonies and its support, sometimes in the form of military backing, for politicians who favor French business interests. Le Pen, one of the frontrunners in the presidential election, spoke...
(APA 03/16/17)
Botswana’s President Ian Khama will miss the Extraordinary Summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) scheduled for 18 March in Kingdom of Swaziland, Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Emanuel Pheko said on Wednesday. Pheko said in a statement that Foreign Affairs Minister Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi would instead lead the Botswana delegation to the summit. He said the Botswana delegation would comprise Finance and Economic Development Minister Kenneth Matambo, Investment, Trade and Industry Minister Vincent Seretse and senior government officials. “The Extraordinary Summit will deliberate on progress made regarding the implementation of SADC’s regional

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