A twenty three year old University of Botswana graduate in Mechanical Engineering, Dineo Serame, has clinched the world’s most prestigious scholarship, The Rhodes Scholarship, valued at about three million pula, to study at the University of Oxford in October 2019.
In my teenage years there was nothing that made me angrier than a bully, be they schoolyard bully or staff bully. I still recall the day I refused to take punishment from a male teacher that students feared more than the venomous reptiles that inhabited the hills surrounding Moeng College.
For a few months now, since his inauguration, President Masisi has been under sustained attack from all fronts. He has faced fierce attack from some in the BDP itself, some in the opposition block and most recently from a select brigade of journalists. I have been impressed by his fortitude of character and composure in the midst of such unwarranted assault on him.
In Botswana it is not inevitable that a vice president will have a significant say in the policy direction of government.
Unless a vice president ultimate rises to become a president, there is enough evidence in Botswana to show that every time epochal history is written of any presidency, a vice president of that epoch never goes beyond being anything other than a footnote.