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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Botswana arrests 28 terrorism suspects

By Mtokozise Dube
The logo of al-Shabaab, a Somalia-based cell of the militant Islamist group al-Qaeda.

The Botswana Government has arrested 28 terrorism suspects in an operation aimed at cracking down groups suspected of fundraising for Al-Qaeda-linked Somali militant groups.

According to a Botswana weekly, Telegraph, a series of sweeps across Francistown and Dukwi, a refugee camp, netted scores of Somali car dealers and their compatriots suspected to be smuggling operatives.

The paper quotes a source as saying: “They arrested a majority of them recently in Block One location in Francistown while others were arrested at Dukwi Refugee Camp.”

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Chinese companies not favoured in Botswana

Chinese companies not favoured in Botswana

By: Nicholas Kotch

If Ian Khama has any say in the matter‚ and he most certainly shall‚ Chinese companies may not be collecting many more government contracts in Botswana in the near future.

Since he is the president of the thinly-populated and resource-rich country and since the party he leads is dominant in parliament‚ the prospects for Chinese bidders for infrastructure tenders are not looking great.

"You know‚ we have had some bad experiences with Chinese companies in this country‚" Khama said in a recent interview.

"The best way I can put it is that we are very‚ very particular now‚ we are going to be looking very carefully at any company that originates from China in providing construction services of any nature‚" he told Business Day in Gaborone.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

'Rude' tourists arrested

Zimbabwe police said Wednesday they had briefly detained seven "extremely rude" French tourists in the resort town of Victoria Falls.

The group - aged between 55 and 66 - were detained for sneaking into a game park and refusing to stump up the $15 entry fee.

"They were extremely rude and they even tried to drive off from the police station, but we managed to arrest them," Jairos Chiona, police chief superintendant in Victoria Falls, told AFP.

"They refused to pay to watch game at Zambezi national park," he said, adding that they were released after paying a $20 fine.

Chiona said the group used an illegal cross-border entry from Botswana and were apprehended by game rangers.

Victoria Falls is a popular tourist resort with the world renowned waterfall and several game parks which has the big five - elephants, lions, buffaloes, rhinoceros and leopard.

Source: news.iafrica.com

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