20-01-2008 - The Watchdog
The manner with which the ruling BDP has held on to power, for forty years plus, can only be described as both dazzling and mesmerizing, so much so that even the sworn enemies have, at different stages, been privately conceding that, for the sake of all of us, the BDP machine has to run on and on.
During those years, a few things have stood the test of time - the ruthless techniques used to disparage...
20-01-2008 - Tanonoka Joseph Whande
This summit is a summit of equals,” said Portuguese Prime Minister, Jose Socrates, on December 8, 2007. “We are equals in our human dignity…but also equal in terms of political responsibility.”
The Portuguese were courting African presidents who know neither equality nor human dignity. No African president that I know of knows much about ‘political responsibility.’
Socrates made this moronic...
20-01-2008 - Sunday Standard Commentary
That there is need for more innovative ways of finding a lasting solution to land shortage in Gaborone is no longer in dispute.
Land shortage in Gaborone has created a litany of problems.
It has created all sorts of chancers who pass for investors and business people while in actual fact they are literally robbing the unsuspecting and desperate public who need a small plot on which to build a...
20-01-2008 - Log Raditlhokwa
Owing to institutionalised self-esteem crisis, mentally confused Africans get trapped in their “laager mentality” as and when they’re asked to see themselves in the mirror, and eliminate their disabling limitations. Instead of engaging in dramatic self-correction, they desperately destroy the mirror and irresponsibly commit self-deceit. Former Ghanaian president Jerry Rawlings has earnestly urged them...
20-01-2008 - Loose Canon
Football fever is upon us again. Starting this week, our eyes will be glued to the television as the game of billions takes centre stage in Ghana to find the best team on the continent.
The local team has bombed out. Quite contrary to the conviction of its boisterous supporters, the chaps are just not good enough. They will never qualify for anything, let alone win any international competition....
15-01-2008 - Stephanie Hanson
Botswana is an upper middle-income country touted as one of Africa’s few success stories. The diamond-rich country enjoys stable economic growth, consistently ranks near the top of international anticorruption measures, and remains untouched by the political instability that has roiled so many African nations. But daily life in Botswana reveals a more complicated picture: The cost of food and fuel...
15-01-2008 - The Watchdog
It is now public information that things are looking pretty grim for Louis Nchindo.
The former Debswana Managing Director faces a criminal court case that, if convicted, would inevitably lead to his financial ruin, public humiliation, ostracism and social ridicule.
I have no wish to prejudge the case, let alone preempt the evidence likely to come before the courts.
While Louis Nchindo was not...
15-01-2008 - Kenneth Dipholo
Not so long ago politics carried the risk of being murdered by agents of the apartheid regime for simply being sympathetic to the struggle for freedom.
It carried the risks of being tortured for having a relative who was enlightened about civil and political rights.
It carried the cost of being imprisoned for daring to make a valid demand for equal recognition of races. In less aggressive ways,...
15-01-2008 - Sipho Showa
Ahem…I have heard it said that if a chap keeps stubble he either fancies himself a dude and therefore wants to impress the fairer lot or he is simply an unpleasant chap who cares little about his looks but more for his swashbuckling attitude.
I tend to equate some members of the press with the latter. Caring less about their physical appearance and professional integrity, they are, to me, irresponsibly...
15-01-2008 - Loose Canon
It’s good to be back after eating Christmas. I must say many of us had a lovely festive season. I just don’t know what life would be like without the festive season. It is the highlight of the year because it gives us the opportunity to indulge, make merry and generally celebrate another year of being alive. Of course, not everybody has emerged unscathed. Some, in their merriment, went overboard...
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