Run up to the 1994 general election stood out for frenetic campaigning never before seen in the country’s electoral history as the two main contenders Botswana Democratic Party and Botswana National Front headed down the home stretch. Back then there were no private radio stations.
As Botswana works at resetting its foreign policy, those in authority appear to be in real danger of undermining the very asset they have at their disposal to achieve such a goal.For far too long career diplomats have been overlooked when it comes to career progression and advancement.
Illinois, USA: By imploring His Excellency the President of Botswana, Dr Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi to rebuild Botswana, the Right Rev David Taote Mapitse is illuminating the extent of the deconstruction from which the country finds herself suffering because of poor leadership and short-sightedness. He could have not picked a more relevant passage than Nehemiah chapter two.
In Botswana, agriculture is folklore, almost. Once upon a time stories of its heydays jostle cheek by jowl with fireside old wives tales. In the manner of all oral traditions, it is often carried in ancestral voices, spoken with a distant tone as though it is interred deep in the belly of the soil.
Indeed it was show time, the climax and judgment day for political thugs, dishonest politicians and criminal bands intent on hijacking our republic. This election was held to tumultuous anticipation of a new government for the first time after 53 years of Botswana Democratic Party’s (BDP) uninterrupted rule.