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18 Sep 2017

Officially, Ndaba Gaolathe is still a member of the Umbrella for Democratic Change.

In the eyes of the public he remains the party’s deputy president or something thereabout.

18 Sep 2017

It is part of History that the BCP elected not to join the Umbrella for Democratic Change when there was an opportunity to do so a few years ago. These are great lessons that serious minded persons ought to have learned in politics. The fact of the matter is that the ‘Domkrag’ party took the obvious advantage of the political vacuum. ‘Tseo re a di itse’.

18 Sep 2017

The traffic law requires road users, be they drivers or bikers, to give way to emergency services vehicles running on a light. The basic assumption is that when emergency services vehicle lights are on, they are on dire mission hence the need for other road users to contribute in saving the situation by creating space for emergency drivers to pass with minimum fuss.

18 Sep 2017

Let me just warn you from the onset dear reader that even if you are a sensitive soul, please do care to read this piece. You may think that this piece is not so important, but then again it is crucially important. Sex workers in Botswana recently had a Pitso where they advocated for the removal of laws that deprive them of universal access to health care and judicial services.

10 Sep 2017

Events at the trade union Bopeu feel like we are now going through a defining moment in the history of organized labour in Botswana.

Since around July when political parties were emerging from their various conferences, we have been treated to various discordant noises by some in opposition that they want to re-unite Bopeu with labour federation, Bofepuso.

10 Sep 2017

In a groundbreaking judgement, the Francistown High Court recently dismissed an application by the state for the dismissal of the Botswana Congress Party (BCP) application against the use of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs).  The state wanted the case thrown outside throw the window because BCP had failed to file its declaration within the stipulated time frame as governed by the Rules of the

10 Sep 2017

This write-up is based on a 10-minute presentation titled ‘Ditso tsa Bahurutshe’ which was made at a ceremony marking the ‘Coronation of Kgosi Kebinatshwene I of Bahurutshe Boo-Manyana’, on 2 September 2017.

Origins and Early History

10 Sep 2017

I find it interesting that while Botswana is preparing for a peaceful handover of power from one leader to another, judges in Kenya have annulled a presidential election result and ordered a re-run.

04 Sep 2017

In Botswana General Elections have largely been free but by no stretch fair.

The narrative that there is no state funding of political parties is a fallacy.

The ruling party, as even some of its activists have to their dismay been recently discovering has access to inequitable state resources that are a preserve of a few within its inner orbit.

04 Sep 2017

In one of its postings, the Badge of Courage noted that politics is one of the most important human activities in any society. It was noted that everything we do is politics or is influenced by politics. It was discussed that issues ranging from the quality of education, getting a decent job or living on food hand outs rest on politically motivated decisions.

04 Sep 2017

In the 1960s, Botswana was perceived as a country which was virtually without history. A tagline went like this in that regard: “Happy is a nation that has no history. By this standard, there can be few nations happier than Bechuanaland.”

28 Aug 2017

The crumbling opposition has by far become the biggest prop for the governing Botswana Democratic Party.
Vice President Mokgweetsi Masisi who will be ascending the presidency early next near year will now have no reason not to focus one area that the country needs attention on; the economy.

28 Aug 2017

Let me first start by stating that I have been circumcised. I am not an Inkwenkwe, an uncircumcised small boy who has not been to an initiation school.

28 Aug 2017

A decision by Government to create Botswana Innovation Hub was a well thought out one, if only it was implemented fully and with a sufficient budget.
Botswana has a real problem with science, technology and innovation.
A lot of potential can be tapped in that area.
If only it can be stimulated.

28 Aug 2017

For some reason, it has been traditionally easier for people to stomach men’s bad behavior than to tolerate the bad behavior of a woman. We cultivated this attitude by literally admiring the boy who made a girl pregnant while banishing and shaming his pregnant girl.

28 Aug 2017

I am told your theme is “Championing educators’ rights in the midst of bargaining challenges in Botswana”
 
I am happy that you find yourself in these circumstances, I am happy that the prevailing governing system treated you so unfairly.
 

28 Aug 2017

Those who have studied the human psyche tell us that laughing at oneself is therapeutic. So dear Editor/Reader, allow me to make an attempt at distancing myself from myself, so I can take a good laugh at myself, even before you start laughing at me.

21 Aug 2017

Just over a week ago an otherwise little known athlete Isaac Makwala succeeded to unite the nation in a manner that no politician in our country has ever managed to do.   While in London to compete, Makwala was subjected by athletics authorities there to what amounted to discrimination and humiliation.

21 Aug 2017

This column has written extensively about His Honour, The Vice President Mr MokgweetsiMasisi, mostly lamenting on his self-inflicted political deflation, his extreme excitement as president–in waiting and his childish behaviour that culminated with his public revelation as a self-confessed bootlicker.

21 Aug 2017

In my autobiography, The Magic of Perseverance, I introduce Chapter Six with an epigraph in the form of a quote attributed to Sir Seretse Khama, our founding President, to set the tone for what is to unfold. The quotes says, “A nation without a culture is a nation without a soul”.

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