Let us just admit on the onset dear reader, that there are those who when they see this title heading, bite their lips and throw tantrums. It is one of those controversial topics that evokes high mercurial temperature from both protagonists and antagonists.
When former president Dr Khama publicly endorsed his then Vice President Mr Masisi for the Chairmanship of the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) thus effectively declaring Mr Masisi as his heir apparent, it was widely feared that the chosen one, a self-confessed bootlicker, would be a happy loyal puppet of Dr Khama.
‘Circumcision is not the sole art of removing the skin from the penis’, it is an integral part of the initiation programme. ‘Go tenola boraka jwa ga tshumo ga se gone gotlhe’. A participant graduates because he has gone through all the required stages of the course.
As the international community, once again, casts its eyes towards Zimbabwe, with exploitative longing of its people and its riches in mind, Zimbabweans remain skeptical of its bumbling political leaders and worry about the implied benevolence of foreign financial suitors who are flooding into the country from every corner of the globe.
Writing in his book ‘Presidential Power and the Modern President: The Politics of Leadership from Roosevelt to Reagan’, renowned presidency scholar Richard Neustadt states that regardless of prior training, nothing prepares the individual for all the facets of the position of state president.