Masisi should be careful not to succumb to fatalism

08 May 2019

There is a big paradox that President Mokgweetsi Masisi has to contend with.

The country, and increasingly his party too, need a new sense of optimism.

That can only come if the economy is working, and doing so for everybody.

Yet he also has to move with care, at least until after October General Elections, lest he annoy and lose the people  whose numbers he will need for him to cross the Rubicon.

Ingrained corruption has bred both pessimism and fatalism among the people.

The fallacy of Botswana marketed as Africa’s shining example is premised on the past.

It is based on a glorious history of which all of us are or should be proud.

But is just that; history.

To pretend that we are today is still living that history is part of intellectual fraud that seems to be now spreading like wildfire in our country.

That kind of posture, sadly will fast-track our demise, and if not arrested will ultimately bring us to our knees.

Botswana we must admit is no longer a billboard for good governance, economic prudence, and low corruption.

If anything, Botswana has become a depressing analogy of just how a one-time brilliant, young, highly gifted and promising student with a bright future ahead, in their latter life turned to drugs and ill-discipline that ruined their life.

To get back on track as a people, first we need to disabuse ourselves of the loony belief that we are still as great as we were say twenty years ago.

While many nations have progressed, we have regressed, thanks to wrongful priorities taken by our leaders.

For example it would be interesting to know how many schools were built during the ten years that Ian Khama was president.

Global economic meltdown aside, it would be interesting to know how many hospitals were built during that same time.

It would be interesting to get a scientific estimate of how much of public finances were lost to corruption and

Certainly there were schools that closed like nurses training colleges and teacher training colleges.

The biggest test that Masisi faces comes not from natural opposition, but from his erstwhile ally, former President Ian Khama.

Khama wants Masisi removed from office – by hook or crook.

In doing so, Khama has elected to go for scorched earth policy.

The temptation for masisi will be to fight fire with fire.

That is dangerous.

Masisi is a Head of State. And should behave as such.

He should run the country. And demonstrate that rather reacting to Khama, he is actually in charge and is the one making political weather across the country.

Understandably, Khama might be a nuisance to Khama, but the truth is that a growing number of people are beginning to question, evaluate and even impugn his mental stability.