The reports are still unsubstantiated. For now they remain as just rumours and how I pray they be just that. But then again, with the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) you can never say never. Domkrag has in the past done horrendous things that border on witchcraft, you can never dismiss reports that link them to acts only expected from Satanists.
We live in interesting times. Since the 2014 general elections there hasn’t been stability in the Botswana electoral space. We thought elections were done and dusted with, and that we would return to them in 2019. We had said bye to elections but we encountered them much earlier than initially anticipated! We were wrong.
The Boswelatlou ward by-election in the Lobatse constituency was concluded over the weekend and the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) emerged victorious by having its candidate beat the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) candidate by 183 votes to 165.
As has become a hobby for government to spring to President Khama’s defence even on obvious transgressions, the Office of the President recently went on over-drive mode to defend President Khama against accusations that he awarded to himself Naledi Ya Botswana (NYB) Order.
“The back biting, finger pointing and foul mouthing, that goes on in this country today is an indication of a society that is coming apart. We live in a time when jealousy of one another is going to self destruct our nation” General Ian Khama (Midweek Sun 5th July 1995:1).
Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-Pf, Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC-T and Welshman Ncube’s MDC, the three principals in the short-lived government of national unity a few years ago, are, once again, rumoured to be holding secret talks with a view to forming another Unity Government “to save the country’s economy”.
In this column I comment on the change to the power of bogosi. Centrally I argue that the powers of the kgosi have been eroded by multiple factors over a long period of time and largely through the cooperation of the dikgosi themselves. I contend that much of the power of dikgosi rested on the ownership of land by merafe, whose power was vested in the kgosi.