Honestly I never thought Sidney Pilane’s application for re-admission into the Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) would become such a hot potato. I took it very lightly. I had thought it was just going to be a simple matter of welcoming back a prodigal son. In fact, I had hoped Pilane would be received with open arms and jubilation.
The last few days has seen quite a lot of debate and commentary on the new kid on the block, “Economic Stimulus Programmes” following the announcement by the President of the Botswana Democratic Party’s (BDP) resolve to inject some stimulus into our seemingly ailing economy.
Political dynasties are always viewed with suspicion and rightly so.
Once in office or position of power, there is no telling to what lengths a ruler might go to short-circuit the wishes of the people and conceive a way for one’s own offspring or chosen favorite to take over after his demise.
This piece was triggered by Spencer Mogapi’s article in his Sunday Standard column, The Watchdog. Mogapi took a microscopic look at the possible contenders for the BDP’s presidential post after the departure of the incumbent, Ian Khama. He mentioned three possible aspirants, Jacob Nkate, Boyce Sebetela and Tshekedi Khama.
On October 16 I was fortunate to be at Tiger Kloof to witness the institution name five of its buildings after five former students who many years after leaving the institution have become legends. Two of the legends are deceased South African women: Aletha Tutu (The mother of Archbishop Desmond Tutu) and Dr. Ruth Mompati, one of the former leaders of the ANC.