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A response to public responses

20 May 2019

By Kwapeng Modikwe

My small notes to the Minister of Foreign Affairs

20 May 2019

By Richard Moleofe

Wake me up in the middle of the night and quiz me on anything regarding the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and I will jump out of bed and get a good score. From my primary school days in the early 1970s, I surely recall a lot of things that have been business for this ministry.

By consorting with Khama, the UDC is sailing too close to the winds

13 May 2019

An era of conviction politicians, it would seem has now left us.

In its place have come politicians driven by expediency and convenience.

When everything is based on convenience, the first victim is often the truth.

That is consciousness with which we must approach the fast approaching election season.

The outlawing of Zimbabwe’s majority

13 May 2019

A few days ago, a judge in Zimbabwe issued a judgement saying that the leader of the main opposition in Zimbabwe, Mr. Nelson Chamisa, who many believe defeated current president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, in the last presidential elections were it not of the age-old election tempering, is illegally occupying the leadership of the largest and most popular opposition party.

Understanding Khama’s Frustrations

13 May 2019

By Richard Moleofe

Following the big meeting in the Serowe kgotla last week Saturday, I have come to fully comprehend Khama’s frustrations. The feud between Khama and Masisi is not the source of the former president’s problems. The underlying problem is with power.

Masisi should be careful not to succumb to fatalism

08 May 2019

There is a big paradox that President Mokgweetsi Masisi has to contend with.

The country, and increasingly his party too, need a new sense of optimism.

That can only come if the economy is working, and doing so for everybody.

The military versus people’s power

08 May 2019

By Richard Moleofe

Years ago I made some commentary in the newspaper regarding the Arab Spring and in particular its effects in Egypt. This commentary was considered controversial as I sought to justify the taking over of government by the military headed by General Morsi.

Duma Boko: Saint or Pathological Liar – Lessons from the USA

08 May 2019

“I am lying a lot more, and my lies are far more egregious than they have been. When faced with a choice to either lie or tell the truth, I lie. It’s a strategy that works because when I lie, I’m essentially telling people what they want to hear, and people really like hearing things they want to hear.

Comedy Central is in town as the IEC delights in gutter politics!

08 May 2019

Botswana is approximately four months away from a general election that is expected to be held in October 2019 on a date yet to be specified. For political parties, their message to their candidates is that there is limited time remaining to convince and/or crook the voters to go and place a cross next to their names on the day of the polls.

Has the UDC forsaken Gomolemo Motswaledi?

29 Apr 2019

People, it would seem have very short memories.

It was only in 2014, barely five years ago when the UDC leadership and indeed general membership accused Botswana Government, then led by Ian Khama of assassinating Gomolemo Motswaledi.

Motswaledi, for those who have forgotten was not only the deputy leader of the UDC, he was by any measure the mastermind of all that the UDC was.

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