There are many reasons why the Botswana landscape favours conventional media over online platforms. It cannot be denied that online media, especially Facebook and Tweeter are making inroads in how we receive our news updates. The power of online media rests in the instantaneous reporting of the happening as it unfolds before the reporter’s eyes.
Botswana has always been a frontrunner in democratic politics in Africa. This was until 2008 when a former Military General took over the reigns and started undermining Botswana’s status as the shining beacon in a troubled continent.
The Directorate of Intelligence and Security Services (DISS) has not escaped public scrutiny this week especially on social media that they stage-managed the arrest of the former spy chief, Isaac Kgosi.
Mindful of that sickening and irritating idiom “what goes around comes around”, I had hoped to start the New Year run with reduced despair, great expectations, the highest of hope and, of course, a wish for the world to be kinder to us.
I had hoped that not only Africa but the world would, by end 2018, have noticed that we cannot run away from ourselves anymore.