“…To be blunt, I am calling for a future economic policy which will aggressively discriminate in favour of promoting citizens. If the existing financial institutions cannot promote a policy of discriminating in favour of Batswana, then the Government must create indigenous institutions which will do so.
Next year marks the bicentenary of the abolition of slavery. For those of you who didn’t stay long in school, it means the 200th year when slave masters decided they had made enough money from poor black souls and would now let them go free. It must have been a tough time when the abolitionists finally won the struggle to prohibit slavery.
Making sense of information recently released by the diamond industry’s longtime insiders like former Minerals Minister David Magang and former Debswana senior employee, Todd Majaye, is an awfully difficult, heart-wrenching task that could drive any patriotic citizen to tears.
Even though our independence leaders sought to establish a republic and our current leaders profess to be republicans, they have both been unable to break free of the influence of chieftainship.
Section 86 of the constitution states that Parliament shall have power to make laws for the peace, order and good government of Botswana.
Recently, the Chinese government invited scores of African leaders to a summit in Beijing. It was a momentous occasion for the Chinese. Just like a proper super power, they summoned leaders of all the beggar countries to come and plead for assistance.
I should first of all like to express my gratitude for the invitation to address the Botswana Society.
The Society has earned a well-deserved reputation for providing forums for sound and rational discussion on many issues and subjects of public interest connected with the development of Botswana.
While the management at NIIT have every reason to be elated at being one of the first private institutions to be both BOTA and TEC accredited, and also that they will be making a lot of money next year following a decision by government to sponsor citizen students there starting next year, there seems to be the other side of the issue that is least known to the public.
Of late, the BFA has been under fire with some people calling for the dissolution of the entire leadership. The main argument has been that the leaders are doing a lousy job in turning the country’s football professional.
I would like to look at the issue of turning football professional from a different angle.
The story that we carry elsewhere in this edition, in which the recently elected Chairman of the Parliamentary Finance and Estimates Committee says current budgeting procedures by the national treasury are flawed, should be an eye opener.
Is a dog a working tool or a pet?
There is a fixation at the Botswana National Front, but more prevalently at the Botswana Congress Party, which wants to blame the failure of the opposition unity talks – and indeed the opposition failure to take power in the past 40 years – on Marxists in the Front.
As adolescent boys growing up, we were fascinated by the catalogue. Back then, there were few clothing shops. As a result, many people bought their clothes from the catalogue. Essentially, the catalogue was a full colour brochure displaying clothes of all kinds for all sexes and ages.
Recent reports on statements attributed to Ian Khama during his trip to Nata in the Sebina/Gweta constituency go a long way to prove that almost ten years into politics, the man is still miles off before he fully grasps even the most elementary principles of the craft.
But time is not on his side.
In just over twelve months, he will be a head of state.
As the saying goes, for the Botswana National Front it never rains, it pours. It’s now a forgone conclusion that for the country’s official opposition, the year is ending just as it started - with no discernible seriousness on the part of their leadership.
In his state of the nation address this past Monday, President Festus Mogae reaffirmed his government’s commitment to media freedom, freedom of expression and emphasized his continued personal faith in the separation of powers of all the three major branches of government.
I write this article with trepidation. My trepidation comes not from the fact that this essay is an insight into the relationship between politics and economics, nor that I am commenting on a subject regarding which the system is generally not “transparent”, in the sense of making information available to the public.
A few questions have been knocking my mind since the moment I tried to digest and interpret the State of the Nation address as delivered by President Festus Mogae this past Monday.
The first question, and I think by far the more outstanding one, was: just how much importance and premium do the people at the Office of the President attach to the event?
When outrage over the Loose Canon column - “Zuma will sort out white people” - seemed to be turning into a feeding frenzy a few days ago, we flighted an explanation on our website.
I have saved one classic response.
I love the guys in power. I just love our government. They can spring some nice surprises. As you know, this country has never fought a full scale war. But we have fought a low intensity war. Back when there was a country called Rhodesia, our army was kept very busy.