‘We in the Botswana Democratic Party, promise to indulge on demand, every desire, wish and whim of Lieutenant General Ian Khama within the territorial borders of the Republic of Botswana for as long as he lives and for as long as we can use his family name.
“Thank you for your kind introduction. I am the fifth president of Botswana since independence, and indeed a beneficiary of the ‘succession plan’ entrenched in the country’s Constitution. But come October 2019 when the nation goes to the general elections – I will be on my own as they say.
America’s girl group Destiny’s child has nothing on President Mokgweetsi Masisi. Long after the group dropped off the pop charts and went their separate ways, Botswana’s president is still standing and singing about being a survivor who has weathered perfect storms.
A marquee law firm is staking its reputation on the authenticity of a startling claim that a Deputy Sheriff-issued document with all surface appearances of legitimacy was actually a work of forgery. The alleged forgery cost the former Director of National Museum and Art Gallery, Tjako Mpulubusi, a fortune in property that was auctioned in restitution.
It is instructive to listen to President Mokgweetsi Masisi explaining the apparent personality Volte face from Masisi the Vice President to Masisi the President.
BY JOSEPH BALISE
Political and social pundits are at wits end trying to unravel the current political puzzle engulfing Botswana’s major political players, especially leading political parties and their leaders.
President Masisi is in his element. He is dropping nuggets of wisdom about our democracy, waxing lyrical about Botswana and running us through the country’s political intrigues. We are not so much interviewing him as marveling at his beautiful mind roving from subject to subject. And then midway through a question he cuts in: “Mhh!
Some seven months after leaving office, former president Ian Khama still seems to have trouble waking up and smelling the early-morning Mosukujane tea harvested from Moshupa hills.
If you are poor and unlucky enough to have been caught with barely dried biltong from a stolen cow, chances are you will be appearing on Btv news within 24 hours with still unconsumed evidence spread out at your feet. If you were part of a gang, you will be lined up in a column and your humiliation shown from all camera angles.
President of the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) Duma Boko has been the helmsman of the party for several years now, but a sizeable number of people are still searching and trying to figure out the ideology and doctrine that guides his haphazard decision-making on internal affairs.
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