Dumela Tautona! Firstly, congratulations on your ascension to the highest executive office in the land where it appears you are riding an amazing crest of public confidence. It all seems refreshing but I imagine that your main concern is not the public confidence; your main concern is the reality that remains once the confidence fizzles out.
Death was not common when I was growing up. Nowadays, death is ‘wantonly trending’. Years used to slip by without death stinging someone close and when it did; there were utter silence and solemnness. To be precise, five years after I was born, Ra Sahelo (properly spelt Seagelo) “went to the mines” as many men those days did. They worked at the Western Deep Level in the gold mine of Gauteng.
Over the weekend, I met few old friends. Obviously reminiscing about days gone by, nostalgia took centre stage. Nothing strange, in fact, that is very much expected from us humans.
Botswana Oil should not read any malice in the judgment against itself by the Botswana Energy Regulatory Authority.
If anything, Botswana Oil should judge itself unlucky – a victim of a sincere and genuine mistake borne out of a bad grasp of economics.
There is no doubt in our mind now that President Mokgweetsi Masisi is going for a clean-cut.
He wants to get done with the previous regime as quickly as possible.
He is in a hurry to assert himself and his hegemony.
And for a person who has for long existed under a heavy cloud of doubt and skepticism of his suitability, nobody can blame the man – at least not fairly.
The campaigns for the 2009 general elections by various political parties were full of drama, with the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) numero-uno and the country’s former president, Lt General Ian Khama branded himself ‘Lepako.
Much has been said in recent days about how His Excellency the President Mr. Mokgweetsi EK Masisi’s push to be a “jobs President” is being stymied by some unbecoming mysterious forces. Be that as it may, it seems extraordinary that all of a sudden there are new jobs galore in the civil service given the 7,500 figure that was recently bandied about.
Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa has just returned from yet another overseas jaunt, this time Qatar, where we are told he signed “many many deals” with both the Qatari government and business leaders.
With the recent sacking of its founding director general Isaac Seabelo Kgosi, the Directorate of Intelligence and Security Services (DISS) should henceforth do all in its power to redeem its battered image in the eyes of Batswana, including the international community.
One of the deciding attributes of Ian Khama’s foreign policy was to stack diplomatic appointments with former politicians – many of them failed ones and totally clueless on foreign policy.
This was done at the expense of career diplomats and professional cadres.
Critics have never stopped characterizing Dr Khama’s presidency as a textbook of the triumph of loyalty over merit. They argued that Dr Khama placed the highest value on an individual’s absolute loyalty rather than qualifications or competencies. In any case quality, like beauty, is in the eyes of the beholder.
By progressives I am not only talking about members nor activists of the Alliance for Progressives. I am talking about each and every citizen who believes and stands for justice, the truth, good governance, democracy and anti-corruption. That is all that being a progressive stands for and that is what Gomolemo Motswaledi stood for.
The Umbrella for Democratic Change is in a deep crisis.
It might for now not be irreversible, but the problems inside the UDC have been allowed to fester on for far too long.
The result of it all has been confusion, despondency and turmoil in the ranks.
Morality is the practice or living out of what one believes to be right and good. Morality involves the actual living out of one’s beliefs that such things as lying and murder are wrong. This makes morality and ethics different.
Algorithms, Far-right Populism, Artificial Intelligence, Trump, Brexit, Religious Fanaticism, Cyberwarfare, Proxy-wars; the international system is flirting with dangerous ideas. The unravelling geostrategic environment is radically changing the balance of power and overturning every established norm in the geopolitical system.
It has happened in almost every country in Africa where elections are held.
So many times, I have seen strong opposition parties splintering into tiny groupings just before watershed elections which the opposition could have easily won.
I have been away for a few weeks, obviously in the bundus. The apparent disadvantage of life in the bush is that one misses a lot, especially on current affairs at both national and international levels.
While such innovations are almost none-existent in Botswana, in other countries Online retail and related markets are already big especially in East Africa.
For many such countries, the internet based companies are already proving the fastest growing in both employment creation and economic contributions.
But such innovations do not thrive in a vacuum.
Everybody knows how deeply troubled the Public service is, but still nothing could have prepared anyone for the chaotic scenes unraveling at the Public Accounts Committee.
Based on what we see unfolding, the Public Service is beset by many underlying problems that go way beyond the daily mantra of productivity – or lack of it.
One African proverb says‘it is only a foolish fly that get buried with a corpse’.Perhaps flies are smarter than many followers of the opposition parties because they (flies) hardly follow a corpse into the grave.