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The Dalai Lama Dilemma for Botswana

11 Mar 2019

By Richard Moleofe

The Dalai Lama is the Tibetan spiritual leader that many know little or nothing about in this part of the world. He was arranged to come to Botswana for a public lecture a little over two years back from today but the trip was called off as it sparked controversy.

Tribal jingoism is well and alive among us; and the meeting in Serowe was sufficient evidence

05 Mar 2019

The meeting called in Serowe last weekend, purportedly by so-called ruling party elders felt, looked and sounded like a summons from the royal court.

There was a lot of tribal breast-beating, a lot of tribal bigotry all of it mixed with unhidden tribal nostalgia about an era gone by.

From Khama The Great to Khama The Robber:   Executive Corruption in Botswana

05 Mar 2019

Reference is made to the P250 million saga, referred to as Botswana’s biggest financial scandal, the revelations of which have captured the imagination of the nation, and struck a dearth blow to Transparency International nonsensical characterization of Botswana as Africa’s least corrupt country!

The Church Created a One Party State in Botswana

05 Mar 2019

By Richard Moleofe

The church remains to be one of the strongest institutions in Botswana and it will be a grave mistake by anyone to overlook it. It holds so much power in its hands but the problem is that they are not aware they do.

Jewels, Pearls and Warm Hearts cannot save Africa

05 Mar 2019

We do not have to start by saying, “In the beginning was Zimbabwe…”                                                                   

But, all the same, in the beginning, Zimbabwe was there with all the rest.                                                 

Every President needs a Slumber

24 Feb 2019

The legendary British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher famously once said that “every Prime Minister needs a Willie.”

She was referring to her immensely loyal deputy, Willie Whitelaw.

Willie was to Thatcher what in street lingo might today be be referred to as makay – or an errand boy, so to speak.

Crooked characters may use haritable Foundations and Trusts as political slush funds!

24 Feb 2019

In the run up to the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) primary elections, former Assistant Minister of Education Patrick Masimolole complained to the Office of the President alleging that Mr Tshephang Mabaila was using his Mabaila Foundation to engage in illegal campaigns for Mogoditshane constituency.

The CAVA Rise or Fall!

24 Feb 2019

By Obakeng Matlou

The Collapse of our Education System a Security Threat

24 Feb 2019

By Richard Moleofe

The recent Form 5 results have really shocked many of us who are outside of the education system in Botswana. Imagine that the best school in the country has scored below the 50% mark.

Truth, Lies and Politics: A Conversation

24 Feb 2019

“A soldier without any political or ideological training is a potential criminal”, Thomas Sankara

Looking at the uncontrollable behavior and conduct by arguably Botswana’s Number One Tsotsi toward HE Dr Masisi, the observation by Sankara has hit home.

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