Former President Ian Khama, noted in his speech at the commemoration of the World HIV/AIDS Day in Moshupa 2011, that Botswana was experiencing financial shocks as a result of having had to shift her policy agenda and focus more on trying to achieve zero levels of HIV and AIDS.
Perhaps alarmed by the unusually highly charged rhetoric and brash language of Mr Donald Trump, Michael Wolff, the author of ‘Fire and Fury: inside the Trump White House’, questioned the president’s mental state.
The Independence week is once again upon us. This is a period where politicians – more especially those of the ruling party often overstate their achievements and make Batswana believe that even though they are landless, moneyless and jobless, they are much better off than they were in 1966.
After sidelining media outlets from their home countries in farvor of CNN, CBS, BBC, Bloomberg and other American and international media outlets during the United Nations General Assembly in New York, African presidents,except for one or two, and their large entourages are back on home soil where they are now available to local media.
If it is true, and its seems undoubtedly so, that President Mokgweetsi Masisi’s administration is grappling with a powerful renegade intelligence service which has the support of some influential civil servants, he has every right to be very worried, as do all of us.
Umbrella for Democratic Change leaders do not speak with confidence on any national issues.
On every big national issue, they behave like people walking on eggshells – lacking in determination, devoid of chutzpah and bereft of conviction. They are a people ill at ease with something we don’t as yet know. They are apologetic, and totally unsure of themselves.
The 73rd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 73) opens on 18th September 2018 in New York City, and His Excellency the President Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi will feature on the 27th. An eloquent man he is, there is no doubt he will articulate the nation’s priorities and aspirations in the most persuasive approach as to grip the attention of the world body.