I return with more comments on Paul Landau’s Chapter three of Popular Politics in the History of South Africa, 1400-1948 entitled Translations (Missionaries and the invention of Christianity) where he explores the struggles faced by missionaries in attempting to translate the biblical text into Setswana.
Sometime in 2008 as the Americans were preparing for their presidential elections, a working class stranger boldly confronted the then little known candidate Barack Obama and accused the Senator of socialism – a kind of political blasphemy in America’s realm of politics.
When Jonas Salk, who developed the polio vaccine was asked who owned the patent, he replied, “Well, the people, I would say. There is no patent. Could you patent the sun?”
Do the rich world’s patents abandon the poor to die.?
A recent Afrobarometer study revealed the extent to which former President Dr Khama almost turned Botswana, the erstwhile model of democracy in Africa, into a dictatorship.
The last time we heard of it, the official position of Government regarding the Alcohol Levy was that there will be a nationwide consultation to determine whether to keep it, reduce it or anything.
The ball was on the public court, so said the Government.
This is a similar position as adopted towards Hunting Ban.
And we took them at their word.
My comments for today are restricted to Paul Landau’s Chapter three of Popular Politics in the History of South Africa, 1400-1948 entitled Translations (Missionaries and the invention of Christianity) where he explores the struggles faced by missionaries in attempting to translate the biblical text into Setswana.
The Botswana National Front (BNF) is concerned by the latest drastic increase of fuel as announced by the Ministry of Mineral Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security. The increase is a direct effect of the recent corruption allegations involving top government officials, including cabinet Ministers and the Office of the President.
Not many people will sympathise with a person on a death row, perhaps understandably so, considering that in most cases such a person would have committed gruesome acts on other persons. It is this assumption, on the backdrop of a surge of support for capital punishment, that makes speaking for the rights of death row inmates almost unthinkable.
A few days before Independence Day celebrations we attended a National Democracy Symposium organized by the Office of the President and also the University of Botswana.
Cabinet ministers, senior government officials and also non government officials attended.
Vice president Slumber Tsogwane, who was acting president at the time officiated.
There is need for reform on how government manages and reports on its debt; both local and international.
Given Africa’s booming indebtedness, it is important for Botswana to embrace reforms that would once again see the country escape a trap that has previously been the source of so much misery for other African countries.
For Botswana it was a magical era – repeated year after, non-stop, until one day Ian Khama arrived on scene.
The year was 2008.
Khama’s arrival brought a long running golden age to an abrupt end.
To be fair to him, he was not all to blame. But he played an oversized big part in it all.
There are pressing and disturbing events happening at Botswana Tourism organization.
While there will be less consensus on many of these events, it is our hope that at least such consensus can be found on the fact that BTO has lost direction.
Former President Ian Khama, noted in his speech at the commemoration of the World HIV/AIDS Day in Moshupa 2011, that Botswana was experiencing financial shocks as a result of having had to shift her policy agenda and focus more on trying to achieve zero levels of HIV and AIDS.
Perhaps alarmed by the unusually highly charged rhetoric and brash language of Mr Donald Trump, Michael Wolff, the author of ‘Fire and Fury: inside the Trump White House’, questioned the president’s mental state.
The Directorate of Intelligence Services was created to be one of the institutions defending our freedoms and our democracy – a force for good.
Yet it ended up as unabashed threat, not just to those freedoms but to our very existence.
True to the fears of those who were violently against its creation, the DIS ended up being an immensely disruptive and divisive monster.
After sidelining media outlets from their home countries in farvor of CNN, CBS, BBC, Bloomberg and other American and international media outlets during the United Nations General Assembly in New York, African presidents,except for one or two, and their large entourages are back on home soil where they are now available to local media.
It is now just over six months since Mokgweetsi Masisi ascended the highest office, and already he has visited about a dozen countries, many of them in southern Africa that are also SADC members.
President Mokgweetsi Masisi should move swiftly to give back the guns his government seized from Wildlife Anti-Poaching Unit – whatever it takes.
May be the reasons for seizing these arms from the Unit were after-all benign, to use his favorite word, but what Masisi’s decision has in effect done has been to throw red meat to his adversaries.
There is a deep irony and even paradox about what Botswana Development Corporation was established for and what the state owned company has been doing lately.
BDC was established by Botswana Government in 1970 as its premier investment vehicle.
The company has a genuine and fair claim to being one of Botswana’s earliest and indeed enduring blue chips.
If it is true, and its seems undoubtedly so, that President Mokgweetsi Masisi’s administration is grappling with a powerful renegade intelligence service which has the support of some influential civil servants, he has every right to be very worried, as do all of us.