It is a natural phenomenon that when relationships go sour, deepest secrets are divulged by the disgruntled partners.
It happens with all relationships that end on a sad note, be it friendships or love affairs. It is only after couples break up that the ex-partner goes around telling everyone that the other person has smelly feet, snores like a lion’s roar and is not good in bed.
That is the nature of a relationship gone sour.
It is sad when relationships go up in smoke but perhaps we should rejoice at the fallout between Louis Nchindo and Festus Mogae for were they still friends some of us were going to die without the knowledge of how corrupt our leaders are.
Corrupt may sound too harsh a word but I can’t think of any other word to describe the shocking revelations of dirty deals between De Beers and our former leaders. Festus Mogae should be applauded for refusing to yield to Nchindo’s demands.
I take my hat off to him for being brave enough not to be intimidated by Nchindo’s threats of blackmail. For him to have chosen to stand by the law and forsake his friendship with Nchindo speaks volumes about his principles.
Whether he chose to abandon Nchindo out of some personal revenge is neither here nor there. Bottom line is his stance has helped unravel the rot that has been going on undetected for decades. Nchindo too deserves his fair share of praise if he is indeed the source of recent newsfeed.
Either way, his fallout with Mogae is the reason all these secrets of dirty deals are coming out and for that we should be thankful to their sour relationship.
It’s a pity the civil society and Batswana at large do not seem to be worried about the allegations of underhand transactions between our leaders and De Beers mining company. I read Masire’s response to allegations linked to his dealings with De Beers and he clearly affirms the allegations.
Masire is an African in an African country therefore it comes as no complete shock to hear such allegations leveled against him. Were he not a typical African leader, Masire would have chosen between his farms and the presidency. It now appears he wants to blame the presidency for his failure to run his farms properly as if he was forced to become president. I want to believe Masire had the choice to decline ascendancy to the presidency if he realized it would affect his businesses.
It scares me to hear how Masire only agreed to bow out of the presidency on the condition that his debts are cleared by De Beers under circumstances that smack of money laundering.
It would appear Masire would never have stepped down were it not for De Beers. It is quite clear Masire is no different from all other African leaders who refuse to step down in fear of losing immunity from litigation.
Masire knew too well that were he to step down while in such financial conundrum, his creditors were going to give him sleepless nights as he would have been undraped of the immunity blanket. For so many years we have been fooled into believing ours was not a typical African state where leaders amass personal riches out of public coffers.
De Beers is a business partner with the Botswana government and as such Batswana have a right to cry foul when proceeds from their diamonds are disbursed, unscrupulously to serve the interests of a few. Masire admits he would never have entered into such deals with De Beers in these present times. That is not enough, Masire should own up to his mistakes and apologize to Batswana.
On the other hand, the BDP treasurer is reported in some local newspapers as having quashed reports that the party has been receiving some financial assistance from the mining company. This is despite the fact that De Beers has confirmed the reports. This goes to show the little regard our leaders have for the nation.
Instead of owning up to their underhand deals they now come up with all sorts of defense and denials. From the look of things, this is just the tip of the iceberg. I have reason to believe there are more shocking revelations coming.
As the beans are spilled, it would be more interesting to see how the current leadership reacts to these damning revelations. We also wait with bated breath to find out if they too are implicated in the deals as it appears the deals are a chain reaction.
Those who have the information should not be intimidated to come forth and tell all. Afterall they have nothing to lose now. If anything they are just fulfilling their obligations as responsible and repented citizens.
The political funding debate should be resuscitated at parliament. It would be interesting to see which BDP Member of Parliament would stand to oppose the move while they have been enjoying political funding through public funds at the hands of De Beers. If you give it a thought, we have never had fair elections in Botswana.
If allegations of De Beers funding are anything to go by, opposition parties stood no chance in all those elections because, at it were, they were not contesting against the BDP but rather De Beers, and with it’s financial muscle, which opposition party could have ever toppled De Beers, which fronted as BDP.
It is said that lies have short legs and this is exactly what we are witnessing now. It was bound to happen. Now the skeletons are tumbling out of the BDP closet. As all these shocking stories come out, we must, as a nation, be ashamed at ourselves because, obviously, the world is watching and listening.
We no longer have the moral fibre to condemn other African leaders because, honestly, and afterall we are just another African state not different from the rest. We await more breaking news and I bet Masire is not alone in this whole mess.
What a terrible blow to Masire’s legacy.