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No honour in not knowing your language

03 Aug 2018

It still gets to me. Yes, it still shocks me terribly that there are still intelligent people in our society who think it is a badge of honour not to know their language, or perhaps to feign ignorance of their tongue. The past few weeks have been most interesting and revealing. Perhaps I had thought wrong that we have moved forward.

Well done NBFIRA, there is hope that pensioners could still get back their money…...

30 Jul 2018

On Friday the Court of Appeal rightfully sanctioned the appointment of Peter Collins as Statutory Manager of Capital Management Botswana (CMB).

For the sake of those who might not be familiar with it, CMB is an asset management firm that has been battling out with the Non Banking Financial Institutions Regulatory Authority (NBFIRA) in courts of law over control of millions of Pulas.

Cabinet revolt against Masisi is a pushback against his crusade to fight corruption

30 Jul 2018

Introducing the Declaration of Assets Law has become a source of immense pride for President Mokgweetsi Masisi.

Apparently no guest leaves the president’s office without being treated to a long lecture on the impending law.

Any ex that is troublesome and cannot let go of the past ought to be banished for the sake of the new order!

30 Jul 2018

For decades, Botswana has been heralded as a beacon of democracy in the African continent that is synonymous with the ideology of savage despotism. Consequent to this laudatory caption, Botswana has been, wittingly or unwittingly, promoting democracy as the best form of government. This is in spite that democracy imposes some difficult demands on society that seeks to abide by its norms.

Masiresque Masisi

26 Jul 2018

Quett Masire was born on July 23, 1925. If he were alive he would have turned 93 years of age on Monday. President Mokgweetsi Masisi was born in July too, July 21, 1961 to be exact. He turned 57 last Saturday. Though both presidents were born on the same month, if you believe in the stars, their birthdays make Masisi a Cancer and Masire a Leo.

Former President Khama needs psychiatric counseling

22 Jul 2018

The topical issue really is the crisis besieging the Umbrella for Democratic Change.

Surprisingly, nobody seems to want to address directly that which ironically is the centre of the crisis; the legitimacy of the Botswana Congress Party membership of the UDC.

Unless this matter is honestly addressed, the UDC will continue to slide down the abyss.

What the hell do ‘election observers’ do?

22 Jul 2018

As is usual when something is happening in Africa, nations outside our realm send their own people as “observers” in what they say is a mission to record what is going on in the target country.

There are thousands of such missions currently in Zimbabwe to observe the elections of July 30th.

Internal conflicts, a cause for nightmare and disaster in Botswana politics

22 Jul 2018

Perhaps it is happening elsewhere, but for sure it is an integral part of Botswana politics today. The internal wrangling  in political organisations is the cause for nightmare and disaster that have besieged political parties in Botswana.

Without a decisive leadership, UDC future is bleak

22 Jul 2018

Whilst parties wishing to have a major stake in the upcoming General Elections in October 2019 are busy sweet talking voters into choosing them as future government, the Umbrella for Democratic Change, my party, seems to be in no hurry to do so.

UDC leader flying too close to the sun

16 Jul 2018

The Umbrella for Democratic Change seems to be in a bind – going nowhere.

History shows that every time attempts at opposition coalition collapse in Botswana, progress in opposition politics is set back by no less than twenty years.

The same history also shows that attempts at renewing such coalition later is much harder than it was the previous times.

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