Opinions

The “dirty money” tag undermines efforts to attract investors

08 Apr 2019

Regardless of what we might think as a people and a country, the world seems to have reached a near consensus that we are the home of money laundering – a world launderette of dirty money.

This is a very serious tag.

It goes against all that we stand for as a people.

The BDP must disown former President Dr Khama in order to redeem itself from the holy mess it created!

08 Apr 2019

The Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) introduced him into politics allegedly against his will; they parachuted him to the state presidency without having to sweat it out with others; they forced him down our throats without much resistance mainly because of royalty; they supported and defended him religiously; they give him the aura of a distinctively unmatched president and for 20 years Ian Kham

Zimbabweans are making Botswana a banana republic

08 Apr 2019

By Richard Moleofe

Last week the Chairman of the Mogoditshane/Thamaga Sub-District Council told a harrowing story overRadio Botswana on how one family in Tsorogwane Lands near Kumakwane was attacked by Zimbabweans like a pack of wolves.

The nation needs to move past Kang; and fast

01 Apr 2019

It’s Kang or nothing, we are being told.

The question though is what’s next after Kang?

Kang, a tiny, dusty and sleepy village in the southern tip of the Kgalagadi has become synonymous to an albatross hanging around the neck of a nation.

In the overall scheme of things, except for its overly proud people, Kang as a place really has no claim to fame.

Surnames are personal; totems are national

01 Apr 2019

For Zimbabwe’s rulers, Tropical Cyclone Idai is the best thing that has yet happened to them since they wrestled power from Robert Mugabe.

The cyclone unwittingly directed international attention and sympathy on the devasted people of Zimbabwe whose leaders were only too glad to stand up in the glare of worldwide media in mock helplessness.

Ian Khama: The man, the myth and all the sacrifices

01 Apr 2019

The Voice newspaper of the 25th January 2019 carried an interview with former President Ian Khama in which he told its correspondent, one Sharon Mathala,  that politics was never his chosen career path, that he had chosen another life for himself after the BDF and that he had personally sacrificed a lot to rule this country.

There is need for new entrants in the country’s fibre network space

01 Apr 2019

Statistics show that Bofinet, the country’s leading fibre network provider and its existing competitors still have a lot of ground left to cover before the country can be anywhere near to being fully connected to internet.

And that is not all.

The Dawn of an Era in Botswana

01 Apr 2019

By Shirley Segokgo

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.

And he will be called Mokgweetsi (Driver), Eric (Ruler), Keabetswe(it is given to me), Masisi (Meticulous, Circumspect).

Of the greatness his government and peace there will be no end.

Masisi should do more for ex-soldiers

01 Apr 2019

By Richard Moleofe

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.

Staring down the barrel; Why Botswana can’t afford two centres of power

25 Mar 2019

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.

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