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Ntuane Vs Pabalinga; a case of two bald men fighting over a comb

24 Jan 2016

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.

The opposition collective must immediately re-brand as a government-in-waiting!

24 Jan 2016

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.

New Year: Let’s do away with mediocrity, docility and stupidity

21 Jan 2016

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.

Masisi must start thinking big to prove he is undisputable heir to the throne!

18 Jan 2016

Exactly a week ago we learnt a great deal more about the weaknesses of vice president Mokgweetsi Masisi – the man who by all accounts is a heartbeat away from becoming State President of the republic.

 

Looming drought; a call for more imaginative intervention

18 Jan 2016

All signals now point to the fact that like many other countries in the sub-continent, Botswana is on the throws of what could be the worst and most devastating drought in over 30 years.

 

When caricature displaces the truth: Kgosi Kgafela and the politics of contestation

18 Jan 2016

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.

Zimbabwe opposition parties are an embarrassment

18 Jan 2016

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.

Untapped Opportunities in tourism

14 Jan 2016

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.

BCP disowns Rakgare

14 Jan 2016

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.

Rakgare’s Personal Capacity: 

Alcohol Levy is a glaring testimony of Khama’s failed economic policies

11 Jan 2016

If there is any policy position that has been discomfiting and difficult to justify for the Government of Botswana, it has to be the Alcohol Levy.

 

Eight years after the policy was introduced, not a single official in Government other than President Ian Khama wants to be associated with it.

 

Even spin doctors have long stopped trying to justify it.

 

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