Ministry of Defence Justice and Security(MDJS)
News
28.09.16
MEDIA INVITATION MOU SIGNING CEREMONY ON DEFENCE COOPERATION WITH THE SWEDISH MINISTER OF DEFENCE The above captioned subject matter refers. 1. The Minister of Defence, Justice and Security Hon. Shaw Kgathi will sign a Memorandum of Understanding on defence cooperation with his counterpart, the Swedish Minister of Defence Hon. Peter Hultqvist on Monday 3 rd October 2016 at 0700hrs at the Ministry floor 4 Conference room. 2. You are therefore invited to provide coverage for this important ceremony. 2. Hoping for your usual cooperation.
19.09.16
PRESS RELEASE
09.08.16
PRESS RELEASE STATEMENT BY THE MINISTER OF DEFENCE JUSTICE AND SECURITY ON THE MAINTENANCE OF PUBLIC ORDER The Government of Botswana wishes to express its serious concern about the events that occurred outside the National Assembly on Monday 8 August 2016, where some individuals conducted themselves in a manner that had the effect of undermining public order. Although police investigations are ongoing, I considered it appropriate as the Minister responsible for public order and law enforcement to share my concerns with Honourable Members, with a view to soliciting their assistance in this regard. Whilst the Constitution of Botswana provides for the right to freedom of assembly and association, it must be noted that this right is subject to certain limitations, such as laws regulating public order and safety. To this end, a number of laws have been enacted with a view to maintaining public order, such as some sections of the Penal Code dealing with Unlawful Assemblies, Riots and other Offences against Public Tranquility. Similarly, the Public Order Act, CAP 22:02 is intended to regulate and control public meetings and public processions, by, among others, giving the police powers, in section 4, to take steps to ensure the preservation of public order. These legal provisions and their implementation by various government agencies have served this country well, and ensured that we enjoy the peace and stability for which Botswana has been recognized and commended internationally. I wish to appeal to all Batswana, in particular leaders such as ourselves, Honourable members of this House, to play a positive role in ensuring that public order is maintained, and that law enforcement agencies are able to execute their duties under the law, without hindrance, fear or intimidation. Members of this House must lead by example and not be seen to be doing anything that directly or indirectly undermines the law, or encourages members of the public to do so. In particular, Standing Order 35 of this House provides a clear procedure for the presentation of petitions, and this, and other Standing Orders, must be adhered to if we are not to descend into disorder and anarchy. ____________________________ HON. SHAW KGATHI MINISTER FOR SUPPLEMENTARY Constitution, section 13 13. Protection of freedom of assembly and association (1) Except with his or her own consent, no person shall be hindered in the enjoyment of his or her freedom of assembly and association, that is to say, his or her right to assemble freely and associate with other persons and in particular to form or belong to trade unions or other associations for the protection of his or her interests. (2) Nothing contained in or done under the authority of any law shall be held to be inconsistent with or in contravention of this section to the extent that the law in question makes provision- (a) that is reasonably required in the interests of defence, public safety, public order, public morality or public health; (b) that is reasonably required for the purpose of protecting the rights or freedoms of other persons; (c) that imposes restrictions upon public officers, employees of local government bodies, or teachers; or (d) for the registration of trade unions and associations of trade unions in a register established by or under any law, and for imposing reasonable conditions relating to the requirements for entry on such a register (including conditions as to the minimum number of persons necessary to constitute a trade union qualified for registration, or of members necessary to constitute an association of trade unions qualified for registration) and conditions whereby registration may be refused on the grounds that any other trade union already registered, or association of trade unions already registered, as the case may be, is sufficiently representative of the whole or of a substantial proportion of the interests in respect of which registration of a trade union or association of trade unions is sought, and except so far as that provision or, as the case may be, the thing done under the authority thereof is shown not to be reasonably justifiable in a democratic society.
