Matome is just a scapegoat
WE HAVE written this before and we repeat it again — for as long as Botswana continues to catch Big Fish, let them go and appease herself with sardines, we are well on an advanced journey to hell.
Poor Joe Matome has been sentenced to serve a jail term. Five wasted years. The sad part is that Matome is just a scapegoat, the fall guy who become the ultimate sacrifice. We are not amused by this turn of events. One doesn’t have to be a rocket scientist to note a miscarriage of justice.
The whole country was abuzz as they watched events unfold on the case of the late Louis Goodwill Nchindo. On New year’s eve, 2007, while with some friends, former Debswana employees who worked with Joe in Orapa, like myself, we predicted the fate of the co-accused persons in the Nchindo case.
How sad that Joe decided to stick with Nchindo to the end while others turned state witnesses. The worst part of it is that Matome didn’t get shareholdings in the BIG companies in the graft case. His loyalty to his former Boss became his downfall.
This is totally unfair and all the corrupt Bigwigs are smiling as they sip sundowners at the expense of an innocent man in jail. This organised ‘Mafia style’ hit and run crime of pretending to crack down corruption while scratching the surface will catch up with Botswana one day.
She will find herself caught in her own mess because nothing lasts forever. We hope the Nchindo family, especially Garvas who was saved by his access to the billionaires of this country, will compensate Matome for his wasted jail time, in the name of goodwill. After all he (Matome) has taken the rap for his (Garvas’s) father, Nchindo. He is now the sole ‘culprit’ for defrauding Botswana of land and houses he doesn’t even own.
MOTLHALE ON TRACK
IF INDEED it is true that some Botswana Development Corporation (BDC) employees have become instant Millionaires, we applaud the efforts of MP Odirile Motlhale who brought this saga to the attention of the people.
Social networks ooze of the name Odirile Motlhale. He has become an overnight hero because Batswana are fed up as well as sick and tired of being taken for granted. With a failed Umbrella, due to greed and power hunger, we have no hope for the long overdue change of governance.
Really, when will our opposition learn? Do they sleep at night when they think of how they have misled Batswana and given the electorate false hope of a regime change? What a crying shame!
With the current financial recession, had the Umbrella formed one opposition party, incumbent President Seretse Khama Ian Khama was going to kiss the First Citizen’s chair goodbye. With our hopes dashed and our tails between our legs, we can only hope for the continuous exposure of corrupt officials and corrupt practices.
And who is better than the Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) for this! As a splinter party from the Botwana Democratic Party (BDP), BMD knows where some of the skeletons are buried.
If the BMD doesn’t rejoin the BDP, the only way to governance is through the formation of one opposition party and to expose the skeletons in the cupboards. We can’t wait to see a strong opposition party with a leader who can challenge Khama for Presidency.
And we can’t wait to see corrupt culprits brought to the book. This would be the foundation for a better democracy.