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17 Jun 2019

Conservation of African wildlife: RICHARD FYNN, OLEKAE THAKADU AND JOSEPH MBAIWA on implementing scientific best practice for a sustainable future

10 Jun 2019

This is a trick question: what does former president Ian Khama see when he looks in the mirror? The answer is not a light-skinned, newly-minted pseudo-comrade with an Afro-hair but a dark-hued, much younger man with a buzz cut.

10 Jun 2019

BY MPHO KUHLMANN

07 Jun 2019

As speculation continues to swirl about whether or not former president Ian Khama will launch the candidacy of the Botswana National Front’s candidate in Boteti West, Sam Digwa, a senior party official in the constituency has come out to make the most definitive statement yet.

26 May 2019

BY MPHO KUHLMANN

In Botswana’s lexical vogue-o-meter, the spiritual phrase “I receive” is up there jostling for the pride of place alongside political slogans like “Moono” and “A e Jeke.”

26 May 2019

BY TLOTLO LEMMENYANE

In Botswana, “Howzit” which is slang for “how is life?” is so important it comes even before enquiries about the health of children. What would your answer be?

20 May 2019

As the battle for executive power between President Mokgweetsi Masisi and former President General Ian Khama escalates, the latter’s campaign has been cast in tribal terms. As the son of Founding President and abdicated Bangwato tribal leader, Sir Seretse Khama, Gen. Khama was installed as Paramount Chief in 1979 at a ceremony that the young Masisi says he attended.

13 May 2019

During a stop-over in South Africa on his way to India to meet the Dalai Lama, President Ian Khama told SABC television that his VIP protection had been withdrawn by the Botswana government to protest his controversial trip. Shortly thereafter, pictures of Khama accompanied by Botswana VIP Protection Officers in India appeared online.

08 May 2019

Whether he was a consummate democrat or not, Botswana’s founding president, Sir Seretse Khama, made a good first impression on people who constitute a significant voter block as well as on an equally significant number of their descendants.

08 May 2019

“No, no! is how the Umbrella for Democratic Change spokesman, Moeti Mohwasa, responds to a question on whether his party would be amenable to an electoral deal that immunises former President Ian Khama against prosecution for alleged corruption.

29 Apr 2019

BY TLOTLO LEMMENYANE

Zimbabwean billionaire Strive Masiyiwa’s first name means “make great efforts to achieve or obtain something”. And he is to the manner born.

The telecommunications magnate first came to Botswana in 1998 as a broke 37 year old ball of fire. His pair of shoes had seen better days, with the soles almost departing from the uppers.

22 Apr 2019

As an Industrial Court judgement by Justice Dawie De Villiers shows, any other employee would lose their job if they “persistently” absented themselves from work. An MP is not any other employee and for that reason, Tati East MP, Guma Moyo, can still afford to absent himself from work for the remainder of his five-year term.

22 Apr 2019

If the Democratic Republic of Congo has anything resembling peace and normalcy, then it is because a still sprightly, 98-year old Motswana man played a key role to bring about such outcome.

12 Apr 2019

Anxiety and jittery persist as negotiations between the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) plus Mozambique and the United Kingdom stall for the new Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) as the United Kingdom (UK) prepares to leave the European Union.

This is due to demands by the UK for special treatment at variance with the benefits provided by the EU SACU EPAs.

01 Apr 2019

With the historic Botswana Democratic Party national congress that is bringing infamy to Kang only a few short days away, a curious class of members in either faction is planning to not only attend the congress but also vote. However, there is one little really big problem: not every card-carrying member of the party qualifies to vote.

25 Mar 2019

For the first time since its formation, nobody can credibly make the claim that the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime is not focussing on big fish.

18 Mar 2019

Saddled with a law that invades the privacy of consenting adults of a different sexual orientation, the Botswana government’s human rights record was tested last week in a landmark case before the High Court.

18 Mar 2019

Speaking at a reception hosted at the Chinese Embassy almost a decade ago, then foreign affairs minister, Phandu Skelemani, recalled how as a young lawyer working for the Attorney General Chamber in 1975, he did the legal paperwork for the transfer of the chancery to the government of China. Given the occasion, there was a lot that the lawyer-turned-politician could have said but didn’t.

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