The Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) introduced him into politics allegedly against his will; they parachuted him to the state presidency without having to sweat it out with others; they forced him down our throats without much resistance mainly because of royalty; they supported and defended him religiously; they give him the aura of a distinctively unmatched president and for 20 years Ian Kham
Last week the Chairman of the Mogoditshane/Thamaga Sub-District Council told a harrowing story overRadio Botswana on how one family in Tsorogwane Lands near Kumakwane was attacked by Zimbabweans like a pack of wolves.
For Zimbabwe’s rulers, Tropical Cyclone Idai is the best thing that has yet happened to them since they wrestled power from Robert Mugabe.
The cyclone unwittingly directed international attention and sympathy on the devasted people of Zimbabwe whose leaders were only too glad to stand up in the glare of worldwide media in mock helplessness.
The Voice newspaper of the 25th January 2019 carried an interview with former President Ian Khama in which he told its correspondent, one Sharon Mathala, that politics was never his chosen career path, that he had chosen another life for himself after the BDF and that he had personally sacrificed a lot to rule this country.
In the past years retired soldiers never looked with any anticipation toward the beginning of any financial year. But the current president has brought in some glimmer of hope into the dark pit where these men remain at the moment.
The law is an ass, so wrote Charles Dickens in his novel Oliver Twist.
But then so too is democracy, he should have added.
One of the main reasons why Botswana’s democracy has successfully endured has to do with the fact while allowing for multiple political parties, and a dejure independent parliament, in effect there has been only one centre of power – the presidency.
They can yap, shout, scream, lie or hobnob with the powerful nations or showcase their connections with the underworld of organized criminality but surely the reasonable people of this gifted country are biding their time to take back their country from the jaws of pompous predators and take it on the right path towards justice and fair play.
Advocate Sydney Tshepiso Pilane once said “We have a monumental ego for President” (see Sunday Standard May 29 2011). Revisiting Pilane’s opinion piece, one can easily conclude that we now have a monumental ego for an ex-president.