Analysis

New land-rights pressure group contests Batawana’s claim to Moremi Game Reserve

13 Jan 2019

A brand new land-rights pressure group has laid claim to Moremi Game Reserve, a multi-billion tourist asset which was the first game reserve in Africa to be set up by Africans.

Rule from the graveyard as Kabila and Tshisekedi clans swap power in Kinshasa

13 Jan 2019

In  my  course of  tracking Africa’s  sometimes torturous navigation of this  elusive creature  called democracy, I often hear a  yarn told to much  amusement  of  what  happened  back in 1991 in Zambia.

A  Masisi/Khama deal has potential to create moral equivalent between a Head of State and a wayward warlord

13 Jan 2019

From the beginning it is important to state upfront that what the ruling party elders are doing in trying to reconcile President Mokgweetsi Masisi with Ian Khama is patently wrong and ill-advised.

2019: The year of elections

13 Jan 2019

By Richard Moleofe

This year is not only special to this country but to the African continent -politically speaking. It’s a year in which many states will be going for elections. Elections in Africa always seem to have a completely different rhythm as compared to other democracies.

De Beers using Batswana as smokescreen

13 Jan 2019

News that a senior executive who is a citizen of Botswana was recently fired by De beers after refusing to fudge and cook the figures relating to diamond beneficiation would come as a source of disappointment but not surprise for many people familiar with the history of De Beers.

Botswana party politics caught in a catch 22; a booby trap; a Zugzwang!

13 Jan 2019

Just as we commence our routine activities after the Christmas break to find that although 2019 is a year of general elections in Botswana, nothing has actually changed. Batswana are stuck with comical and annoying politics. Our lives remain miserable and the worst is yet to come because we are still to change the way we do things and the things we believe in.

When did Fact oppose Truth?

13 Jan 2019

The present generation is groaning in pain as social media have become powerful socialisation agents in grooming our children. The reality of what truth means has never been distorted this much and social media users have pushed the line to shun the truth while embracing fact as if the two are mutually exclusive. What happened to the simple teaching: ‘Don’t tell a lie’?

Masisi’s Serowe kgotla meeting was a sad day for Botswana

06 Jan 2019

Some in the Botswana Democratic Party felt that so soon in his new position and with his relationship with his predecessor, Ian Khama, having acquired industrial-grade toxicity, President Mokgweetsi Masisi should not have addressed a kgotla meeting in Serowe on October 10.

We might not know all of Venson’s true intentions; but they have nothing to do with gender

06 Jan 2019

In announcing that she will be challenging President Mokgweetsi Masisi the Minister of Local Government Pelonomi Venson said out of courtesy she had notified both the president and also the ruling party Secretary General, Mpho Balopi about her ambitions and intentions. Her courtesy however has not gone far enough.

“We are from the brink”

06 Jan 2019

By Richard Moleofe

As a young boy growing in the 1970s, the best entertainment one could look for was from radio. Radio Botswana was the only station in the country. Radio Bantu which later became Radio Setswana was the next alternative at the time.

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