Thursday, July 18, 2024

Lehura La Ga Mmangwato Revisited: Serowe Mahlanyeng!!

Let me warn you from the onset dear reader, that this piece should not touch a nerve. Nonetheless, those of you, who are likely to be peeved by the article can go to palama o kue in Serowe hold night vigil prayers for deliverance.

For a while Ian Khama and some members of his tribe, have been displaying mannerisms that are found wanting in Botho. The soap opera that has been ongoing in Serowe since Ian stepped out of Presidential office has been found wanting and unfortunately no one seems to have the audacity to call Ian to order, he has become an uncontrollable dangerous pit bull. Some of bo Rangwane in Serowe are not doing him justice too. They have become parrots and can’t just call him to at least have “ Botho”.

Setswana society expects and requires its members to have “Botho” which is derived from “ Motho” ( a human being). Botho refers to the possession of the good attributes associated with a god human being. Botho describes a latent consciousness that one’s own sense of humanity is deeply rooted in the humanity of others in the community, who we traditionally considered our extended family. Ian Khama is lacking in botho, he does not conduct himself as Kgosikgolo (Mmabatho). Ian is extremely disrespectful and has undercover racists tendencies. His mannerisms as well as that of some of his tribesmen and bo Rangwane resemble the one often seen and displayed at the taxi rank. Ian and some of naïve tribesmen behaves as if Botswana belongs to Bangwato and thinks his father made Botswana. That is just a fallacy, a wishful thinking. Bangwato MUST stop with this nonsensical thinking too.

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