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Sunday 26 April 2015 | 07:21 PM    

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Current water and electricity shortfalls: UDC recalls history

26-04-2015 - Moeti Mohwasa

The Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) is concerned about the uncertain water and power supply that has gripped the country. What has led to this problem is the failure on the part of the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) to invest timeously on these strategic sectors. Water and Electricity are important and critical both in our private lives and in the growth of the economy. They are basic inputs...


For all its fanciful pitch by government, GVS illustrates the death of our national soul

26-04-2015 - Sunday Standard Commentary

A few weeks ago, Botswana Government announced the introduction of what they called the Graduate Volunteer Scheme. The scheme, government says will revive the spirit of voluntarism among the young college and university graduates. There is nothing wrong promoting such virtues of voluntarism, self reliance and public service among our people. In fact such virtues should be promoted. But in doing so,...


Xenophobia resides inside Leaders

26-04-2015 - Rev Bishop Enole Ditsheko

How do you make sense that the world peoples converged on the campus of University of South Africa (UNISA) on March 30 and 31 under the banner of World Peace, yet high on the heels of this summit, we woke up to unprecedented acts of barbarism as what we have seen in the recent weeks? As one who participated at that summit where we earnestly believed world peace was and is attainable in our era, the...


A President is a nation’s custodian of safety and wellbeing

26-04-2015 - Tanonoka Joseph Whande

We, as humans, have evolved slowly to what we are now. And I do not mean in a biological or anthropological way. Nothing of the sort. Just in the way we have tried to make ourselves better as people. The things we have invented to make life more bearable, for example. The schools and presidential libraries we have erected not only to learn from but to harness past experiences so as to offer some insight...


Standoff over who has authority to appoint High court judges should be seen in light of scotched earth policy favoured by current leadership

26-04-2015 - The Watchdog

The ongoing standoff between the Law Society of Botswana on one hand and the Office of the President on the other, with the Judicial Services Commission gleaming shyly and somewhat listlessly in the middle hardly provides the finest hour of Botswana as an example of a true democracy. President Ian Khama insists it is him alone who has the final authority to appoint High Court judges. That authority,...


Where is Phandu when we need him the most?

23-04-2015 - Sonny Serite

The xenophobic attacks currently going on in South Africa must be condemned in the strongest terms possible. African leaders must express their dismay at the barbaric actions meted out on fellow Africans by these South African hooligans. African leaders must, for once, put aside diplomacy and condemn Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini for his irresponsible and reckless statements which, without a doubt,...


When siblings fight for the mother’s attention

23-04-2015 - DON-MARTIN WHANDE

The tragedy we regret is that which visits us uninvited. But xenophobia is a tragedy that we, ourselves, invite. We must introspect because we have done ourselves wrong. We are caught up in a “Catch 22” situation and that is a situation when, for example, “a desired outcome is impossible to attain because of a set of inherently contradictory rules or conditions”: to prosper, you need foreign expertise...


Botswana can draw lessons from SA xenophobic attacks

23-04-2015 - The Telegraph Commentary

Botswana has a lot to learn from the xenophobic violence currently sweeping across some parts of South Africa. Those attacks were without the slightest doubt caused an indelible blight on the international image of South Africa and it will be a long time before that country fully recovers from the after effects of those attacks. Given its importance in world geopolitics, South Africa will no doubt...


A weak party in power is the soft underbelly of its government; a case study of Kwelagobe’s annihilation

19-04-2015 - The Watchdog

The many difficult problems currently besieging the government of Botswana can very easily be traced to efforts put in place over the years that when looked as a whole ultimately contrived to ebb away the strengths for which the ruling Botswana Democratic Party had become famous for. All evidence shows that there is a direct correlation between the strength of the party in power and the ability of...


MPs should transform parliament into a freedom square-like campaign platform

19-04-2015 - Kenneth Dipholo

Parliamentary questions are a defining element in the operations of a responsible government. Constitutionally, government Ministers are obliged to take responsibility for their portfolios, answering to Parliament for the conduct of their Ministries and Departments. This practically means that government Ministers are obliged to appraise Parliament and the public about any action taken and not taken...



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