Botswana’s two biggest political parties, the BDP and UDC, are crafting manifestos to win the hearts of voters in the 2019 election. Like in most African countries, bread and butter issues and “politics of the stomach” will undoubtedly be key factors in determining the outcome of the polls.
It must be very difficult for Jacob Dickie Nkate. Reports on the ground suggest he harbours some ambition to become the next Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) president. He finds himself between a rock and a hard place given the job he currently holds as Botswana’s Ambassador to Japan. First of all, as a civil servant he cannot publicly declare his interest in BDP political positions.
There continues to be reports of intentions by our leadership to politicize the public service through appointments of party faithfuls to key position in the country’s parastatal bodies or public corporations.
Thirty-five years of political parties that are always formed after someone has been humiliated or at the whim of a sudden need to prove that one’s ego is still intact have proved beyond any doubt that we, in Zimbabwe, are too much of followers than originals.
We have embraced political mediocrity to a level that sees us strangling ourselves as we fight for air.
In the Watchdog of the 8 and 15 February Spencer Mogapi discusses the impending unity talks between UDC and BCP, ceases the opportunity to make a case that BCP should join UDC only to donate votes and not bargain either to have stake in the envisaged new order both in terms of inputting or driving its agenda (leadership), argues that last talks collapsed on account of constituency allocatio
For a party that has never witnessed so many presidential candidates ahead of a general election since formation, the race overcrowding shows that as president, Ian Khama dismally failed to rule by consensus around the many appointments he was vested with as his prerogative to make, much to the chagrin of many party members.