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Botswana needs to be defended against its growing list of enemies.
Many of these enemies are home based, in politics and working in cahoots with their foreign masters.
A common thread among them is an ever growing disloyalty to the country.
If they are allowed to have their way, their agenda will in future have immense ramifications for Botswana.
History teaches us that with time, people start to take what they have achieved for granted.
As time goes on, memories of those achievements start to fade and with that people’s ardently held fears, especially of failure start to go away.
And then they start to want to experiment with new things.
Botswana is at those levels.
The country and its people, will in future be unable to make plans for their own future, they will have their views and opinions stifled and most importantly their public life will be determined and decided outside the borders of their country.
It is called state capture.
Under such a system it is the business leaders that run the show.
An unholy trinity between business, politics and money is in the offing.
Batswana, it is evident are fast losing faith in their long held belief that in politics, character does matter.
On the other side our politicians’ love for money portray an image of a Botswana that is on the market, ready for sale.
This is what is currently brewing up. And the undercurrents are strong enough to be missed.
Our politics have been infiltrated and in some instances hijacked by scoundrels.
These scoundrels are actively recruiting international mafia to our shores.
They are setting the country up for a takeover.
The Mafioso will arrive here not as guests, but as sponsors and ultimately underwriters of our politics.
These international wheeler-dealers are being put through the paces to capture our country.
The fault lines are clear. And it looks like it will be an easy shoo-in.
State capture means more than just the seizure of state institutions.
When it happens here it would pave way for institutionalized large scale corruption where our political leaders like the institutions they lead would literally become piccaninnies.
We should as a country never allow our elected political office bearers to fall under the mercy and grace of business people; especially non-indigenous business people who we know have no interest of this country at heart.
Meetings are already being held outside the country – not for the benefit of Botswana and her people – but rather to plan a path towards muzzling and usurping these institutions.
The institutions of democracy, whose functions are to abet the rule of law would be replaced by a powerful vertical power, controlled a few local cronies who are themselves subservient to international power brokers who are themselves against the rule of law and in support of their own power over the state.
State capture eats and erodes the dynamism of the economy.
It undermines competition and kills proper decision making.
It blurs the lines between commerce and politics.
Under such a system, politics ultimately owe its upkeep to those in business.
It is a social order based on a large scale deceit and fraud.
Just how a small economy such as Botswana’s can withstand such a virulent and rapacious system beggars belief!
Next door in South Africa, that system almost brought a more sophisticated economy on its knees.
In South Africa ministers were appointed based on how amenable they were to the nefarious and evil intentions of the benefactors of state capture.
Businesses literally dictated to power.
The overall upshot of it would be increasing belligerence, bellicose and growing posturing on the part of so-called political leaders as a way of diverting attention away from true issues.
South Africa is today still to assess the true effects of state capture – on its economy, but also on its institutions.
State capture in South Africa lasted less than ten years, but it will take much longer to reverse and ultimately undo those effects.
To maintain Botswana’s current order, there has to be sacrifices – especially by the elite and the ruling class.
It is a delicate balance.
For Botswana’s current system to survive there is need for a shared system of values and identity.
Those are for now under threat – attacked by inequality, unemployment and lifestyle disparities between the rich and the poor.
As a general rule, there has been a groundswell of anti-establishment air sweeping across the country, and for a while. It is now gaining both steam and pace.
Many of our people feel like strangers in their own country. They are unable to identify with the prosperity they often hear blindly recited by government officials in their ritual economic speeches.
In the absence of any meaningful corrections to their lives, many Batswana will fall victim to snake oil salesmen calling themselves politicians – and ongoing popular resentment and popular discontent could win the day - with grave ramifications.
The deep seated anger and far reaching frustration among our people should neither be miscalculated nor understated. It is real.
There is a burning desire for change.
That change, if not orderly could mean anything but the Botswana Democratic Party.
Also not to be underestimated is the opposition resolve to win state power.
This puts Botswana in a class of its own – in both its vulnerabilities, but also in its existing chances to dodge the bullet.
We the people still have the power to avert a crisis.
But that power will not be with us for long.