For a few months now, since his inauguration, President Masisi has been under sustained attack from all fronts. He has faced fierce attack from some in the BDP itself, some in the opposition block and most recently from a select brigade of journalists. I have been impressed by his fortitude of character and composure in the midst of such unwarranted assault on him.
In Botswana it is not inevitable that a vice president will have a significant say in the policy direction of government.
Unless a vice president ultimate rises to become a president, there is enough evidence in Botswana to show that every time epochal history is written of any presidency, a vice president of that epoch never goes beyond being anything other than a footnote.
There was just one item I was looking for in the president’s speech on the State of the Nation Address, that is the issue of food security. That was the only single item I was searching for throughout the address. To many’s dismay the president has dedicated very little attention to the issue of food production.
Check your facts. Read your story aloud. Pass it to a fellow colleague for feedback. If you ever sat in a journalism class, these instructions are too familiar. Or if you got introduced to report writing in your foundational English classes, there is no how you would not be taught to look out for these cardinal rules.
I write this column to clarify the misconception that seems to prevail more in the younger generation than the older one – the misconception is that bogadi is given to thank the bride’s family for raising their daughter. This is a weird supposition because nowhere in bogadi discussions or negotiations do you have anybody mentioning that they are delivering bogadi to thank the bride’s family.