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17 Feb 2019

For the last few weeks, the UDC has been thrust so firmly into the public glare of our national politics.

Is the organization living up to the public scrutiny?

The jury is still out.

But so far the early optics are not so much encouraging. Emerging is a picture of an entity totally unable to withstand the elasticity strain.

17 Feb 2019

By now, the whole world knows about the atrocities committed by the Zimbabwe National Army and the Zimbabwe Republic Police against unarmed civilians who were excising their rights to protest the failures of their government.

Everyone knows about Zimbabwe’s failed economy and the hardships people are facing without a national currency.

17 Feb 2019

One of the most bizarre things South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said in his state of the nation address during the opening of parliament on the 10th of February 2019 is that South Africa has granted prospecting rights to a French company Total for the exploration of oil off the coast of South Africa. He said it without batting an eyelid.

17 Feb 2019

By Richard Moleofe

Since we have little or nothing to show for our military spending over the years, what is the next step we need to follow going forward? This question arises from the litany of failures regarding our spending as opposed to what we have in the Botswana Defence Force arsenal.

14 Feb 2019

The study of names is known as onomastics. The study of the specific area of personal names is called Anthroponomastics while the study of place names is known as toponomastics. I have previously written on three Setswana names: Neo, Kabo and Mpho which semantically deal with something that is given. I am revisiting this discussion on Friday at a seminar at the University of Botswana.

14 Feb 2019

Corruption thrives in darkness. It is appalling that in this day and age a government purporting to be democratic and a company feigning openness and transparency could see nothing wrong keeping away from public scrutiny the contents of Agreements that have so much material impact on the economic wellbeing and even existence of a nation.

11 Feb 2019

In a big way, President Mokgweetsi Masisi has addressed many of the concerns that had for long made Umbrella for Democratic Change supremely relevant for many people.

That has kind of denied UDC the much needed oxygen.

The upshot of which is that the UDC is now walking at a precipice.

By any stretch, this is not something to be celebrated.

11 Feb 2019

The civil service is the heartbeat of any government. It is the nerve centre of state operations and as such it is central to the success or failure of a country’s development efforts.

11 Feb 2019

By Richard Moleofe

This article is inspired by a speech made by John Kerry at the recent World Economic Forum meeting where he addressed issues relating to corruption and how it predisposes countries to security threats. Taking a synopsis of what the man said, he attributes corruption to any county’s security vulnerabilities.

11 Feb 2019

On Monday Finance and Economic Development Minister Kenneth Matambo presented what is possibly his last budget speech to the nation. Our interest was drawn towards the infrastructure development by the government – being part of a strategy to make a conducive operating environment for the private sector.

11 Feb 2019

South Africans are the strangest people one can come across on the African continent. Most of them think they are better than Africans from other parts of the continent. For example, they call their fellow African brothers and sisters “Grigambas” and “Makwerekwere”. But they never refer to Europeans and Asians by these derogatory names.

03 Feb 2019

Even at this very late hour, and more especially notwithstanding the kind of bad behavior he has had to contend with coming from New Jerusalem and its chief protagonist, it is important for President Mokgweetsi Masisi to show forbearance and offer Pelonomi Venson a path to withdraw from the self-destroying route she has chosen for herself.

03 Feb 2019

A couple of weeks ago, Zimbabwe’s president, Emerson Mnangagwa, hit Zimbabweans with a cruel and unrealistic fuel price increase then boarded a hired plane and left to visit Russia and some of its former states.

By morning, demonstrations against the steep fuel price increase had erupted nationwide. It was no surprise that the army was first on the streets.

03 Feb 2019

By Richard Moleofe

Walk into Gaborone Central Police Station and experience the chaos right at the reception area. Scores of men and women line up at this office to either certify one or two documents or for some swearing in for this or that reason.

03 Feb 2019

Botswana Government must aim to get the maximum benefits out Botswana’s relationship with De Beers.

Days of extolling a unique public-private partnership when the benefits to Botswana are not what they should be are over.

There is no doubt relocating De beers operations to Botswana was overly hyped.

03 Feb 2019

The old adage goes, “It is only when the mosquito lands on your testicles, that you realize that there is always a way to solve problems without using violence.”

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