There are two things that we are agreed upon; two things that have gained national universal agreement: first we want to choose our leaders and second, we don’t want anybody to rule us forever. This is because as our constitution states “Botswana is a sovereign Republic” and not a monarchy.
Some three years ago, July 2012 to be precise, I sat down with Kgosi Maruje III Masunga for an interview that was published in the Sunday Standard. I asked him to explain the role, the relevance and the importance of a Kgosi in the society. He described a Kgosi as someone who should instil the spirit of oneness amongst his subjects.
I have so far written a couple of columns on the subject of names and many have wondered if there is a formal study of names in academia. And the answer is yes. The study of names is known as Onomastics. The word, like many others, is of Greek etymology. It is traced to the Greek word onomastikos meaning of naming. The study of names is also known as onomatology, the study of names.
A several century-long standard practice and rule of thumb is that, of the dead say nothing unless it is kind or do not speak ill of the dead. As a result, obituaries are sugar-coated to present the dead as latter-day nobilities or world famous rain makers whose death somewhat marks the end of a better world.
It is very important to note that contrary to many believes and perceptions that exists one of health promotion’s major contributions has been its discursive challenge to biomedical and even behavioural models of health and illness. The concept of social determinants of health is now widely accepted by health authorities in many parts of the world.
To think when we grew up we believed very unbelievable stories, among them the myth that Ian Khama could turn himself into a fly and that he was an extra ordinary soldier in that it was said when enemies tried to shoot at him their guns would release water instead of bullets. How stupid of us to have bought into such nonsense.
Anyone living in Gaborone can see that traffic congestion is a growing problem. Transport within Gaborone is a major issue and whether you are on the road or public transport, neither seems to be improving. Due to globalisation, traffic congestion has become a major source of frustration for road users in Botswana and is likely to worsen over time as towns become busier.
In my last instalment, I made a promise to desist from dwelling on negative issues, which have come to characterise modern day Botswana. I took this well-defined position on a realisation that focusing more on negatives was never going to help the situation that has come to define the lived experience of many of our people. That pronouncement was also self serving.
This column amongst many, that deals with the matter of bogosi in Botswana. In these columns I will attempt to contribute to the broader ongoing debate on the position of bogosi in the modern democratic dispensation. I would attempt to grapple with the question of whether the kgosi deserves greater powers than he already has.