There was great excitement leading to the 2019 presidential elections. On social media, the UDC spin masters were bullish. They were confident that Duma Boko, the self-proclaimed “intellectual gladiator” would wipe the floor with all the other presidential aspirants.
Since last year – 2018, Botswana has witnessed rising impunity and lawlessness within the political arena which has 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 dust has not yet settled and both sides are counting their losses in the aftermath of this decisive battle. Once again it’s the ruling Botswana Democratic Party which has triumphed but this came at a cost as the battle field is littered with their own casualties.
After 2014, following what was by any measure a way above what could have been imagined as election results, the Umbrella for Democratic Change strategists immediately started worrying endlessly about the next elections – then due five years down the line in 2019.They scoured the political horizons and found out that in 2019 their most valuable electoral asset would no longer be around to give