Dumela Tautona! Firstly, congratulations on your ascension to the highest executive office in the land where it appears you are riding an amazing crest of public confidence. It all seems refreshing but I imagine that your main concern is not the public confidence; your main concern is the reality that remains once the confidence fizzles out.
Death was not common when I was growing up. Nowadays, death is ‘wantonly trending’. Years used to slip by without death stinging someone close and when it did; there were utter silence and solemnness. To be precise, five years after I was born, Ra Sahelo (properly spelt Seagelo) “went to the mines” as many men those days did. They worked at the Western Deep Level in the gold mine of Gauteng.
The campaigns for the 2009 general elections by various political parties were full of drama, with the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) numero-uno and the country’s former president, Lt General Ian Khama branded himself ‘Lepako.
Much has been said in recent days about how His Excellency the President Mr. Mokgweetsi EK Masisi’s push to be a “jobs President” is being stymied by some unbecoming mysterious forces. Be that as it may, it seems extraordinary that all of a sudden there are new jobs galore in the civil service given the 7,500 figure that was recently bandied about.
Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa has just returned from yet another overseas jaunt, this time Qatar, where we are told he signed “many many deals” with both the Qatari government and business leaders.
Critics have never stopped characterizing Dr Khama’s presidency as a textbook of the triumph of loyalty over merit. They argued that Dr Khama placed the highest value on an individual’s absolute loyalty rather than qualifications or competencies. In any case quality, like beauty, is in the eyes of the beholder.
By progressives I am not only talking about members nor activists of the Alliance for Progressives. I am talking about each and every citizen who believes and stands for justice, the truth, good governance, democracy and anti-corruption. That is all that being a progressive stands for and that is what Gomolemo Motswaledi stood for.