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The SADC Double Troika raised a concern that the mountainous Kingdom of Lesotho has not undertaken the constitutional public sector and security reforms and have urged the Prime Minister Phakalitha Mosisili-led government to prepare a road map for the implementation of the reforms as contained in the SADC facilitator’s final report.
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President Ian Khama is said to have shown his leadership mettle when he reprimanded Lesotho Prime Minister Phakalitha Mosisili during the SADC Double Troika Extra ordinary summit which was discussing the report on the Lesotho crisis
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Botswana Democratic Party (BDP), which suffered its worst-ever election result since independence in 1966 with the youthful opposition Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) tapped voter anger over high living costs and rising inequality in the diamond rich country, is allegedly flexing its financial muscle to sow divisions in the opposition ranks.

The Patriot on Sunday is reliably informed that currently the ruling party is targeting four Members of Parliament from the opposition to either join them or resign. The BDP, which has lost all the by-elections held after the 2014 General Elections, is said to be panicking as the clock ticks away to 2019 and now want to destabilise the opposition.
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Botswana Teachers Union (BTU) has won a landmark victory against their principal employer-Ministry of Education and Skills Development over the non-progression of Principal Education Officers II (PEOs). BTU took MOESD to high court after the implementation of Levels of Operations in 2013 which left PEOIIs in the lurch as school heads salary scale was pushed higher than theirs though they were their immediate supervisors.
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The Presidential Order of Honour bestowed on Court of Appeal (CoA) judge president Justice Ian Kirby on Independence Day has stirred controversy, with trade unions suggesting that the executive arm of government is buying the judiciary. In a letter to President Ian Khama, Justice Kirby and Justice Isaac Lesetedi on Friday BOFEPUSU said as regular litigants before the courts of Botswana, including the Court of Appeal and the High Court, they are concerned about the new practice by the Justices of the Court of Appeal, which is the highest court in the land, to accept awards from Khama.
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The local water supply challenges are about to deteriorate further following reports indicating that South Africa is planning to cut off Botswana from receiving water supplements from Molatedi Dam near Zeerust, in the Northwest Province.
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After experiencing a serious setback in 2013/14 financial results the National Development Bank (NDB) vows to cut its losses significantly going forward. Updating the media on their current business environment the CEO of NDB Lorato Morapedi said an interest constrained environment, high cost of funding immensely affects the bank’s profitability.
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Today, we are witnessing history repeating itself.  We have come full circle. In the year 2000, we gathered here for the Millennium Summit which culminated in the adoption of the eight (8) Millennium Development Goals, whose implementation deadline is this year.
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The just-released Global Competitiveness Report (GCR) 2015-2016 cautions that failure to embrace long-term structural reforms that boost productivity and free up entrepreneurial talent harms the global economy’s ability to improve living standards. The Report also notes that the ‘new normal’ productivity growth poses a grave threat to the global economy and seriously impacts the world’s ability to tackle key challenges such an unemployment and income inequality.
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The multimillion pula Molepolole Bus termus project scheduled for handing over on September 30, as announced by Council Chairman Jeffery Sibisibi addressing a full council two weeks ago, is far fromn complete. A visit to the project at the old Molepolole stadium in Borakalalo ward revealed a project that is still far from being complete and may continue into next year. The incomplete bus rank makes two major projects undertaken by Kweneng District Council (KDC), which are continuing despite deadlines having long passed.
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