For a few months now, since his inauguration, President Masisi has been under sustained attack from all fronts. He has faced fierce attack from some in the BDP itself, some in the opposition block and most recently from a select brigade of journalists. I have been impressed by his fortitude of character and composure in the midst of such unwarranted assault on him.
If you are poor and unlucky enough to have been caught with barely dried biltong from a stolen cow, chances are you will be appearing on Btv news within 24 hours with still unconsumed evidence spread out at your feet. If you were part of a gang, you will be lined up in a column and your humiliation shown from all camera angles.
In Botswana it is not inevitable that a vice president will have a significant say in the policy direction of government.
Unless a vice president ultimate rises to become a president, there is enough evidence in Botswana to show that every time epochal history is written of any presidency, a vice president of that epoch never goes beyond being anything other than a footnote.
There was just one item I was looking for in the president’s speech on the State of the Nation Address, that is the issue of food security. That was the only single item I was searching for throughout the address. To many’s dismay the president has dedicated very little attention to the issue of food production.