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09 Aug 2018

The world over, Independence Day celebrations mean much to citizens.

This does not only apply to countries that had to wage a war for independence, but even for those countries that peacefully got their independence.

The same cannot be said about Botswana.

This was not always like this.

09 Aug 2018

Life is strange – strange indeed. Professor Desmond Cole is dead. I received the news on Monday August 6th, 2018 from a friend about his passing. A short one line note about his death appears on the University of the Witwatersrand alumni page. No he didn’t die recently. He died quietly on May 25th, 2018 away from the public eye and pomp.

05 Aug 2018

This past week, former president Ian Khama has been busy speaking on both sides of his mouth.

It is a carefully calculated ploy to get it both ways. He is playing victim.

For example he calls himself a private citizen. Yet he sees nothing wrong crying for access to state aircraft and helicopters.

This is a man who has access to millions of pula in state resources.

05 Aug 2018

I have a fervent recollection of the euphoria that beat at the chest of the country when UDC was conceived, the real ‘Peoples Project’ – a vehicle that carried the aspirations and interests of Batswana, a cornucopia of plenty.

05 Aug 2018

The process of creation of the value of products and its realisation are separated both temporally and spatially.  The former occurs during the production process while the latter is subsequently accomplished during the sale of the products in the market.  In reality the law of supply and demand only affects the prices of the products in the market, in so far as it determines their fluctuation

03 Aug 2018

It still gets to me. Yes, it still shocks me terribly that there are still intelligent people in our society who think it is a badge of honour not to know their language, or perhaps to feign ignorance of their tongue. The past few weeks have been most interesting and revealing. Perhaps I had thought wrong that we have moved forward.

03 Aug 2018

Just last week, Botswana Government announced that they have given Botswana Meat Commission just over P100 million to pay farmers.

We want to profusely thank Government for this gesture.

In the same vein it would be remiss or even irresponsible if we did not immediately highlight just how inadequate the money is.

30 Jul 2018

Introducing the Declaration of Assets Law has become a source of immense pride for President Mokgweetsi Masisi.

Apparently no guest leaves the president’s office without being treated to a long lecture on the impending law.

30 Jul 2018

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.

26 Jul 2018

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.

26 Jul 2018

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.

22 Jul 2018

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.

22 Jul 2018

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.

22 Jul 2018

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.

22 Jul 2018

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.

22 Jul 2018

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.

16 Jul 2018

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.

16 Jul 2018

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.

12 Jul 2018

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.

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