Botswana: SADC leaders agree to respond to attacks in Mozambique

GABORONE (Botswana), Nov 29 (NNN-AFRICANEWS) — The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has agreed to respond to the insurgency ravaging areas in northern Mozambique.

Five presidents who attended an extraordinary summit in the Botswana capital Gaborone, have “finalized a comprehensive regional response” to the unrest in Mozambique, according to a SADC communiqué.

Exceptional 549 carat white gem diamond recovered in Botswana

GABORONE, Feb 8 (NNN-XINHUA) — Lucara Diamond Corp, 100 percent owners of Karowe Mine in the northwestern part of Botswana, announced the recovery of an unbroken 549 carat white diamond of exceptional purity.

The 549 carat diamond was recovered from direct milling of ore following a recent recovery of a gem quality 176 carat stone from its EM/PK(S) unit.

According to the statement, this unit continues to produce large gem quality diamonds in line with expectations and forms an important economic driver for the potential underground mine at Karowe.

Botswana to start issuing trophy hunting licences in December

GABORONE, Nov 19 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Botswana’s president announced the government will by December start issuing trophy hunting licences after it controversially scrapped a five-year ban on the practice, and angered international conservationists.

President Mokgweetsi Masisi’s government in May removed the moratorium, just a year after he suceeded Ian Khama, an avid environmentalist, who had introduced a blanket hunting ban in 2014 to reverse a decline in the population of wild animals.

Botswana president takes oath of office for first term

GABORONE, Nov 3 (NNN-AFRICANEWS) — Dr Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi was sworn in as Botswana’s fifth president.

Masisi and the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) emerged victorious in last week’s general election. The ceremony took place in the parliament in the capital Gaborone.

In his acceptance speech, the president pledged to uphold the rule of law and to relentlessly fight corruption.

Botswana elections: Mokgweetsi Masisi retains presidency

GABORONE, Oct 25 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Mokgweetsi Masisi has officially been declared the winner and president of Botswana.

Masisi’s victory was announced on Friday morning by the country’s chief justice, who is also the convener of elections according to the Constitution.

Masisi’s Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) attained the 29 constituencies out of 57 required to form government

The opposition Umbrella for Democratic Change has 12, the new Botswana Patriotic Front – backed by former president Ian Khama – has three seats while the Alliance of Progressives has one.

2nd LD: Masisi declared winner of Botswana's general election

GABORONE, Oct. 25 (Xinhua) -- Incumbent President Mokgweetsi Masisi has won Botswana's general elections after his party garnered majority in the national assembly, the chief justice said on Friday.

On Wednesday, the southern African country held its general elections for the 57 members of the national assembly and 490 councilors countrywide.

Botswana faces first close election contest since independence

GABERONE, (Reuters) - For the first time since it won independence from Britain in 1966, Botswana faces a genuine electoral contest on Wednesday, as a feud between its current and a former president throws one of Africa’s most stable nations into uncertainty.

The Botswana Democratic Party, in power since independence day, faces an unusually tough parliamentary vote, after the country’s former president and political heavyweight Ian Khama fell out bitterly with his hand-picked successor, President Mokgweetsi Masisi, earlier this year.

Botswana teams up with World Bank on renewable energy

GABORONE, April 27 (Xinhua) -- Botswana has partnered with the World Bank to develop a renewable energy strategy that would allow the country to be more independent on energy supplies, said President Mokgweetsi Masisi on Saturday.

He made the remarks at an event of the ruling Botswana Democratic Party in the capital Gaborone.

Botswana president vows to reduce extreme poverty

GABORONE, March 26 (Xinhua) -- Botswana's President Mokgweetsi Masisi said on Tuesday that reducing extreme poverty is his government's priority and he is working to lure foreign investors into the southern African nation to create the much needed employment opportunities.

Masisi was addressing members of the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) in Francistown, Botswana's second largest city ahead of the party's elective congress, which will be held from April 5 to 7 in Kang, a village in the southwestern part of the country.

Botswana's president blasts western critics over elephant cull

GABORONE, Feb. 27 (Xinhua) -- Botswanan President Mokgweetsi Masisi on Wednesday blasted Western countries for their outburst over Botswana's plan to lift a hunting ban and allow an elephant cull.

Botswana is "a sovereign state and do not have to be arm twisted by the western countries," said Masisi in an interview with Xinhua during his stopover at the Francistown International Airport in Botswana's second largest city on transit to Zimbabwe.

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