For how long do we intend to remain a “Hand to Mouth” Nation...?

15 Oct 2018

Until recent years, Botswana has been exceptional among the African nations in so many ways. The country has perhaps merited the most admiration globally for its unique ability to direct revenue from minerals towards development and economic advancement during its early years of independence, or rather soon after discovery of minerals more especially diamonds.

Masisi’s open society should be backed by action; or there will be revolt

14 Oct 2018

A few days before Independence Day celebrations we attended a National Democracy Symposium organized by the Office of the President and also the University of Botswana.

Cabinet ministers, senior government officials and also non government officials attended.

Vice president Slumber Tsogwane, who was acting president at the time officiated.

Gov’t should be more transparent on true costs of financing its debt

14 Oct 2018

There is need for reform on how government manages and reports on its debt; both local and international.

Given Africa’s booming indebtedness, it is important for Botswana to embrace reforms that would once again see the country escape a trap that has  previously been the source of so much misery for other African countries.

Lest we forget, here is what is at stake – what everybody is playing for!

07 Oct 2018

For Botswana it was a magical era – repeated year after, non-stop, until one day Ian Khama arrived on scene.

The year was 2008.

Khama’s arrival brought a long running golden age to an abrupt end.

To be fair to him, he was not all to blame. But he played an oversized big part in it all.

An unstuck BTO should be audited to ensure corporate governance

07 Oct 2018

There are pressing and disturbing events happening at Botswana Tourism organization.

While there will be less consensus on many of these events, it is our hope that at least such consensus can be found on the fact that BTO has lost direction.

Where will the money come from? Alternative mechanisms to HIV donor

07 Oct 2018

Former President Ian Khama, noted in his speech at the commemoration of the World HIV/AIDS Day in Moshupa 2011, that Botswana was experiencing financial shocks as a result of having had to shift her policy agenda and focus more on trying to achieve zero levels of HIV and AIDS.

Thanks God Batswana have been saved from another instalment of bloody rhetoric!!

07 Oct 2018

Perhaps alarmed by the unusually highly charged rhetoric and brash language of Mr Donald Trump, Michael Wolff, the author of ‘Fire and Fury: inside the Trump White House’, questioned the president’s mental state.

If the DIS want more power they must be prepared to give some power away

02 Oct 2018

The Directorate of Intelligence Services was created to be one of the institutions defending our freedoms and our democracy – a force for good.

Yet it ended up as unabashed threat, not just to those freedoms but to our very existence.

True to the fears of those who were violently against its creation, the DIS ended up being an immensely disruptive and divisive monster.

Thank you for the speech, Mr Khama

02 Oct 2018

After sidelining media outlets from their home countries in farvor of CNN, CBS, BBC, Bloomberg and other American and international media outlets during the United Nations General Assembly in New York, African presidents,except for one or two, and their large entourages are back on home soil where they are now available to local media.

Masisi’s diplomatic blitz abroad should restore Botswana’s conventional foreign policy

27 Sep 2018

It is now just over six months since Mokgweetsi Masisi ascended the highest office, and already he has visited about a dozen countries, many of them in southern Africa that are also SADC members.