Botswana is in political chaos
My ink has been dry and my keyboard silent over the past weeks as I watched a new era unfold. There is an unexplained hype as MP after MP defect from the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) to the newly formed splinter party, Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD).
Have the electorate awoken from a long slumber and decided that the days of apathy are over? Whatever the answer is, one thing is for sure, things are not what they seem. And all is not well in diamond rich Botswana.
Her people are angry, hungry and frustrated. One hundred Pula can’t buy much. Batswana are baying for blood. Whose blood?
The sacrificial lamb is none other than the incumbent President, Lt. General Seretse Khama Ian Khama. He is the target. Amidst all this disarray, the country’s highest power is silent and refusing to give the nation his voice. It is high time the President talks to us the people, the media and the country.
He is answerable to the masses since he is not only the leader of the BDP, but of a nation, the country! Although he is meeting with the grassroots, he forgets to interact with the rest of the country. We want to hear what the President has to say to all this chaos.
Lance H.K. Secretan, an author, independent management consultant, and coach and keynote speaker describes Leadership as not so much about technique and methods as it is about opening the heart.
“Leadership is about inspiration—of oneself and of others. Great leadership is about human experiences, not processes. Leadership is not a formula or a
program, it is a human activity that comes from the heart and considers the hearts of others. It is an attitude, not a routine.”
He continues: “More than anything else today, followers believe they are part of a system, a process that lacks heart. If there is one thing a leader can do to connect with followers at a human, or better still a spiritual level, it is to become engaged with them fully, to share experiences and emotions, and to set aside the processes of leadership we have learned by rote.”
I agree with Secretan who is best known for his work in leadership theory and how to inspire teams. Maybe our country’s leadership needs a Secretan, to inspire our beloved country into the diamond she is. We have three political parties with three brand new leaders… The latest, Duma Boko, leads Botswana’s oldest opposition in Parliament, BNF.
His appointment came laden with controversy, lawsuits and promises to take a bullet for the beloved leader by some of his followers.
We have Dumelang Saleshando leading BNF’s splinter party, the BCP. Last but not least is Gomolemo Motswaledi at the helm of a party that has changed Botswana’s political landscape, the BMD.
The formation of the BMD is a sheer indication that all is not well in our diamond clad country. This can’t be waved aside as another splinter party that will split votes. The BMD has thrown the country and the nation into an era. The BDP, in her 44 years in power, has suffered a massive and unexpected blow. This BDP catastrophe makes the 1998 BNF split a joke.The time for opposition unity is now. This is the last chance the opposition will probably ever have, to cash on the BDP’s grief to form an alternative government.
Our fingers are hurting from pounding the keyboard talking about the same issue and voice, year in and year out.
Batswana are not going to sit and wail that the incumbent President is a Dictator forever. The next question they will ask, when they realize that P100 still does not put food on the table will be, what does the opposition offer? Was it empty promises? they will ask.
If the opposition fails to use the wounded BDP as an opportunity to unite and assume power now, they should kiss the dream goodbye. This is time to plan and strategise.
We are surprised that there are some quarters in the opposition who still raise dissenting voices on the issue of unity. Do they think Batswana are fools who will sing political slogans, forever? No, No, not at all.