“Thank you for your kind introduction. I am the fifth president of Botswana since independence, and indeed a beneficiary of the ‘succession plan’ entrenched in the country’s Constitution. But come October 2019 when the nation goes to the general elections – I will be on my own as they say.
One wonders what people in South Africa and outside the borders of South Africa think about the laying of criminal charges by some politicians against other politicians - charges that don’t go anywhere because the police service and other law enforcement agencies, just like the rest of the civil service, are politicised.
If you listened to a certain section of the media, you would think there was some kind of national crisis. You would assume that we have a constitutional crisis. We don’t! There is only one president and his name is His Excellency Dr. Eric Masisi. Fullstop. He has the full powers of a sitting President. Ga se motshwareledi.
Some years back, whilst I was still studying Global Health Policy and Management in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, I received an invitation to write two papers on former President Ian Khama’s response to the Country’s health challenges. I gladly accepted the invitation.
Anyone who lived in the 1970s and 1980s would never had imagined that there would today be no Botswana miners working in the South African mines. But that’s the reality on the ground. The migrant labour export has total come to an end