Inside the Botswana Democratic Party it is an open secret that millions of pula have been raised and stashed in bank accounts as part of a war chest to put through the paces Vice President Mokgweetsi Masisi as his march to the State House gains momentum.
Not so long ago Government closed down BCL before immediately putting it up for sale.
To say the BCL sale has been shrouded in secrecy would be risking being guilty of understatement.
Nobody knows what is happening, except of course the president, his family and perhaps the minister responsible.
Next week Thursday, the 25th May is important for two reasons. It is 40 days since the resurrection of Christ Jesus, and the Christian communion around the world will witness his ascension into the heavens to be with his father, awaiting his second coming to fetch the elect.
The foundational principle of a pluralistic society which is the basis of our public education fundamentals is threated the moment public schools impose sectarian beliefs.
There is a law that is missing in the Constitution of Zimbabwe and that law governs whether or not it is an offense for police officers to urinate in public.
This is not a laughing matter.
It’s increasingly clear that the current Government does not care much about the key issues facing the country.
It would seem like top of their concerns and now driving their entire agenda is staying in power.
Botswana’s biggest problems, unfortunately do not include among them who is in power.
The President of the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC), cde Duma Boko must begin to demonstrate shrewd leadership if the UDC is to gain voter trust and endear itself to the electorate well in time for the 2019 general elections.
For this past week I have been on bed rest and decided to retreat quietly to my farm where there is peace and the only noises I get being from different bird’s species. Whenever, I am there I find peace and comfort away from the city noise, thuggery, immoral practices and pollution.
In any case I used most of the time to catch up with the latest happenings globally.
Recently Botswana Parliament debated and passed the President’s (Pensions and Retirement) Act seeking to make retirements benefits for former presidents more lucrative and lustful.
All indications point to the fact that delivery within the public system has slid back to pre-Ian Khama levels.
When he arrived in 2008, President Ian Khama worked tirelessly to improve efficiency, productivity and general service delivery within the public service.
And to be fair to him there were notable improvements.
Victory for the Botswana Democratic Party is not inevitable at the next General Elections due in 2019.
If such victory happens, it will be mainly as a result of a weak opposition rather than a strong BDP.
For a party that has known nothing else but power, this is an altogether new territory for the BDP.
Donald Trump has jump-started America’s psyche in uncontrollable, opposing directions and, only 107 days into his presidency, has sharply polarized the nation along political, party, legal and racial lines.
The 10-member Board of the Advisory and Arbitration Council as per the 2016 amendment of the Societies’ Act, was unveiled recently. No doubt gender parity was perfectly achieved in constituting the Board, and they are all men and women of impeccable qualifications and experience for the work before them.
Much of last two week’s editorial acres have been taken up by excitement over the ruling party’s preparedness to give up his position as a token of selflessness to help bring about some measure of compromise ahead of the elective Congress due in July.
This essay has been motivated by newspaper reports that honourable Members of Parliament are demanding a 25% salary hike. The stories suggest that the MPs have however been given a 4% salary hike which is expected to be effected once Parliament passes the Bill during the winter session in July this year.
For the past nine years, I have been writing this column every week. Ninety five (95) percent of my submissions were dedicated to either President Ian Khama or his presidency. I have written, week in week out, about Khama’s administration without any fear. No favour was extended his way either. I sparred him no blows.
Differences in vocabulary are one aspect of dialect diversity which identifies individuals conspicuously. This is especially obvious through what linguists refer to as cultural vocabulary.
A few weeks after becoming State President in 2008, Ian Khama casually announced that he was going to introduce alcohol levy.
In the end, what many had dismissed as a joke soon morphed into an economic nightmare that affected industries did not know how to deal with.
Once again as a country we seem to be reverting towards a one-party state.
The hope of transfer of power from one political party to the other which so much engulfed this country in 2014 has slowly dissipating away.
The opposition coalition might yet still retain Tlokweng in a by-election scheduled to happen soon.
Poverty eradication was supposed to be President Ian Khama’s signature project.
From the early days of his presidency, Ian Khama came up with a host of initiatives all aimed at lifting the poor from poverty.
Now with less a year left before he leaves, office, it would be interesting for him to visit the projects he started to see if his legacy will outlast him.