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BCP Councilor in Old Naledi eases fears of defection

02 Sep 2015

Botswana Congress Party’s solitary councilor in Old Naledi says he remains a loyal, committed and devoted member of the BCP.

There has recently been a groundswell of gossip that Mathata Mosekwa is about to defect from the BCP.

Questions over Mosekwa’s loyalty come in the wake of many troubles bedeviling his party which have prompted defections.

Goodbye Botswana. Hello state of confusion!

02 Sep 2015

I would like to begin this instalment by offering a disclaimer. Those who follow my column would agree that I never use uncouth language. I think time for diplomacy has run out. We are entering a new era in which tough questions should be asked. In the process of seeking answers, obviously, some would feel offended.

Council, residents to blame for indiscriminate dumping of waste

02 Sep 2015

The illegal and haphazard dumping of waste has become a common sight in Gaborone. This is a depressing reality which retards progress and all the various ways people can work toward making their environment cleaner.

The Kgosi Chronicles Part Two: We don’t need Ntlo ya Dikgosi

02 Sep 2015

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.

Current water and power cuts are symptoms of our corrupt system!

26 Aug 2015

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.

Patriotism must remain above partisan politics

26 Aug 2015

There are times when the sense of reckless entitlement among corporate heads of quasi-governmental institutions prompts ordinary citizens to ask for the fundamental re-definition of patriotism.

Dikgosi are basically saying “voetsek ” to BDP

26 Aug 2015

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.

How do you name a place Ragoleajewa or Tonkieasotega?

26 Aug 2015

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.

Zero marks to the judiciary

23 Aug 2015

Over the past decade it has been absolutely necessary for this  column to defend and take sides with the judiciary.

 

During that time, we deemed irrefutable that the judiciary had to be cushioned against the encroaching politicization and sometimes not so subtle attacks from the executive.

 

Why do people speak all manner of good things and grieve when a bad person dies?

23 Aug 2015

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.

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