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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.

30 Oct 2017

If there are any rules about what makes a real social activist, Talita Monnakgotla ticks all the important boxes. The eccentric “&T” in the husband and wife AT&T Monnakgotla business empire may not be your placard waving, slogan chanting ruble-rouser, but she is a significant force in the fight against abasement, poverty and illiteracy among Bakgalagadi.

30 Oct 2017

By any Global South standard, the Botswana Congress Party (BCP) is a very progressive party with a policy platform that compares favourably with some of the best on the continent. However, some of its mid-level leaders don’t always do good cultural relations and their missteps have attracted extremely bad press.

23 Oct 2017

Distrustful of the villainous “Bantu”, a member of the British House of Lords didn’t think it was a good idea to give Botswana independence before extracting cast-iron guarantees from the country’s future leaders about the welfare of the downtrodden Bushmen.

23 Oct 2017

Granted, the Botswana Federation of Public Sector Unions’ Democracy and Constitutional Reform Conference at Oasis Motel was not Australia’s Festival of Dangerous Ideas at the Sydney Opera House.

16 Oct 2017

It’s a long way from when chairmen presided over meetings, firemen attended to burning buildings, policemen enforced the law, and the average citizen all politicians claimed to be concerned about was the man in the street. 

08 Oct 2017

Increasingly nowadays, patients at government health facilities are having to buy their own medication because it is not available at such facilities.

02 Oct 2017

A week after Sunday Standard’s revelations that the Botswana Police Service is literally gearing itself up for possible election violence in the 2019 general election, it has emerged that the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) is, likewise, not leaving anything to chance.

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