Opinions

Given the magnitude of grand corruption in Botswana, President Dr Masisi must seek international assistance from the Stolen Asset Recovery (StAR) initiative!

20 May 2019

Over the years, Batswana have been left flustered and bewildered by the train of newspaper reports about high levels of corruption in the economy. Surprisingly, incidences of corruption run parallel to government efforts to combat the same implying that corruption threatens to destroy the Botswana economy, sooner than later.    

A response to public responses

20 May 2019

By Kwapeng Modikwe

My small notes to the Minister of Foreign Affairs

20 May 2019

By Richard Moleofe

Wake me up in the middle of the night and quiz me on anything regarding the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and I will jump out of bed and get a good score. From my primary school days in the early 1970s, I surely recall a lot of things that have been business for this ministry.

By consorting with Khama, the UDC is sailing too close to the winds

13 May 2019

An era of conviction politicians, it would seem has now left us.

In its place have come politicians driven by expediency and convenience.

When everything is based on convenience, the first victim is often the truth.

That is consciousness with which we must approach the fast approaching election season.

The outlawing of Zimbabwe’s majority

13 May 2019

A few days ago, a judge in Zimbabwe issued a judgement saying that the leader of the main opposition in Zimbabwe, Mr. Nelson Chamisa, who many believe defeated current president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, in the last presidential elections were it not of the age-old election tempering, is illegally occupying the leadership of the largest and most popular opposition party.

Air Botswana schedule inconsistencies killing travel in and out of Botswana

13 May 2019

It is no longer a laughing matter. Something has to be done to save Air Botswana, including from itself.

The airline is giving the country a bad name and in the process making itself and the country a laughing stock.

The airline still keeps a schedule, but does not follow it.

This is causing travelers untold emotional misery, inconvenience and also money.

Understanding Khama’s Frustrations

13 May 2019

By Richard Moleofe

Following the big meeting in the Serowe kgotla last week Saturday, I have come to fully comprehend Khama’s frustrations. The feud between Khama and Masisi is not the source of the former president’s problems. The underlying problem is with power.

Masisi should be careful not to succumb to fatalism

08 May 2019

There is a big paradox that President Mokgweetsi Masisi has to contend with.

The country, and increasingly his party too, need a new sense of optimism.

That can only come if the economy is working, and doing so for everybody.

The military versus people’s power

08 May 2019

By Richard Moleofe

Years ago I made some commentary in the newspaper regarding the Arab Spring and in particular its effects in Egypt. This commentary was considered controversial as I sought to justify the taking over of government by the military headed by General Morsi.

Is BPOPF transparent enough given its size and potential risk to the overall economy?

08 May 2019

The amount of money lost by BPOPF (Botswana Public Officers Pension Fund) over the last few years should make us as a nation to pause, introspect and start and a national debate over the future of this exceedingly important national asset.

BPOPF needs to become more ambitious in reforming itself.

Otherwise it will have to face extinction.

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