Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Ban regime-change vehicles

In a country whose political leaders are fearful of regime change, the government is taking a big risk by allowing local car dealerships to sell cars from Japan. Everyone who has been watching TV knows that Muammar Gaddafi’s regime was changed by rebels using Toyota vehicles. From the air Europeans and Americans provided fighter jets but down below on the ground it was Japanese vehicles that carried out the actual regime change. As a matter of fact, Toyota would be passing up a golden business opportunity if it doesn’t rebrand its vehicles as war machines that bring about regime change. Here in Botswana, some people have spoken of regime change and even gone to South Africa to seek assistance. If the government doesn’t want to go the way Gaddafi’s did, it should close down all the used-car dealerships in Mogoditshane and find a way to take all Toyota vehicles off the road. For instance, the transport department could claim that all these vehicles are not roadworthy. Of course, the treasurer of the ruling party wouldn’t be too happy about that but the survival of the Botswana Democratic Party is more important than that of his business.
 
Arm Btv presenters

Given the level of personal animosity between Btv news readers, it may not be a good idea to give them arms of war but Africa is descending into political chaos that makes that absolutely necessary.┬á When Gaddafi’s regime was about to fall, a female presenter on Libyan state TV waved a gun around, vowing to protect her station from the advancing rebels. If that is how state broadcasting property has to be protected, then it may be necessary to arm Btv’s female presenters, some of whom are obviously against regime change because their meteoric rise would stop mid-air and they would come crashing back to earth. They will probably need bigger guns and some military training. The latter shouldn’t be a problem because the army commander has also publicly spoken out against regime change.
 
What is Debswana up to?

When employees at a Debswana mine would go into the toilet to relieve themselves, hidden cameras would be rolling. When the company would have lots of money from diamond sales, four directors would split P400-and-something million amongst themselves. When one half of the company felt that the Botswana Democratic Party was likely to lose the 1999 general election, it pumped millions of pula into the party’s war chest. Recently, the company embarked on what it calls a dental care initiative in primary schools. Pupils’ mouths are being opened up and what we are led to believe are dentists shine powerful searchlights in their mouths cavities. The dentists also have drilling equipment. We know that Debswana has mined out the diamonds in Jwaneng and we have reason to get worried when given Debswana’s business ethics, we see children’s mouths being explored. De Beers has done an excellent job of not giving Batswana full access to diamond knowledge. In this partnership, it is Deb and not Swana which knows everything there is to know about diamonds. What are the chances that Deb knows that diamonds can be found in the mouths of children and it is exploring for them under the guise of carrying out a dental care initiative?
 
Americans are hurricane-proof

This past week every TV channel – including our own Btv – reported on a hurricane sweeping across a coastal section of the United States. For the record, the Setswana word for ‘hurricane’ is ‘kgwanyape’ which refers to a huge snake that wreaks havoc in its path and so Btv was wrong to refer to Hurricane Irene as ‘setsuatsue.’ The larger point though is that hurricane Irene was a non-story, a non-event. For eight full years Americans weathered a relentless, much more powerful hurricane that not only destroyed lives and property in the US but also as far afield as Iraq and Afghanistan – Hurricane George Bush.
 
ANC needs BDP help

Just like the Botswana National Front Youth League sought the assistance of African National Congress Youth League to deal with the BDP government, the South African government should seek Botswana’s assistance in dealing with youth protesting the disciplinary process against Julius Malema. The South African police cannot deal with the situation because they are concerned about the rights of protestors and treating them with kid gloves. The major concern of our police (who wear heavyweight gloves on duty) is just getting the job done and leaving the rights thing to workshop participants at the Gaborone International Convention Centre.
 
Has Gaddafi’s dick-tatorship really ended?

Libyan women may have been lulled into a false sense of security by being told that Gaddafi’s dicktatorship has ended. However, that may not be the case. When he was in power, Gaddafi had a platoon of 730-pretty female bodyguards who accompanied him everywhere. History shows that there is only one reason why a man would surround himself with a bevy of beauties. Clearly Gaddafi’s security detail was nothing but manifestation of a dicktatorship. Gaddafi is now hiding somewhere but there is still no evidence that his dicktatorship is over. Possibly he still has all those beautiful bodyguards around him. As a rule of thumb, dicktators operate outside the borders of their respective countries and race. That is why the former head of IMF, Dominique Strauss Kahn, a French citizen working in New York, was dicktatorial towards an African woman from Guinea. Of course, everybody who follows golf off the course would be familiar with the dicktatorship of Tiger Woods, an African-American-Thai, towards white American women. The power-hungry person he was, Gaddafi wanted to expand his dicktatorship far and wide. When rebels stormed his residence in Libya, they found a huge framed picture of former US secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice, in the bedroom. Gaddafi also had a big-breasted Ukrainian nurse who, like his bodyguards, accompanied him everywhere. Had Rice emigrated to Libya, Gaddafi would have made her either his bodyguard or nurse. This guy is a real dicktator.

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