Where I come from, the border village of Siviya in the North East District, we have an IsiNdebele word that can be uncharitable at best and totally eviscerating at worst when used to describe one’s character. It is not a word that is used normally and we are not in an ordinary period as far as our politics is concerned.
Botswana is one of the few countries on the African continent that have held regular elections since the mid-1960’s in which I have had an interest. Two of those elections took place when I was exiled in Botswana although my dad hails from Mochudi.
In an international fellowship I belong to, Alcoholics Anonymous to be precise; as a lens through which we examine our behavior, we often utilize Albert Einstein’s definition of craziness; “doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.”
Botswana has held elections regularly since March 1965. All the elections have been won by the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) which has been in power for 54 years this year, excluding their years in the colonial era Legislative Council. This year’s general elections promise to be different from all the previous elections.