It is probably one of the worst insults that one man can lay upon another. It is to call them a dog; ntša in our tongue. It is also a sign of great poverty to be labelled as one who eats a dog. Eating a dog is the lowest level of poverty. It is the mark of the worst kind of human depravity. And yet that is the imagery that is conjured by our people to mean one who is extremely poor.
I feel sorry for Vice President Mokgweetsi Masisi. He finds himself on the horns of a dilemma. The end of President Khama’s tenure in office is fast approaching and already Masisi finds himself having to warm up the nation to his take over. He has to tell the nation why his arrival is worth looking forward to.
The voter should sit back, watch and enjoy themselves. It is indeed their time. For once they are the ones in charge. They are running the show. Never before in our history has a voter’s attention been courted and sought so intensely when elections are still so far away down the line.
Often when I hang out with my friends Botsalo and Fidelis we would reminisce about the 2009 Hansa Pilsener television advert and laugh hard at the main character in the advert, a guy called Vuyo. We just love the advert. It is as hilarious as it is inspiring.
33.4% of the students who wrote the Form three examinations have passed, which means they have got a C or a better mark. 66.6% have failed, which means they have got D or worse. Now this is what happens every year. Every year the results get worse. Every year the blame game begins. Sometimes it takes on sheer comedy.
Fish Pabalinga tells us that if there is any tussle for power between him and Botsalo Ntuane, people have to accept it as such and learn to live with it because as Chairman of the Publicity Sub-Committee of the ruling Botswana Democratic Party he derives his powers directly from the President, who he says is afterall the party chief spokesperson.
For many years Botswana opposition parties have never disappointed in marginalizing themselves through fragmentation and fighting each other on the eve of general elections. A combination of immaturity, lack of seriousness and lack of resources for serious campaigns meant that the opposition parties never really presented themselves as serious contender for state power.
Dear reader, compliments of the new year. Amazing how time flies. Can’t believe we’re in 2016 already. It feels like just yesterday when we broke off for festive season. I must admit, I’m still on holiday mood and not so ready to engage in serious issues. Actually I’m still on holiday.