With no foreign policy doctrine in place, Botswana’s has been largely guided by who is president. Never once did Presidents Sir Seretse Khama, Sir Ketumile Masire and Festus Mogae publicly attack other leaders, preferring to talk over contentious issues behind closed doors.
Bootlicking is a dangerous culture of sweet talk that has over the past decade been cultivated mainly in the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) to the detriment of the party and the country. President Masisi unfortunately is also a self confessed bootlicker.
For Ompelege Keolopile Matenanga, Social studies has always been second nature. The twenty seven year old young adult says this all changed in 2009 when she rediscovered that Food Science was her new passion and she has never looked back since. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Food Science and Technology in 2013 and is now a researcher.
A little less than ten years ago – and long before he became a senior member of cabinet, two SUNDAY STANDARD journalists SPENCER MOGAPI & OLIVER MODISE were dispatched to go and interview Mokgweetsi Masisi. This past week Masisi became President of Botswana. We reproduce the interview below
Balisi Bonyongo is a realist - exceedingly bullish but also awake to possible pitfalls ahead.
His demeanour is a perfect blend of ebullience and caution.
For a leader of a company that has spent a good amount of its recent history in the deep end, Bonyongo speaks with clear confidence and unmistakable boldness.
A man who not only understands Botswana crime landscape thoroughly but has also had top-secret clearance for decades, is a qualified lawyer and has represented the country abroad as ambassador, has used quite shocking language to describe President Ian Khama’s relationship with white-collar crime.
When secondary school leaving examination results were announced last month, Shoshong Senior Secondary School emerged just two notches above the bottom of the national rankings.
It has been a fall from grace that has been felt from afar.
If the Botswana Tourism Organisation (BTO) ever needs background music for its 2018 annual calendar of events, it would find the most appropriate in a hip hop song by Jadakiss and Anthony Hamilton, Why?
For a country ranked Africa’s least corrupt country by Transparency International (TI), it was unfathomable that Batswana would one day unwittingly find themselves grappling with these difficult questions, with no convincing answer in sight. It never dawned that Botswana, just like the rest of other African countries, was quickly sliding to the abyss in terms of rampaging corruption.
Whenever the topic relating to bail is discussed, there is usually a public outcry about the judiciary granting suspects bail unnecessarily. This has now caught the attention of the political lords and recently, the minister of Nationality, Immigration and Gender Affairs Edwin Batshu expressed worry over the deteriorating justice system in Botswana.
Before there was Khulaco in the National Petroleum Fund (NPF) scandal, there was a company whose name has not featured anywhere until now – Ki-Tech Group.
Being a minister comes with a lot of power, prestige and monetary reward but few would have wanted to be in the shoes of the Minister of International Affairs and Cooperation, Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi, when she presented her ministry’s budget estimates for the 2018/19 financial year.
As Botswana continues to evolve in highly unusual ways, someone who knows a little too much about how civil wars start has raised concern that far from protecting the country’s national security interests, the Directorate of Intelligence Service (DIS) is actually a threat to national security.
Parliament has heard the non-tragic news of how two male ministers suffered a vicious mid-morning attack from a bevy of unnamed Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (*BUAN) female students who must have one of the strongest teeth games this side of Dibete.
Asked to name his favourite Bible verse, candidate Donald Trump gave a response that, based on the latter’s very public human relations track record, the interviewer should have known all along.
“An eye for an eye,” said Trump, referring to Exodus 21:24.
At the soonest practical date, the Tati East MP, Guma Moyo will bring to the floor of parliament, a motion that calls on the government to come up with a programme that expedites land acquisition and redistribution particularly in Francistown and the North East district.
At a time that Guma Moyo was still in school and Chapson Butale was probably starting his career in the civil service, a United Kingdom magazine published an article that raised grave concern over an issue that the two future MPs would also spotlight in parliament at separate times.
A visit to a fishing lodge in the Okavango Delta in 2001 ended very badly for a 70-year old man that a High Court judgement by Justice Ian Kirby only refers to as Petersen. In the evening, as he made his way to the guests’ dining area over a raised wooden walkway, Petersen fell 1.5 metres to the ground below and sustained serious injuries.
Having reached the statutory retirement age, the Force Sergeant Major (FSM) of the Botswana Defence Force (BDF) should have retired in December last year. However, he is still in post and has the commander, Lieutenant General Placid Segokgo, to thank for that.
In its eagerness to whitewash a shameful past, Botswana’s officialdom never breathes a word about the racial character of the country’s bill of rights. The latter is a declaration of individual rights and freedoms issued by a national government.