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02 Oct 2017

A tall, bouncy grey-haired old man with a strikingly high bout of self-confidence walks to meet us as our car pulls off.

He has been waiting for a while. And his impatience shows as he takes me by the hand.
“Let’s go and sit that side monna Spencer,” he says even before we can exchange any pleasantries. The scene is a pizzeria outlet by the corner of the mall.

25 Sep 2017

With as much energy as President Festus Mogae spent fighting HIV/AIDS, as much money as the United States pours into HIV/AIDS programmes and as much airtime as that single HIV-free-generation advert gets on Btv, Botswana should be doing very well in the fight against this disease. It is not. A US State Department report shows that Botswana is not doing as well as two of its neighbours.

18 Sep 2017

When I sit down to ask the Vice chancellor of BIUST what the institution has so far achieved towards becoming a key player in the country’s overall economy, my host chooses without any second thoughts to take me by the hand along what in the end manifests as the overarching strategy of the university.

18 Sep 2017

Two weeks later, when tempers and heads have supposedly cooled, it is worth reflecting on what Kgosi Malope of the Bangwaketse and one of his subordinate traditional leaders were really fighting about.

10 Sep 2017

In becoming a republic on September 30, 1966, Botswana accorded equal rights to all its citizens. In exercising such rights on September 2, 2017, Kgosi Kebinatshwene Mosielele of the Bahurutshe was ceremonially garbed in a leopard skin at a ceremony in Manyana. Only there was one thing wrong with this ceremony.

10 Sep 2017

What does it say about the legal profession when someone without formal university training can practice as a lawyer?

04 Sep 2017

A Botswana Democratic Party councillor in the Central District Council will tomorrow go toe to toe with a former Director of the National Museum and Art Gallery over contents of a letter that the latter wrote to the Council Secretary.

28 Aug 2017

The upside is that the new Tribal Land Act will make land in rural areas more valuable than it currently is. That upside will be a downside for the government which will have to pay much more than it currently does in order to acquire land for infrastructural development projects.

28 Aug 2017

In a Botswana so badly evolved that it now provides its fair share of bad news from Africa, a regional Amnesty International conference in Pretoria has just heard deeply disturbing news: that the practice of hunting down, slaughtering albinos and harvesting their body parts for muti may also be occurring in the country.

21 Aug 2017

With a bill that both adjusts their salaries by 4 per cent, aligns salaries with the salary structure of the public service and adjusts their constituency allowance by 40 per cent, MPs will now be paid the same as directors. This elevation puts MPs in the E1 salary scale. Going back two years, MPs have been happily hopscotching from one 1 scale to the next.

21 Aug 2017

MPs had a lot to complain about when contributing to a bill that will see their pay packages skyrocket to a new high. Being the longest-serving MP, the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Slumber Tsogwane, holds the position of “Father of the House” and he likes to think that his length of service has been educational.

13 Aug 2017

While Francistown South MP, Wynter Mmolotsi, may have raised a very valid point about compliance with the law, the broader context of the issue he raised lacks a solid foundation in rationality.

Mmolotsi asked the Minister of Nationality, Immigration and Gender Affairs, Edwin Batshu, to explain the citizenship of the Deputy Treasurer of the Botswana Democratic Party, Natwarl Jagdish.

10 Aug 2017

Francistown High Court including the Court of Appeal have since intervened and ordered the government to respect the rights of asylum seekers and transport them to Dukwi Refugee Camp before being repatriated to their countries of choice.  The asylum seekers whose asylum applications were declined by government claim to have been exposed to appalling and dehumanizing living conditions at the cen

06 Aug 2017

On account of being African Alliance employees, Don Gaetsaloe as CEO and Moarabi Mariri as Senior Sales Executive were also members of the company’s Sentlhaga Pension Fund (SPF) to which they made a monthly contribution of 9 percent from their salaries.

06 Aug 2017

In its latest misadventure into international politics, the Botswana government has pivoted away from the Dalai Lama to the political crisis in Venezuela.

Last Thursday, the government issued a press statement in which it noted its “grave concern” about political developments in Venezuela, particularly the recent arrests of opposition members.

30 Jul 2017

When he took the oath of office in 2016, Gaborone Bonnington South MP, Ndaba Gaolathe, made history that has not been publicly remarked upon: he is the first and only financial economist in the history of the Botswana parliament.

30 Jul 2017

The Selebi Phikwe West MP, Dithapelo Keorapetse, has sought to explain the controversy over the Dalai Lama visit in terms of how it would affect the lives of ordinary people.

27 Jul 2017

The mystery backer behind Botswana’s decision to ban export of donkey products was a South African based NGO, The National Council (NSPCA) through Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCAs), Writes Mpho Keleboge.

23 Jul 2017

Appearing before the parliamentary Public Accounts Committee, the Commissioner of the Botswana Police Service (BPS) found himself tongue-tied when asked about the Service’s recent acquisition of sjamboks - whips made of tapered hard rubber that inflict painful welts. The context was police brutality and there is never a shortage of examples to illustrate it.

23 Jul 2017

Abueng Mambisana is at her work desk promptly a little before the 7am starting time. On most mornings, the beaming face would belie the previous night’s lack of sleep. This has been a way of life for some years now – a little price to pay to attain bigger goals.

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