22.08.16
PRESS RELEASE DISTURBANCES BY ”UNEMPLOYEMENT MOVEMENT” VENUE: NATIONAL ASSEMBLY GROUNDS DATE: 08/08/2016 TIME: Around 1400hrs BRIEF DESCRIPTION A group of some youth claiming to be aggrieved by lack of unemployment, gathered at the National Assembly, apparently to picket and send a message regarding their situation, to members of parliament. The group had not applied for a permit to assemble, as such, their gathering was unlawful, hence the involvement of the police to address the situation. The gathering had about thirty (30) people who also attracted a few older sympathizers, some bystanders and journalists from some local media houses. At least some four (4) Members of Parliament (MPs) also took turns to address the picketers and these were Hon. P. Butale, Hon. D. Keorapetse, Hon. I. Davids and Hon. P. Mokgware. In addition, Mr. M.C. Rakgare, who is the Botswana Congress Party Youth League President was among the sympathisers. The four MPs took turns to address the picketers on the spot and informed them that they have the right to picket as they were not breaking any law. Mr. Rakgare was also captured on video saying that the Police were violating the rights of the picketers and further indicated that soon they will also come armed to match the Police and the latter will incur casualties as a result. At around 1430hrs, the Police ordered the group to disperse within 10 minutes, but they did not do so. They continued to argue with the Police until the Police dispersed them by force at around 1530hrs. Four of the protesters were arrested and released this morning pending assessment of the case by the DPP. The four are; · B/C/M Ogaufi Ali Kerekang aged 31yrs of H/No. 18990, Phase 2, unemployed. · B/C/M Khumoekae Richard aged 28yrs. A Senior Administration Officer at Gaborone Central Constituency office. · B/C/M Jones Banda aged 26yrs of Mmopane Village. Unemployed. · B/C/M Tlamelo Tsurupe aged 23yrs of H/No. 8531, Tsolamosese. Upon dispersal, some over forty (40) demonstrators reemerged at Central Police Station, still holding their placards, obviously following their colleagues who were arrested at the same station, to show their solidarity. MPs Butale and Keorapetse, in the company of a Mr. Lekgowe, who alleged to be the legal representative of the four, also came to the Police Station demanding to know the reasons for the arrest of those detained. The crowd eventually dispersed later, without any adverse incident. It has to be noted that the protesters are expected to continue with their protest today as they have agreed with MP Butale that they should meet and come up with a petition so that he can present it to Parliament.
19.08.16
PUBLIC NOTICE THE PUBLIC IS INFORMED THAT THE MINISTER OF DEFENCE,JUSTICE AND SECURITY HON.SHAW KGATHI WILL RECEIVE PHONE CALLS FROM THE PUBLIC ON MONDAY 22nd AUGUST 2016 BETWEEN 1100HRS AND 1200HRS PLEASE CALL TEL:3186521 TO LIASE WITH THE HON.MINISTER FOR ENQUERIES CALL PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICE AT TEL:369 8312/3698200/8300 OR OUR TOLL FREE LINE AT 0800 600 071
19.08.16
PUBLIC NOTICE THE PUBLIC IS INFORMED THAT THE MINISTER OF DEFENCE,JUSTICE AND SECURITY HON.SHAW KGATHI WILL RECEIVE PHONE CALLS FROM THE PUBLIC ON MONDAY 22nd AUGUST 2016 BETWEEN 1100HRS AND 1200HRS PLEASE CALL TEL:3186521 TO LIASE WITH THE HON.MINISTER FOR ENQUERIES CALL PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICE AT TEL:369 8312/3698200/8300 OR OUR TOLL FREE LINE AT 0800 600 071
10.08.16
KGOTLA MEETINGS TO BE ADDRESSED BY THE MINISTER OF DEFENCE, JUSTICE AND SECURITY AND MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT FOR BOBONONG – HON. SHAW KGATHI The above matter refers. The Minister of Defence, Justice and Security and Member of Parliament for Bobonong Hon. Shaw Kgathi will address Kgotla meetings in his constituency as follows:- DATE ACTIVITY VILLAGE/VEVUE TIME Tuesday 16.08.16 Kgotla Meeting Molalatau 08:00 hrs Kgotla Meeting Mathathane 14:00 hrs Wednesday 17.08.16 Kgotla meeting Lentswe-le-moriti 08:00 hrs Kgotla meeting Mothabaneng 10:30 hrs You are kindly requested to ask Dikgosi, Dikgosana and Councillors to encourage morafe to attend these meetings on time and in large numbers. You are further requested to make all the necessary arrangements for the meetings. Thank you.
02.08.16
SPOT ANNOUNCEMENT Sechaba se itsisiwe fa Lephata la Itshireletso, Molao le Thokgamo le tla tshwara Thuto – seka- dipuisanyo ka Labotlhano kgwedi eno ele lesome le bobedi, metsotso ele masome a mararo morago ga nako ya borobabobedi mo mosong go tsena ka nako ya lesome le motso .(Friday 12 th August 2016, 0830-1100.hrs) Thuto seka dipuisanyo e, e tla bo ele ya dikhamphani tse di ikemetseng ka nosi tsa itshireletso.Kgankgolo ke go tla go arogana maitlamo a lephata mo go lwantsheng tshenyetso sechaba le go tsibosa ka twantsho tshenyetso sechaba Dikhamphani tse di mo Gaborone le tikologo di kopiwa go romela baemedi ba sa fete bobedi, jalo he ba tshwanetse gore babo ba ikwadisitse kgwedi eno e hera bobedi ka go ikgolaganye le diofisi dikgolo ko mogaleng wa 3698200/8300 kgotsa 3698286. Re a leboga Samma G. Tabudi ………………………………… FOR /Permanent Secretary
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