For Zimbabwe’s rulers, Tropical Cyclone Idai is the best thing that has yet happened to them since they wrestled power from Robert Mugabe.
The cyclone unwittingly directed international attention and sympathy on the devasted people of Zimbabwe whose leaders were only too glad to stand up in the glare of worldwide media in mock helplessness.
The Voice newspaper of the 25th January 2019 carried an interview with former President Ian Khama in which he told its correspondent, one Sharon Mathala, that politics was never his chosen career path, that he had chosen another life for himself after the BDF and that he had personally sacrificed a lot to rule this country.
Statistics show that Bofinet, the country’s leading fibre network provider and its existing competitors still have a lot of ground left to cover before the country can be anywhere near to being fully connected to internet.
In the past years retired soldiers never looked with any anticipation toward the beginning of any financial year. But the current president has brought in some glimmer of hope into the dark pit where these men remain at the moment.
The law is an ass, so wrote Charles Dickens in his novel Oliver Twist.
But then so too is democracy, he should have added.
One of the main reasons why Botswana’s democracy has successfully endured has to do with the fact while allowing for multiple political parties, and a dejure independent parliament, in effect there has been only one centre of power – the presidency.
They can yap, shout, scream, lie or hobnob with the powerful nations or showcase their connections with the underworld of organized criminality but surely the reasonable people of this gifted country are biding their time to take back their country from the jaws of pompous predators and take it on the right path towards justice and fair play.