Mahatma Gandhi once said “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win”.
Even in self-imposed exile, Kgosi Kgolo Kgafela Kgafela II of the Bakgatla ba Kgafela tribe continues to make newspaper headlines here in Botswana and in South Africa where he resides. Kgafela Kgafela “The Great “is indeed a hero and an icon.
I have lost count of how many political parties we have in Zimbabwe but any day now, the country will play mid-wife to yet another new political party.
The speed at which Zimbabwe is churning out political parties has simply become laughable and this is all because of the current leadership void so evident in government, in the ruling party and in all opposition parties.
Two years ago I made a decision that I will travel to see different parts of Botswana every December. The principal idea is to educate myself about the country, its cultures and its people. However these first three years I am touring the country to see places first and see what they offer. I have held back the desire to study the languages and peoples of the different regions.
Botswana Congress Party (BCP) wishes to distance itself from the words and interview attributed to Youth League Leader Tumiso Chilliboy Rakgare in a weekend newspaper. Below is the official position of the BCP. Members of the BCP, the UDC and Batswana are all urged to disregard the interview altogether.
In 2009 when launching the family of banknotes currently in circulation, President Khama proclaimed that a country’s currency is a symbol of nationhood and identity. One therefore expects Batswana to have a natural affinity for their currency more especially that the Pula as Botswana’s currency remains one of the strongest currencies in Africa.
I remember myself as a juvenile at Segomotso Primary in Selibe Phikwe. I was a massive Gunners fan. Most of my contemporaries either followed Nico United, Copper Chiefs, Township Rollers or Gaborone United. I must admit it was a difficult class. The debates often resulted in fists. More often than not, I prevailed in debates because Gunners was winning the league and cups.
Botswana's middle class faces a critical moment in their existence. Days when the middle class used to wield both economic and political power are gone - probably for good. And they should start accepting that. The current administration has been openly hostile to the middle class while opposition has at best remained aloof - not trampling on them, but then not openly courting them either.
The print media in September 2015 was awash with an ad hominem response, by someone using the pseudonym Lieutenant Godfrey Letsholo against the Mmegi columnist Moleofe titled “Retired Chaplain Moleofe – You Know Nothing About BDF” (http://www.mmegi.bw/index.php?aid=54261).