Disgruntled shebeen owners promise revenge at the polls
by John Regonamanye
Angered by the recent traditional beer regulations, shebeen owners and unemployed youths are promising to take their revenge at the next general elections.
On July 1st, the government implemented the long awaited new traditional beer regulations, targeting the popular Chibuku, a local traditional brew.
“Ntuane betrayed us. These people will have to learn we mean business when we demand they put our business and interests before theirs,” said shebeen owner, Otsile Mathumo, a Gaborone West resident who says their only hope is pinned on the survival of opposition coalition.
“Right now they are talking about Chibuku depots when, in fact, they know there are no such facilities around to rent. Worse still we do not have the monies to rent,” she noted.
Although she has never voted in her life, Kgomotso Odireleng swears she will take her revenge against what she calls an uncaring government in the forthcoming elections.
“We have had enough,” the unemployed Odireleng said.
Walking the streets of Gaborone West, Bontleng and Old Naledi, few revelers could be seen in at what used to be hotspots in the areas.
Old Naledi councilor, Oabile Mafunga, concurs with the voters, saying the BDP was running out of ideas.
“We in Old Naledi it is business as usual. The selling of Chibuku is the livelihood of the residents even the police never dare to intervene since implementation,” the BMD councilor said, adding that this time around the residents of Old Naledi will not be fooled by President Khama’s posturing of riding a bicycle around Old Naledi in search of votes.