This article is inspired by a speech made by John Kerry at the recent World Economic Forum meeting where he addressed issues relating to corruption and how it predisposes countries to security threats. Taking a synopsis of what the man said, he attributes corruption to any county’s security vulnerabilities.
On Monday Finance and Economic Development Minister Kenneth Matambo presented what is possibly his last budget speech to the nation. Our interest was drawn towards the infrastructure development by the government – being part of a strategy to make a conducive operating environment for the private sector.
South Africans are the strangest people one can come across on the African continent. Most of them think they are better than Africans from other parts of the continent. For example, they call their fellow African brothers and sisters “Grigambas” and “Makwerekwere”. But they never refer to Europeans and Asians by these derogatory names.
“Our ambitions in six years in the New Botswana are to grow our economy by at least 10 percent on average, drive non-mineral exports to at least 40 percent of GDP and shrink unemployment from 19 percent to less than 10 percent, augment manufacturing output to 20 percent of GDP, and make Botswana a transport hub for the 277 million strong SADC market,” Gaolathe said when addressing party members
With news about how the Ian Khama administration may have misappropriated billions of tax payers’ money making the headlines, corruption has become a staple subject in Botswana and sometimes it comes up even before enquiries about the health of children.
Even at this very late hour, and more especially notwithstanding the kind of bad behavior he has had to contend with coming from New Jerusalem and its chief protagonist, it is important for President Mokgweetsi Masisi to show forbearance and offer Pelonomi Venson a path to withdraw from the self-destroying route she has chosen for herself.
A couple of weeks ago, Zimbabwe’s president, Emerson Mnangagwa, hit Zimbabweans with a cruel and unrealistic fuel price increase then boarded a hired plane and left to visit Russia and some of its former states.
By morning, demonstrations against the steep fuel price increase had erupted nationwide. It was no surprise that the army was first on the streets.
Walk into Gaborone Central Police Station and experience the chaos right at the reception area. Scores of men and women line up at this office to either certify one or two documents or for some swearing in for this or that reason.