For decades, Botswana has been heralded as a beacon of democracy in the African continent that is synonymous with the ideology of savage despotism. Consequent to this laudatory caption, Botswana has been, wittingly or unwittingly, promoting democracy as the best form of government. This is in spite that democracy imposes some difficult demands on society that seeks to abide by its norms.
Quett Masire was born on July 23, 1925. If he were alive he would have turned 93 years of age on Monday. President Mokgweetsi Masisi was born in July too, July 21, 1961 to be exact. He turned 57 last Saturday. Though both presidents were born on the same month, if you believe in the stars, their birthdays make Masisi a Cancer and Masire a Leo.
There is need for more policy clarity on energy supply, including and more especially on solar and renewable.
That can only be achieved through publishing a document plan that is made available to the public.
The plan once published should be comprehensive and realistic enough to be achieved.
It should set targets and time frames.
The topical issue really is the crisis besieging the Umbrella for Democratic Change.
Surprisingly, nobody seems to want to address directly that which ironically is the centre of the crisis; the legitimacy of the Botswana Congress Party membership of the UDC.
Unless this matter is honestly addressed, the UDC will continue to slide down the abyss.
What efforts are in place for Botswana to transform itself into a fully-fledged digital economy?
The true answer is “Not much.”
Yet that really is where the world is moving.
The good thing for Botswana is that not all is lost.
It is also not too late.
Most fundamentals are already in place.
As is usual when something is happening in Africa, nations outside our realm send their own people as “observers” in what they say is a mission to record what is going on in the target country.
There are thousands of such missions currently in Zimbabwe to observe the elections of July 30th.
Perhaps it is happening elsewhere, but for sure it is an integral part of Botswana politics today. The internal wrangling in political organisations is the cause for nightmare and disaster that have besieged political parties in Botswana.
Whilst parties wishing to have a major stake in the upcoming General Elections in October 2019 are busy sweet talking voters into choosing them as future government, the Umbrella for Democratic Change, my party, seems to be in no hurry to do so.
The Umbrella for Democratic Change seems to be in a bind – going nowhere.
History shows that every time attempts at opposition coalition collapse in Botswana, progress in opposition politics is set back by no less than twenty years.
The same history also shows that attempts at renewing such coalition later is much harder than it was the previous times.
It has become customary to recess Parliament on account that Cabinet Ministers did not show up to answer pre-noticed questions and respond to motions presented by Members of Parliament. In most occasions Cabinet Ministers would either be outside the country on official business or would have undertaken some field trips to the serene countryside that offers opportunities for leisure.
Dear Mr President
One of the privileges of being a lexicographer is that you tend to find out language issues which other people take for granted. In the past few years I have gained much fascination from the history of words, that is, where they come from. The Setswana that we speak has gone through much change over the years.
The world over, Information and Communication technology is transforming lives.
Countries like India and China are riding on IT revolution to catch up,
The economies of countries that discovered early on that ICT was the future have made big strides that have led to uplifting millions of people out of poverty.
A few days after the UDC leak started to do rounds, I forwarded it to a Pretoria based psychiatrist acquaintance with a note; please provide me with a brief and dispassionate psychological diagnosis of the key characters in this conversation.
At a recent press conference, the minister responsible for minerals, Eric Molale was asked a question to explain a decision by De Beers to start trading in synthetic diamonds.
To what extent was Botswana Government a part of that decision?
Botswana Government owns 15 percent of De Beers, the rest is owned by Anglo American, London Stock Exchange listed multi-resource giant.
In African culture, people are taught from early childhood the virtue of honesty.
Even with the world’s most gracious hopes and the world’s best of wishes, Zimbabwe is failing to give so much as an encouraging indication of a willingness to chart a new path of governance and a decent, honest way to hold credible elections.
The perennial display of a disconnect between Government and office of former president Ian Khama is much more than a passing event.
It should be viewed as an existential threat to the incumbent president Mokgweetsi Masisi. A failure to act will leave current president badly exposed.
In the eyes of some bankrupt, beggared foreign nationals, Batswana are the worst scum under the sun. This insult is generally preached by some sweat-scented thankless foreigners who feign attachment to their countries of nationality but yet refuse to spend half day in their homelands mainly because theirs are worse that an animal sanctuary.
The running of any government has had as a critical feature of its public administration practice, the use of Executive orders by the presidency to define, introduce and often respond to new directions as preferred by the presidency’s policy and political inclinations.