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.
BY JOSEPH BALISE
Without the political euphoria that usually engulfs the Botswana political landscape ahead of any upcoming general election, the Alliance for Progressives is currently the undoubtedly most stable and well organized political outfit in the country.
By Mosidi Mokaeya
Twice before former President Ian Khama has found it difficult to observe protocol by rising to his feet when President Mokgweetsi Masisi made an entrance.
By Chedza Mogae
“Our ambitions in six years in the New Botswana are to grow our economy by at least 10 percent on average, drive non-mineral exports to at least 40 percent of GDP and shrink unemployment from 19 percent to less than 10 percent, augment manufacturing output to 20 percent of GDP, and make Botswana a transport hub for the 277 million strong SADC market,” Gaolathe said when addressing party members
BY JOSEPH BALISE
Before Oliver Mtukudzi assumed household status in this country there was music from Zimbabwe.
The video footages – which have since gone viral showing Isaac kgosi’s arrest by plain clothes security agents at the Sir Seretse Khama International Airport tell less than half the story of what really went on to plan and ultimately execute the sting operation on a man who only a few months ago was the most feared in Botswana and at times also arguably the most powerful.
In a changing-for-the-worse Botswana that the founding fathers would hardly recognise, a prominent Mongwato businessman and politician with impeccable royal pedigree has placed the blame squarely at the feet of the biological son of one of those fathers – former president, Lieutenant General Ian Khama.
A brand new land-rights pressure group has laid claim to Moremi Game Reserve, a multi-billion tourist asset which was the first game reserve in Africa to be set up by Africans.
In my course of tracking Africa’s sometimes torturous navigation of this elusive creature called democracy, I often hear a yarn told to much amusement of what happened back in 1991 in Zambia.