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President Khama got the nation talking and the social media buzzing on Monday with claims that a survey has indicated that Batswana trust government media more than the private press.

KHAMA

The president uttered the controversial claims which attracted a roar of  laughter across parliament during his State of the Nation address, a response he reacted to by saying: ” I repeat !  I am also pleased to note that perception surveys continue to confirm that Batswana put their trust in BTV, Radio Botswana and the Daily News for accurate and responsible news and information. It’s a fact,” after a brief interruption from the house.

On Wednesday however  The Voice hit a snag in its attempt to find out which survey informed the president’s speech as government spokesperson Jeff Ramsay refused to disclose the source of President Khama’s perception survey.

“That is impossible, it is a private matter,” he said.

RAMSAY

Ramsay however went on to say that similar surveys have been conducted before which have shown public’s perception was in the favour of state media.

“There have been a couple of surveys, and you have to know that usually people carry out these surveys for their own purposes. All I can tell you is that a survey was conducted but I can’t tell you who did it,” he said.

Commenting on the president’s claims the Chairperson of the Editor’s forum and Sunday Standard Deputy Editor Spencer Mogapi said he was disappointed but not surprised by the President remarks.

“The President talked about a survey he could not disclose, but then again we all know his disdain for private media, so it was not a surprise at all,” said Mogapi who went on to lament what he described as the president’s deliberate polarization of the relationship between state and private media through his divisive comments.

“That was really unnecessary. In a way the President was trying to justify the continual glaring abuse of state media by his government,” Mogapi said.


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7 Responses to “KHAMA’S ‘CONFIDENTIAL’ MEDIA SURVEY SET TONGUES WAGGING”

  1. Total 2012/11/13

    You guys are unnecessarily speculating. The onus is on SKI to provide proof for his remarks, before then just consider as lying with a straight face in public. I mean if its a private survey and thus a private matter or whatever is being alluded to don’t announce it in public unless you can prove it. Some of these things are really getting to be sickening and disgusting and even alien to over native. I suspect congenital dissonance from the pair.

  2. Total 2012/11/13

    You guys are unnecessarily speculating. The onus is on SKI to provide proof for his remarks, before then just consider it as lying with a straight face in public. I mean if its a private survey and thus a private matter or whatever is being alluded to don’t announce it in public unless you provide proof. Some of these things are really getting to be sickening and disgusting and even alien to over native. I suspect congenital dissonance from the pair.

  3. christos4111 2012/11/13

    It’s amazing how Jeff Ramsay is always defending anything that comes out of the government in an almost rediculous manner, its also amazing how much he knows about the history of the country, he is always writing scholarly articles on sunday standard.

  4. cheerful 2012/11/13

    There seems to be this culture of hitting “a Snag” or a questionnaire not being responded to” (???) Perhaps the person who conducted the survey wants a pat on the back(!??) do not let this worry you just keep your chin up(!!)

  5. rouge 2012/11/15

    for a spokeperson this guy ramsay never says anything. koore ke ipotsa gore ene tiro ya gagwe ke go loba kana go phatlalatsa mafoko. he is useless tota, do knw why the media still bother asking him bout these things!

  6. Suprising indeed….but hey this is Botswana not America. There is no truth in that, most Batswana read sowetan and watch SABC than BTV, for our weather forecast we use our ovi maps and BBs. The truth is Batswana have no faith at all in gov media. Our gov. media is a joke and honestly a few who even care to glimpse it are a few who are eithe laughing the lies off of narrow minded. The truth is we are tired of people lying down to our faces. What Ramsay says here, lacks truth and lacks intergrity of the office he holds. We are simply tired and just watching the big boys club izikhothana playing. Our gov. has become a big boys club and to a lot of Batswana that’s really boring. Even gov. journalists will tell you how words are put into their mouth, they are simply frustrated by this Boy club. I wish we could have presidents they have in the u.s, those who can literally back their statements with fats, evidence and all that. How do u tell us of a survey and fail to disclose the details of the survey. Ke kopa Batswana ba ba neng ba tseneletse patlo maikutlo ba itshupe, I dont think there is any!

  7. cheerful 2012/11/16

    “Hit a snag” is presumably equivalent to “banging ones head against a brick wall” There will always be those who will agree with you and those that will disagree with you So put your chin up ! take it with a pinch of salt!! and just keep going!!

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