The aftermath of Zimbabwe’s elections cost us seven citizens, “allegedly shot by soldiers”, when people were overwhelmed by suspicion and lost patience with the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission whose behavior was condemned by none of Africa’s many democracy-loving governments.
The last few years have seen a rapid growth in the number of Chinese tourists visiting the world.
A little over 100 million Chinese tourists are known to have travelled from the mainland last year alone.
Money, strictly speaking is not a commodity, but a medium of exchange. But under capitalism and neo-colonialism money has become not only a commodity but a basic human need! The fundamental purpose of money being a medium of exchange does not diminish when money is commoditized. My point is that when someone gives you money, you should know that he or she is not giving you a commodity but is
This week President Mokgweetsi Masisi will travel to China, there to meet with one of the world’s most powerful men – the Chinese President, Xi Jinping.
The visit is nothing short of a steep climb.
Just less than year ago, China and Botswana were involved in an ugly diplomatic spat.
In 2006 this patriot ran an essay in Mmegi titled ‘Botswana under Siege’, (Mmegi, 10th March 2006) which attracted a heavy-handed yet clumsy, un-presidential and laughable rebuttal from the Office of the President (OP).
A recent announcement by Hon Eric Molale, Minister of Mineral Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security, purports to convey the decision by Government, to resume operations of the BCL.
Mahatma Ghandi once said “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win”.
Even in exile, Kgosi Kgolo Kgafela Kgafela II, must be having the last laugh at Tshetlha ya Dikgwa, who is now in a confused and desperate state. A spoilt megalomaniac who just can’t let go and can’t live without power.
The thinking among our economists, too often is to run to make calls for diversification of economy away from minerals.
There is nothing wrong with that. But such calls, when they are not accompanied by related calls to reduce excessive dependence on Government do not mean much.
Minerals, especially diamonds have for Botswana been both a boon and a burden.
Never before has the road to a General Election been as muddy, mucky and murky as one leading to 2019.
We still need to dig the roots of the Setswana language some more. We know that maize has its roots in the Americas and came into Africa by Portuguese traders in the 1500s to the 1600s through Mozambique into South Africa. Linguistic evidence demonstrates that maize is not indigenous to Africa. All this is reflected in the name for maize in many African languages.
For the last couple of weeks, I have been wondering if all that I get from my rich faith can make a difference by lightening my burdens, enlightening my views, lighting my path and dimming my sadness.
The weight I feel on both my mind and shoulders is unnecessary yet it is an essential reminder to me that, somehow, fortune always seems to prefer bad guys.
An attempt to make sense of what Botswana opposition leaders really stand for these days is like a wild-goose-chase; no sooner have you got it in your finger tips than it is already flying high inviting you for further chase.
The more one tries to give them benefit of doubt by taking them seriously, the more they behave like winged creatures. They are sly, dishonest and manipulative.
He is the epitome of love, peace, justice and the truth.
Having read the Bible and having listened to a many men and women of God spreading the holly gospel I have come to the conclusion that amongst us mere mortals there are those of us who are a reincarnation of the many men and women the Bible speaks about.
What we currently know as the English language, which is developed in Britain, America, Australia, New Zealand and various parts of the world, is an immigrant language. English is rightly traced to Britain. But it did not begin there. It came into Britain through the invading Anglo-Saxons in the fifth century.
Delivering a keynote address at the Serowe Agricultural Show last week, President Mokgweetsi unveiled his Government’s big and ambitious commitment to the Agriculture sector.
He started by spelling out reforms that Government feels are needed – not just in the sector itself but also in other related ones.
Botswana Democratic Party is at a 9.5 Magnitude Political earth quake. This is a very serious shake up that this Party finds itself in our era.
Shaw Kgathi relishes a political fight. And he has never shown any problems crossing streets just to pick a fight.
Experience shows that he is always too happy to draw blood first.
His primary fighting tactics involve shooting from the hip.
And there is quite a sizeable number of scalps under his belt
Party politics in Botswana is like Wild West as it regularly showcases scenes of extreme confusion, chaos and discord. If you factor in the unruliness of party members including elders and office bearers, it is actually not far from Hell.
The 2019 national elections are about 14 months away.
They were originally billed to be highly contested in the wake of the opposition gains in 2014 and the anticipated consolidation of opposition unity under the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC).
That fanfare however seems to be in danger of dissipating.