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12 Feb 2018

In July last year, a usually nondescript parcel of land in Tonota was transformed into one of the most beautiful, temporarily built-up areas in Botswana as Vice President, Mokgweetsi Masisi prepared to duel with the Minister of Infrastructure and Housing Development, Nonofo Molefhi, for the position of Botswana Democratic Party Chairperson.

12 Feb 2018

When the Managing Director of Diamond Trading Company Botswana starts to speak about the nature of his business his voice gets fast and passionate.
DTCB, he says has embarked on a new journey.
It is a journey to a new happy-land, says Tabake Kobedi.

28 Jan 2018

“Anyway, I do not want to brag about it,” bragged President Ian Khama about his discerningly minimalist choice of colours amidst a sea of a psychedelic riot of party and national colours at the Botswana Democratic Party’s Extra Ordinary Congress held in Mogoditshane in 2016. “I do not want to be like Donald Trump.”

28 Jan 2018

Our  attendance   at  the  funeral  of  afro  fusion  musician,  Ray Chikapa Phiri  of Stimela  fame in July  last year   involved  participating  in  a number of activities  choreographed  to  befit  a   luminary of song   who  was possibly  the  most  famous  son  ever sired  in  Nelspruit and its hinterlands.  Amidst the solemnity, the pomp and circumstance, great  and famous   sat  cheek by

21 Jan 2018

In a twist of events around a multi-million pula tender at the Gaborone High Court, the Ministry of Basic Education has carried out an assignment that was explicitly assigned to the Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Board (PPADB).

21 Jan 2018

A little known detail in yesteryear’s Daisy Loo saga is the cameo role that then Vice President Ian Khama played at its very beginning in 2005. Then, Gaborone was as dirty as it is now and Khama reportedly summoned the Town Clerk to his office to raise concern over this state of affairs ahead of a visit by a head of state.

14 Jan 2018

Upon ascending the presidency on April 1, 2008, Lieutenant General Ian Khama announced his 4Ds roadmap. The Ds were discipline, development, dignity and democracy and another (delivery) was added much later.

14 Jan 2018

The story of a vast tract of land in Gaborone North that the government claims to own but is being developed by a private sector company gets more complicated by the day.

18 Dec 2017

In as far as categories of credibility go, this source is perfectly unimpeachable. In terms of what information can do to the mind, the one that comes out of the source’s mouth in dramatic dribs and drabs would make any prosperity-gospel pastor finally turn to God. The background first.

18 Dec 2017

Around the time that the ancient Greek were debating democracy at public squares, Plato, a rock star-philosopher who founded the first university in the western world, was hugely skeptical of this form of government. It rankled with him that judicial mechanisms within this system could be used to execute people easily.

10 Dec 2017

The much-anticipated Cyber and Computer-related Crimes Bill that President Ian Khama promised in his last state-of-the-nation address will not be coming during this session of parliament.

10 Dec 2017

The excuse that is being peddled for why former Zimbabwean president (Al Jazeera TV guest: “It sounds funning saying that.”) Robert Mugabe should not be tried is that he is an old man. At 93, Mugabe is indeed old but there are very good reasons why he should be tried for slaughtering his own people, looting the national treasury and generally presiding over a monstrous kakistocracy.

03 Dec 2017

Political scientists, are very rarely caught off-guard; political power has a way of altering those who wield it. However, the international relations world was… dumbfounded … by our President’s open letter to Robert Mugabe. Bewilderment because it served no discernable purpose other than playing to the Western press, an accusation we are now compelled to give credence to.

03 Dec 2017

We are each uniquely made for a purpose determined by God. Our physical uniqueness such as looks, finger prints, and DNA are easily recognised and used. But our functional uniqueness is less discernible because it relates to God’s purpose. Before God there is no ordinary person. Society gives status, awards titles, and defines who matters most in order to rank profile us.

26 Nov 2017

When the Madagascan army deposed President Marc Ravalomanana in 2009 and replaced with Andry Rajoelina, the message from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) was strongly-worded and unequivocal.

26 Nov 2017

If this article is published this week, Sunday, the 26th of November 2017; we can calculate the days until the penultimate political personage and president-designate will ascend to the post of head of state of the Republic of Botswana and the nation’s supreme public servant. Surprised by certain terminology?

19 Nov 2017

As part of the Botswana Defence Force high command, Major General Pius Mokgware had to assist the effort of maintaining friendly relations with military leaders of neighbouring states.

19 Nov 2017

“We will explore and actively undertake as necessary and advisable the production of medical marijuana as well as industrial hemp to harness the unique potential offered by these enterprises,” said the Leader of the Opposition, Duma Boko, in his response to President Ian Khama’s state-of-the-nation address.

13 Nov 2017

The national lottery may be months, possibly years away but for now you can bet that MPs will be harping on “fighter jets” – or variations thereof during the current session of parliament. The government has announced plans to acquire jet fighters at a cost of P5 billion but the opposition is vehemently opposed to such plans because they feel that there are more pressing problems.

06 Nov 2017

Addressing a political rally in Maun, Vice President Mokgweetsi Masisi whetted his audience’s appetite with his own announcement that the state-of-the-nation address contains goodies. One is supposed to be a durable plan, wrapped in a set of new economic initiatives, to tackle unemployment. The historical record provides no incentive to wait for the Monday announcement with bated breath.

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