Late Nyerere named politician of the century | Botswana moves to diversify investment| Masire
asked to be DRC mediator| World Court rules in favour of Botswana
Nyerere named politician of the century
The late former president of Tanzania, Julius Nyerere, has been crowned as the
country's politician of the century.
He will be formerly honoured at a ceremony on 5 February 2000, when the ruling Chama Cha
Mapinduzi party, which he led for 20 years, celebrates its 23rd anniversary.
The decision was taken at a meeting of the party's national executive committee which
Nyerere co-founded in 1977 with the then Zanzibar president, the late Aboud Jumbe.
The two leaders merged the Tanganyika African National Union and the Afro-Shirazi Party to
form Chama Cha Mapinduzi, with Nyerere as first chairman.
Until his death in London from blood cancer on 14 October 1999, Nyerere was an important
decision maker within the party and government. (PANA)
Botswana moves to diversify investment.
Diamond-rich Botswana has started legislative manoeuvres to facilitate the inception of
its biggest investment outside the dominant mining sector.
The country intends to build a multi-million US Dollar International Finance Services
Centre to attract foreign investors.
Already a crucial bill presented under a motion of urgency to reform foreign exchange
trading has passed through the first reading in parliament.
Finance and Development Planning Minister Baledzi Gaolathe said that the legislation was
meant to facilitate the inception of the centre. The bill seeks to license all business
involved in buying and selling of foreign exchange.
Gaolathe said that a number of foreign exchange dealers had set up business in various
parts of Botswana without any comprehensive legal provisions.
He added that the government has not been able to process proposals and to market various
products, which the centre is designed to offer since the regulatory authority is not yet
in place to license operators.
Several institutions have shown interest and submitted applications to invest in the
centre but their registration has been hindered by lack of requisite legislation. The
centre is a building complex meant to turn Botswana into an international financial
Masire asked to be DRC mediator
Botswana's former president, Sir Ketumile Masire, has been asked by the Organisation of
African Unity (OAU) to be the official mediator in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
"The rebel factions in Congo have been particularly anxious to get Dr Masire as the
mediator, especially after it was clear they could not get the former South African
president, Nelson Mandela," a Botswana foreign ministry spokesman said recently.ÿ
"All sides agree that Dr Masire will make an excellent, impartial choice here, and he
is currently in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where the OAU will formally put the proposition to
Representatives of the governments of Zimbabwe and Namibia, which sent forces to intervene
against Ugandan and Rwandan-backed rebels in Congo are reportedly in favour of Masire as
The Botswana spokesman pointed out that Botswana, had adopted a more neutral stance on the
DRC, which boded well for Masire's role as mediator.(IRIN/SARDC)
World Court rules in favour of Botswana
The International Court of Justice in The Hague has ruled in favour of Botswana, in a
territorial dispute over an island along the Chobe River border between the two countries.
"In its judgement, the Court finds, by 11 votes to four that the Kasikili/Sedudu
Island forms part of the territory of the Republic of Botswana," read a statement
from the Court
However, the Court added in its judgement that the waters surrounding the island were not
owned by either country and that the area "shall enjoy equal national
Namibian officials told IRIN recently that Namibia would abide by the Court's decision.
The two countries took their case to the Court in 1996 after they were unable to reach an
agreement over the ownership of the island.
Botswana occupied the island in 1991, shortly after Namibian independence in March 1990.
The dispute between the two countries dates back to the early 1800's, when the territory,
which is now Botswana and Namibia was divided between the two colonial powers, Britain and
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