Columnists

De Beers has to show some generosity at the negotiating table

17 Dec 2018

Botswana Government and the global diamond mining company De Beers are about to enter into their latest round of negotiations.

For the two sides it should neither be an overwhelming or insurmountable task given that many such similar rounds of negotiations have been completed previously.

Former President Dr Khama’s behaviour is an embarrassment to the nation and mankind!

17 Dec 2018

After all of the hoops the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) government jumped through to accommodate former President Dr Khama’s executive afterlife that promised to be expensive and unique, reconfiguring existing laws to placate his endemic greed with generous, extravagant and Hollywood themed benefits, it is surprising that Dr Khama has returned the favour with some dubious and appalling behav

Democracy has defeated Feudalism

17 Dec 2018

The source of what would become Botswana’s groaning pains took place in the United Kingdom nearly 70 years ago. While the interracial liaisons were unheard of in the first half of the twentieth century, a son of the Gammangwato throne was enchanted by a white British bank clerk named Ruth Williams.

Is Prince Maele suffering from History amnesia?

09 Dec 2018

It has been almost a month since Member of Parliament Prince Maele shocked the nation by vowing to die for Ian Khama; a man he proudly called his paramount chief.

Barely anyone believes Maele meant what he said. This because he looked visibly ill at ease; rehearsed and uncomfortable too.

Once, can BDP faithful place Botswana first?

09 Dec 2018

“Thank you for your kind introduction. I am the fifth president of Botswana since independence, and indeed a beneficiary of the ‘succession plan’ entrenched in the country’s Constitution. But come October 2019 when the nation goes to the general elections – I will be on my own as they say.

The foundations upon which Botswana and South Africa were built are made of sand

09 Dec 2018

One wonders what people in South Africa and outside the borders of South Africa think about the laying of criminal charges by some politicians against other politicians - charges that don’t go anywhere because the police service and other law enforcement agencies, just like the rest of the civil service, are politicised.

Will Zimbabwe ever recover?

09 Dec 2018

At independence, Zimbabweans rejoiced at the demise of white colonial rule. They filled the streets in jubilation when Mugabe was sworn in.                                                                        

Finally, there was hope for the nation, for the people, for the country. Zimbabweans could concentrate on improving their lives and caring for their families.

An imagined or real dictatorship?

07 Dec 2018

By Kaelo Molefhe

Is the legitimacy of a BDP President valid without a physical election process?

07 Dec 2018

By Adam Phetlhe

Mr. President you have a country to run

07 Dec 2018

If you listened to a certain section of the media, you would think there was some kind of national crisis. You would assume that we have a constitutional crisis. We don’t! There is only one president and his name is His Excellency Dr. Eric Masisi. Fullstop. He has the full powers of a sitting President. Ga se motshwareledi.

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