News that a senior executive who is a citizen of Botswana was recently fired by De beers after refusing to fudge and cook the figures relating to diamond beneficiation would come as a source of disappointment but not surprise for many people familiar with the history of De Beers.
Just as we commence our routine activities after the Christmas break to find that although 2019 is a year of general elections in Botswana, nothing has actually changed. Batswana are stuck with comical and annoying politics. Our lives remain miserable and the worst is yet to come because we are still to change the way we do things and the things we believe in.
The present generation is groaning in pain as social media have become powerful socialisation agents in grooming our children. The reality of what truth means has never been distorted this much and social media users have pushed the line to shun the truth while embracing fact as if the two are mutually exclusive. What happened to the simple teaching: ‘Don’t tell a lie’?
In announcing that she will be challenging President Mokgweetsi Masisi the Minister of Local Government Pelonomi Venson said out of courtesy she had notified both the president and also the ruling party Secretary General, Mpho Balopi about her ambitions and intentions. Her courtesy however has not gone far enough.
By Richard Moleofe
As a young boy growing in the 1970s, the best entertainment one could look for was from radio. Radio Botswana was the only station in the country. Radio Bantu which later became Radio Setswana was the next alternative at the time.
In the same way that Government should not be expected to create wealth, it would be wrong for us as a nation to expect Government to create jobs.
That role, in our view belongs to the private sector.
But for the private sector to be so empowered, it needs to be better organized than is currently the case.
Politics is like a never-ending wrestling match in which you are fully aware that one punch or full nelson could end the marathon, yet the combatants alternately seem to inhale extra powers just when it appears that they are knocking on heaven’s door.
Ian Khama’s arrival into Botswana’s politics has proved an untidy enterprise – from the beginning to the end.
With hindsight, all the upheavals that Khama is causing today can very easily be traced to the manner with which he joined politics when a special dispensation was created for him.
Right from the beginning, he was treated like a rare species facing extinction.
By Richard Moleofe
Taking rounds around Botswana’s capital city, Gaborone, one would notice the numerous white masts that have come to define the landscape of our streets. These masts are carrying at least three security cameras that this city so desperately needs.
Botswana Government and the global diamond mining company De Beers are about to enter into their latest round of negotiations.
For the two sides it should neither be an overwhelming or insurmountable task given that many such similar rounds of negotiations have been completed previously.
After all of the hoops the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) government jumped through to accommodate former President Dr Khama’s executive afterlife that promised to be expensive and unique, reconfiguring existing laws to placate his endemic greed with generous, extravagant and Hollywood themed benefits, it is surprising that Dr Khama has returned the favour with some dubious and appalling behav
The source of what would become Botswana’s groaning pains took place in the United Kingdom nearly 70 years ago. While the interracial liaisons were unheard of in the first half of the twentieth century, a son of the Gammangwato throne was enchanted by a white British bank clerk named Ruth Williams.
It has been almost a month since Member of Parliament Prince Maele shocked the nation by vowing to die for Ian Khama; a man he proudly called his paramount chief.
Barely anyone believes Maele meant what he said. This because he looked visibly ill at ease; rehearsed and uncomfortable too.
One wonders what people in South Africa and outside the borders of South Africa think about the laying of criminal charges by some politicians against other politicians - charges that don’t go anywhere because the police service and other law enforcement agencies, just like the rest of the civil service, are politicised.
At independence, Zimbabweans rejoiced at the demise of white colonial rule. They filled the streets in jubilation when Mugabe was sworn in.
Finally, there was hope for the nation, for the people, for the country. Zimbabweans could concentrate on improving their lives and caring for their families.
When it comes to citizen economic empowerment, commercial banks in Botswana have been a weak link.
They have actually undermined several key government policies, while continuing to benefit big time from government business and patronage.
By Kaelo Molefhe
By Adam Phetlhe
If you listened to a certain section of the media, you would think there was some kind of national crisis. You would assume that we have a constitutional crisis. We don’t! There is only one president and his name is His Excellency Dr. Eric Masisi. Fullstop. He has the full powers of a sitting President. Ga se motshwareledi.
President Mokgweetsi Masisi risks being distracted, even derailed by a fringe and shadowy secret society-like movement that calls itself New Jerusalem - if he pays any attention to them.