In the past years retired soldiers never looked with any anticipation toward the beginning of any financial year. But the current president has brought in some glimmer of hope into the dark pit where these men remain at the moment.
The law is an ass, so wrote Charles Dickens in his novel Oliver Twist.
But then so too is democracy, he should have added.
One of the main reasons why Botswana’s democracy has successfully endured has to do with the fact while allowing for multiple political parties, and a dejure independent parliament, in effect there has been only one centre of power – the presidency.
They can yap, shout, scream, lie or hobnob with the powerful nations or showcase their connections with the underworld of organized criminality but surely the reasonable people of this gifted country are biding their time to take back their country from the jaws of pompous predators and take it on the right path towards justice and fair play.
Advocate Sydney Tshepiso Pilane once said “We have a monumental ego for President” (see Sunday Standard May 29 2011). Revisiting Pilane’s opinion piece, one can easily conclude that we now have a monumental ego for an ex-president.
The description of the disaster that has hit Mozambique and Zimbabwe is of unprecedented proportion. The effect of cyclone Idai has gone beyond the disaster of 2000 that hit Mozambique with such awesome force that it is still unforgetable.
The feud between the president and his predecessor is continuing and has been elevated yet to another level. The recent trip of the former president to India to meet up with the Dalai Lama has brought the matter of the feud to the fore in public discourse.