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BOTSWANA MOURNS A TRUE DEMOCRAT

BOTSWANA MOURNS A TRUE DEMOCRAT

Aug. 1 | GONE TOO SOON: Sir G IN AN ERA where money, power and egos rule, one wonders where he emerged from! ‘My son’ GomolemoMotswaledi is dead. Yes, this modest giant and an icon in Botswana politics was ‘my son’. We met in 2007 as adjudicators for the...

THEY STOLE OUR LAND

THEY STOLE OUR LAND

Jul. 25 | TWO MONTHS LATER: Dry dam cum excavation site NOW THEY STEAL WATER FROM FARMERS  When will we ever learn…? When they came into our tribal farming land, I raised concern. I wrote about the high electric fences which were springing everywhere in...

WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE

WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE

May. 23 | Botswana politics will never be the same ever again WITH OUR looming elections one would have thought the hype would be on party manifestos. PRESIDENT: Khama But not in our diamond clad country. The focus is on Duma Boko, the Botswana National Front’s...

WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE

WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE

May. 23 | PRESIDENT: Khama BOTSWANA POLITICSWILL NEVER BE THE SAME EVER AGAIN With our looming elections one would have thought the hype would be on party manifestos. But not in our diamond clad country. The focus is on Duma Boko, the Botswana National Front’s ...

NO, MR PRESIDENT THIS IS NOT RIGHT

NO, MR PRESIDENT THIS IS NOT RIGHT

Apr. 25 | We want our elections to be observed so that there are no comebacks. When I heard that Botswana was not participating in the South African (SA) elections, I dismissed it as just social network gossip. As a Commonwealth Observer, I participated in elections...

THE FACE OF POVERTY

THE FACE OF POVERTY

Mar. 14 | Homeless Ramadi laments her plight as she sends out an SOS for a house Maonyana Ramadi of Maseetsele in Moshupa was born to be poor. A daughter of poor parents with no education and nothing much to call their own, Ramadi, 55 already had her destiny cut...

African Leaders must learn from Mandela.

African Leaders must learn from Mandela.

Dec. 20 | AS ACCOLADES streamed from leaders worldwide, I wondered what African leaders drew from the legend that was Tata Madiba Nelson Mandela. Despite whatever flaws Tata Mandela may have, he remains the true embodiment of humility, peace, love, inspiration...

BOTSWANA NEEDS YOU

BOTSWANA NEEDS YOU

Nov. 29 | LEADERS OF THE OPPOSITION Put Botswana first, for once A FEW minutes after the last Ghetto was posted on facebook, it was seen by 13 600 people. But only eight (8) commented and one posted that he or she was afraid to comment. Come the 2014 elections...

I GIVE UP!

I GIVE UP!

Nov. 23 | My Country is crumbling around me. I am confused. Never before has Botswana been in this state. If it continues like this, the only comfort we get is that in 2018 power will change hands. Because Batswana are discontent. I appeal to ‘opposition’...

IT’S THEIR TIME

IT’S THEIR TIME

Nov. 15 | For a very long time Batswana treated politics like football. They were lured to vote with food hampers and in some cases cartons of Shake Shake. Now they ask. “What are you going to do for us…” And the difference then and now is the...

THE LAST CALL

THE LAST CALL

May. 31 | Mr-Solomon-Tute WE ARE LIKE A PEBBLE OF SAND I ANSWERED his call, in the middle of a meeting and whispered… I will call you back, I am in a meeting. After that meeting, another deadline and commitment arose. And I never made that call. I never...

UNDER SIEGE

UNDER SIEGE

May. 24 | PRESIDENT: Seretse Khama Ian Khama NO POWER, NO WATER TODAY IS my birthday. Never in these over five decades have i seen so much despondency in this country. Just when I thought Botswana was entering the era of civilisation, it seems the country has glided...

LET THEM TALK

LET THEM TALK

Nov. 2 | Ruffling feathers is good for democracy EXPOSE: The litigator is vocal about releasing the results of an investigation on corrupt practices in high places For a very long time Batswana mastered the art to suffer in silence. For ages they adopted apathy...

NOT AMUSED

NOT AMUSED

Oct. 15 | PRESIDENTIAL AWARD: I used this opportunity for a comment for a story. I travelled to Japan to beg for the candid 2010 interview with you. You didn’t even know that I had requested for that interview for over a year! I am not amused by the chaotic...

CRYING SHAME

CRYING SHAME

Sep. 2 | TOGETHER AT THE TOP: President Mugabe in a comfort zone I had the most traumatic trip to Zimbabwe recently, where the high level of corruption in that country shocked me. It is pathetic. I hate to talk about other countries as we have our own similar...

OUR TAX

OUR TAX

Jul. 6 | How supriced I was to see a five star place when I was looking for a typical Botswa­na hospital. The friendly nurses, signs of where srvices were evenan outdoor resting and eating place left me in shock. TAX WELL SPENT: Scottish Livingstone Hospital...

TO PLOUGH OR NOT TO PLOUGH

TO PLOUGH OR NOT TO PLOUGH

Jun. 16 | Our first attempt in 2007: In farming you win or you lose The seed to become a farmer came was first planted in 2007 when we ploughed a small garden in Marokolwane. We decided to plough two hectares and with the good rains, we reaped beyond our wildest...

VERY UPSET

VERY UPSET

Apr. 30 |  Alternative governance a dream  How can ‘opposition’ hang their linen in public  BDP laughing all the way to an election Victory My hopes for an alternative government are dashed. We thought in our lifetime we would see an alternative government....

NO MONEY, NO HOPE

NO MONEY, NO HOPE

Apr. 10 |   What a life! I have resorted to walk with my eyes down if I happen to visit a mall. I don’t want to see the desolation that is prevalent in peoples faces. The sombre and sad expressions leave my blood cold.What is it that has befallen a once...

WE LIVE IN INTERESTING TIMES

WE LIVE IN INTERESTING TIMES

Mar. 30 | It is so surreal. Unity Dow Everything is happening so fast. We embrace the gift of life  but most of all to be part of these interesting times. To say that the news that Unity Dow has joined the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) came as a shock...