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06 May 2018

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.

06 May 2018

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.

06 May 2018

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.

29 Apr 2018

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.

29 Apr 2018

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.

29 Apr 2018

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.

29 Apr 2018

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.

27 Apr 2018

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.

27 Apr 2018

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.

23 Apr 2018

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.

23 Apr 2018

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.

19 Apr 2018

There is a lot of optimism in both South Africa and Zimbabwe.

The optimism is a result of the new directions that those two countries are taking following changes in leadership of the two countries.

Recent political leadership changes in South Africa and Zimbabwe have been events of immense importance as to warrant economic revival.

And the mood is clearly changing.

19 Apr 2018

On April 4, 2018, Dr Nevah Tshabang, a member of the Botswana Congress Party and a Chemistry lecturer at the University of Botswana took to Facebook with the following post:

16 Apr 2018

Hardly a week after taking office, President Mokgweetsi Masisi has been on a rollercoaster schedule visiting countries across Southern Africa.
Looking at his itinerary as depicted by ministers and officials accompanying him, the underlying tone of his trips is strengthening economic ties.

16 Apr 2018

In the last 10 years alone, Southern African countries have seen changes in leadership, a departure from the perennial continent-wide practice of aged, long-ruling presidents dying in office and bequeathing their nations to their sons, relative or hand-picked successor.

15 Apr 2018

Those who know me closely used to warn me: “Kana Monna Thabo, o tla nyelela. Ba tla go tsenya monoso ba go  phampamolla like Kalafatis. A waitse tota!!.”

That did not stop there.

12 Apr 2018

A few years ago there was talk that diamond mines owned by Debswana Diamond Company were approaching the end of their lifespan.

Initially estimates put that at 2020 before revising to 2030 and ultimately to 2050.

In a normal society, these estimates should have sent shivers across the nation.

12 Apr 2018

Botswana has a new president, so does South Africa and Zimbabwe. All the three presidents of the region are from the ruling party. All the three’s ascendance to power has been met with supreme delight, hope, and characterized as a chance for national and party renewal. There is much expected from President Masisi.

12 Apr 2018

Following recent media reports and posts on the social media, the Botswana National Front would like correct and put into proper perspective certain statements which create certain innuendos. It is highly regrettable that what has incited this confusion are "leaks" or a "leak" suggestively coming from the central committee members.

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