On the 21st October 1949, Robert Sobukwe delivered a powerful and riveting speech at the Fort Hare University completers’ social which was spoken about for a long time in and outside the university in which he addressed topical issues of the day. Sobukwe made that speech seven decades ago but it is still as relevant today as it was when he delivered it.
Issues surrounding the lifting of game hunting and particularly that of elephants have an international effect on us. It seems elephants are top on the list of the hunted game. But the lifting of the ban affects all other large game such as buffalo, zebra and giraffe.
The political spectacle that started with Donald Trump’s unexpected attainment of the presidency of the United States two and half years ago continues to steamroll the country, breaking hearts and careers and, at the same time, writing and introducing new bare-knuckle politicking never seen or practised in America.
Since last year – 2018, Botswana has witnessed rising impunity and lawlessness within the political arena which led to social media going into overdrive. Clearly what is happening in Botswana is very unfortunate, so many mind-boggling and bizarre things are happening within the country which demand a pause and reflection as the nation traverses the crossroads.
The Government of Botswana has taken an active and controversial decision to lift the ban on elephant hunting. The ban was put in place about five years ago by the Minister of Tourism with the blessing of the then President Ian Khama.
As the battle for executive power between President Mokgweetsi Masisi and former President General Ian Khama escalates, the latter’s campaign has been cast in tribal terms. As the son of Founding President and abdicated Bangwato tribal leader, Sir Seretse Khama, Gen. Khama was installed as Paramount Chief in 1979 at a ceremony that the young Masisi says he attended.