The polling date for the 2019 Botswana general election has been set and election campaigns have moved into top gear. Commentators and politicians are having a field day with some making sense and others making no sense but still making headlines.
The Telegraph caught up with an outspoken, flamboyant anti-drug use ambassador in 31-year-old Tumelo Sengawane, who for the past few years, took a bold and active decision to quit drugs, alcohol and cigarettes.
A Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis (BIDPA) research paper by Pelotshweu Moepeng on “Food Security, Agricultural Policy and Environmental Interface: African Perspective” highlights that Botswana is a flat country with the Kalahari Desert covering more than two thirds of its size.
If you lack substance but can entertain a crowd at an open-air political rally (“freedom square”), then you are the real star at what has come be known as a “star rally.” You get to feature on the speaker roster because the organisers know that you will rouse the crowd, not enlighten it.
At first take, a pregnant Motswana woman and a condemned man on death row have nothing in common. But look closer and a chilling parallel emerges: Pregnancy is a death sentence for hundreds of pregnant Batswana women mostly in rural areas.
Although the constitution allows for people to peacefully demonstrate in favor of or against anything imposed on them, the government of Zimbabwe has virtually outlawed any form of demonstration, thereby closing any semblance of opening for their views to be heard.