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President Khama is right; this country needs God!

15 Nov 2015

Dramatic as it may have all seemed to be, don’t read too much into what happened in Parliament on Thursday when there was primary school-like confusion as to who the candidate of Specially Elected Member of Parliament really was.

 

The real story had long played itself outside of the Parliament floor.

 

Botswana’s alcohol levy under the radar: do we have policy options regarding unrecorded alcohol Mr. President?

15 Nov 2015

“As at September 2015, a cumulative total of P1, 867,586,562 has been collected from the alcohol levy. A 2012 evaluation of the impact of our alcohol reduction campaign interventions indicated that there was a reduction in alcohol consumption from 8 liters per capita to 7 liters”, President of the Republic of Botswana, LT. GEN. SERETSE KHAMA IAN KHAMA.  

President Khama is holding Botswana hostage!

15 Nov 2015

From his dubious joke that he intends to re-join the Botswana Defence Force once his last term comes to an end, to widespread fears that he may push for a constitutional review to enable him to seek a third term as State President, Seretse Khama Ian Khama is literally holding Botswana hostage.

Mainstream Islam needed to defeat extremism

15 Nov 2015

Events at Paris on Friday once again remind us of the callousness with which a few people can blight what is an otherwise peaceful religion followed and practiced by more than a billion people worldwide.

 

On Friday, in what was clearly a spate coordinated attacks, more than a hundred innocent people lost their lives when gunmen loyal to ISIS went on a killing spree.

 

Botswana’s problem is not money. It is the brains

11 Nov 2015

I mean, I just don’t get the logic behind applauding a guy who squashes the money that was earmarked for his children’s school fees on beer and girls and thereafter runs to the bank to collect his savings to fill up for his irresponsible spending.

The difference between setho & botho

11 Nov 2015

This article is motivated by a question recently received from my former boss, Prof Frank Youngman. The question was: “What is the difference between botho and setho?” One way of answering the question is to consult a dictionary.

There is need for more clarification on the future of NACA

11 Nov 2015

In the last two weeks, there have been reports that government intends shutting down the National AIDS Coordinating Agency (NACA).

NACA was established by Government at the height of Botswana’s fight against the scourge of HIV/AIDS.

That was the time when the country faced possible annihilation from the virus.

How did we arrive here?

11 Nov 2015

Confusion seems to be the order of the day lately in Botswana. In radios, for example, the talk is all about go rola kepese or go rwala kepese! A friend of mine wanted to know exactly what the whole noise around go rola kepese/rwala kepesewas all about, and my response was somewhat unhelpful for him.

Blame Africa for the tragedy in Zimbabwe

08 Nov 2015

We all have our own heroes who we admire for reasons different from what inspires our fellow compatriots.

What other people call freedom fighters are known as terrorists in other quarters. Those labelled extremists in other countries are viewed as nationalists by others.

A bird’s eye view of key names that will dominate the race to succession

01 Nov 2015

Differences are already creeping in over whether or not the current Vice President, Mokgweetsi is really the right man to succeed Ian Khama as Head of State.

There is as yet no consensus - not even among the small circle of key figures whose views will ultimately matter most when the succession question is eventually decided.

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