A sluggish national economy, uncertain world economy and a restive ruling party were always going to hinder a smooth landing for a President who is just coming in and still struggling to find a correct footing.
But President Mokgweetsi Masisi needs to be bold in his decisions.
By now, the whole world knows about the atrocities committed by the Zimbabwe National Army and the Zimbabwe Republic Police against unarmed civilians who were excising their rights to protest the failures of their government.
Everyone knows about Zimbabwe’s failed economy and the hardships people are facing without a national currency.
One of the most bizarre things South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said in his state of the nation address during the opening of parliament on the 10th of February 2019 is that South Africa has granted prospecting rights to a French company Total for the exploration of oil off the coast of South Africa. He said it without batting an eyelid.
Since we have little or nothing to show for our military spending over the years, what is the next step we need to follow going forward? This question arises from the litany of failures regarding our spending as opposed to what we have in the Botswana Defence Force arsenal.
The study of names is known as onomastics. The study of the specific area of personal names is called Anthroponomastics while the study of place names is known as toponomastics. I have previously written on three Setswana names: Neo, Kabo and Mpho which semantically deal with something that is given. I am revisiting this discussion on Friday at a seminar at the University of Botswana.