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25 Mar 2019

Advocate Sydney Tshepiso Pilane once said “We have a monumental ego for President” (see Sunday Standard May 29 2011). Revisiting Pilane’s opinion piece, one can easily conclude that we now have a monumental ego for an ex-president.

25 Mar 2019

By Richard Moleofe

The description of the disaster that has hit Mozambique and Zimbabwe is of unprecedented proportion. The effect of cyclone Idai has gone beyond the disaster of 2000 that hit Mozambique with such awesome force that it is still unforgetable.

18 Mar 2019

It looks like it will go down to the wire, pretty much.

And probably that is a good thing.

Any attempt to settle it by negotiations was misplaced.

It will require an election to settle all the phony noises.

There is no longer any hope of a ceasefire.

In fact the war has to be fought to the end so that there is a clear winner and a clear loser.

18 Mar 2019

By Richard Moleofe

The feud between the president and his predecessor is continuing and has been elevated yet to another level. The recent trip of the former president to India to meet up with the Dalai Lama has brought the matter of the feud to the fore in public discourse.

18 Mar 2019

I only noticed the teardrop that had made its way down my face after the short video clip had ended.

I had been watching a woman on the screen, tears dripping down her chin, as she patiently explained her problem, a nation’s problem.

15 Mar 2019

In a battle of ideas, just like in war, it is to be expected that the first casualty will be truth – objective truth. Individuals are creating their own truths.

11 Mar 2019

The political opposition in Botswana is currently drowning under an avalanche of irrelevance; they find themselves inside some deep hole.

This is a total contrast to where they were a little less than five years ago when they were seriously challenging for state power.

11 Mar 2019

On the 23rd February 2019, Lady Khama Community Hall in Serowe was turned into a dishonourable place to whip up emotions and plough fears of a cruel and murderous regime that ‘wants to bury all of us – me, my family and all of you’. The community hall was turned into a base to plan mutinous activities and develop a program of action that is intended to cause confusion and mayhem.

11 Mar 2019

By Kwapeng Modikwe

11 Mar 2019

The Judiciary is headed for the dock, and its moment of truth is fast approaching.

Not too long ago, the Chairman of Law Society of Botswana made a serious statement against the integrity of the judiciary.

He said some Judges are receiving bribes – pretty much.

That is a serious indictment on the integrity of the judiciary.

11 Mar 2019

By Richard Moleofe

The Dalai Lama is the Tibetan spiritual leader that many know little or nothing about in this part of the world. He was arranged to come to Botswana for a public lecture a little over two years back from today but the trip was called off as it sparked controversy.

05 Mar 2019

The meeting called in Serowe last weekend, purportedly by so-called ruling party elders felt, looked and sounded like a summons from the royal court.

There was a lot of tribal breast-beating, a lot of tribal bigotry all of it mixed with unhidden tribal nostalgia about an era gone by.

05 Mar 2019

Reference is made to the P250 million saga, referred to as Botswana’s biggest financial scandal, the revelations of which have captured the imagination of the nation, and struck a dearth blow to Transparency International nonsensical characterization of Botswana as Africa’s least corrupt country!

05 Mar 2019

By Richard Moleofe

The church remains to be one of the strongest institutions in Botswana and it will be a grave mistake by anyone to overlook it. It holds so much power in its hands but the problem is that they are not aware they do.

05 Mar 2019

We do not have to start by saying, “In the beginning was Zimbabwe…”                                                                   

But, all the same, in the beginning, Zimbabwe was there with all the rest.                                                 

24 Feb 2019

The legendary British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher famously once said that “every Prime Minister needs a Willie.”

She was referring to her immensely loyal deputy, Willie Whitelaw.

Willie was to Thatcher what in street lingo might today be be referred to as makay – or an errand boy, so to speak.

24 Feb 2019

In the run up to the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) primary elections, former Assistant Minister of Education Patrick Masimolole complained to the Office of the President alleging that Mr Tshephang Mabaila was using his Mabaila Foundation to engage in illegal campaigns for Mogoditshane constituency.

24 Feb 2019

By Obakeng Matlou

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