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on his way to India to meet the Dalai Lama, President Ian Khama told SABC television that his VIP protection had been withdrawn by the Botswana government to protest his controversial trip.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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Joseph Balise
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Zeph Kajevu
Never in the history of the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) has a sitting president been challenged at an elective congress, especially in an election year.
The Mayor of Gaborone, Kagiso Thutlwe, has come under fire from one of his own councillors for falsifying a resolution on behalf of the Gaborone City Council’s Executive Committee.
When it comes to mining sustainably, Johan Ferreira says nothing beats getting it correct right at the beginning. “Timing is king,” he says as a matter of fact.
Knowledge of the ore, he says is also equally important as is having sufficient capital to get that ore off the ground.
We shouldn’t have to use a foreign Bantu language to describe an electoral contest between a Mokgatla and a Mongwato but the choice of a foreign Bantu name by the former’s faction necessarily forces us to: “iCava kayisebenzisi amathuba ayo.”
Botswana’s mining industry is still in with a bump.
According to Eric Molale, Botswana’s mining sector has not seen its best days yet.
Those are still to come.
After 10 years in the political wilderness, elders in the Botswana Democratic Party are back in the fold and able to offer counsel previously shunned by the party leadership.
When former President Lt Gen Ian Khama counts his achievements, he begins with poverty eradication.
A World Health Organisation (WHO) analysis report has however damned immediate past president for neglecting the poor and projects President Mokgweetsi Masisi as the savior of Botswana’s poor.