WAVING THE ex-BDF FLAG: Gomolemo Motswaledi

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.”

BCP PRESIDENT: Saleshando

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.

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NyobiNyobi

The time we have been waiting for is here, 2014 is too far, we need change, sooner than later. Early Elections.

Vuyani Manele

Ppls mr president resign just for the sake of the masses and the country. just swallow the pride people dont need you anymore

Nnana

Maybe Silence is golden. Also Beata, what makes you think that after the opposition takes over, P100 will buy a month’s grocery? What makes you think that? I think sometimes we make this empty questions without thinking about the overall capitalist mentality. there is now way which ever party comes in will make grocery any cheaper especially that Botswana is not a producer or manufacturer of goods and raw materials. And if it were to manufacture goods or food, how will it compete with the South African markets, considering Botswana population and our penchant for South African food.I get that… Read more »

tsafendas kgaka

mma kasale,who i respect with all in me, this time has it all wrong. the electorate have nothing to do with the current political goings on…the people spoke in october, now the factions are speaking in the winter of 2010. m.p defections cannot be misinterpreted to mean that the electorate want change.she talks of opposition unity as an imperative…well and fine, it has always been. but the real issue here to a motswana is not taking out the bdp by all means necessary.bmd is still bdp in policies and political orientation,so to form a coalision with it wud be detrimental… Read more »

ntatemogolo

usual people needs 2 be treated fairly.if start treating people unfairly they wil start working against u.

Sirporl

@ Nnana u got it rite u v a point…

Chris M

Seriously Beata, what sort of change should we expect or do you envisage? To do what for us? Based on what? How would any of these people have made a difference on issues you highlighted? What kind of government can come out of their unity? What common policy binds them together for us to expect an effective government should they form some sort of coalition government? Look at Ukraine and Thailand for making a terrible mistake when making a change based on hubris and kneejerk reaction! They regretted doing it badly! I’m sure you know what subsiquently happened! We need… Read more »

Onkx

I hav a strong believ ya gore hane gotwe mohla o etla,nego tewa wa gompieno,batho re setse re lapile & this is the time 4 change or else…

kayzar

Well said Beata. Tota let there be change!!!

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THE ONLY PERSON WHO CAN LEAD BOTSWANA IN THE NEARE FUTURE,SHOULD BDP GIVE WAY KE BCP:SHALESHANDO.IF ONLY HE DOES NOT BE CARRIED AWAY KE MODUMO WA BMD,O KA TSWELEDISA FA BDP E EMENG TENG.AS FOR ANYONE A TSWA MO BDP A ILE BMD,THEY ALL SHOULD FORGET KA GO NNA PRESIDENT.I MEAN LOOK AT THOSE FACES TO START WITH,SEE THE DIFFERENCE.SHALESHANDO O KA BATLA GO MMONA A LE MO PALAMENTENG,A TSHWANTSHITSWE MO MADING A O REKENG KA ONE,MOTSWALEDI SHOULD JUST CONTINUE KA GO OPELA,HIS MOUTH IS ALREADY OPEN FOR THAT.LEGONE A OPELE DIKOPELO.

Normshell

ha ha ha BDP e ta busa go ya go ileng, ga lwa re bo president ga bo tswalelwe, jaanong jwa BCP ke eng ijooooooooooooooo

Nnan

“Her people are angry, hungry and frustrated. One hundred Pula can’t buy much. Batswana are baying for blood. Whose blood?” Is it really her people, or BMD members, the opposition, the media that is questing for President Khama’s head or the elitist in Gaborone and Ftown, who feel with the Khama presidency, some of its monopoly came to an end? Cause, i doubt if the average Motswana wants Ntuane as president? Gape I am intrigued with the hype surrounding Motswaledi, what exactly has he done to show himself as a capable leader? has he said anything of significance? And what… Read more »

tumi

Change is a very difficult aspect to rather face than admit,but change in its on way has effects on both ends.Who makes up the future of this country? isnt it the youth?Even so why do people want to oppress their feelings and isolate their ideas??? Bathong instead of taking pleasure in this messed up political streak we need to dig deep into our minds and start searching for what it is that we really want and how we are going to achieve that.Dont think for only yourself at this moment in time,think about your kids,your granchildren and the generation of… Read more »

nkadzi

@Tumi, “Who makes up the future of this country? isnt it the youth?” And I write as a youth, I am appalled by this constant reference to the youth. For it is beginning to be constructed on a discontinuity between the adults and the youth. I don’t doubt that we the youth can contribute to the development of Botswana, but I question this seemingly discontinuity. The youth can work alongside those who walked before us, those with wisdom and experience. There ought to be no separation but a continuum and that is what the youth are missing. What will youth… Read more »

Nnana

And @Tumi, what will the youth be building this nation into?

Please enlighten me.

zonicah

Motswaledi a busa bomang tota…[email protected] i love your points. BDP forever..a e jeke

lenyoloi

waii!!gatwe a e jeke,e jeka eng?e rusitsi ebile ewa diparts,viva orange viva!!!!!

lenyoloi

waii!!gatwe a e jeke,e jeka eng?e rusitse ebile ewa diparts,viva orange viva!!!!!

Popo

I just hope that all Batswana who are making noise about this newly formed party will vote ka 2014. One thing that i have realized ke gore batho bana le go digela batho ka lemena bone ba sala konte, gompieno bare ba bata go kopana mme batsweletse ka go tikana ka mafoko gompieno ba BNF bane ba sota Modubule ka weekend bare he joined Botswana Moving for Domkrag ka dithopho tsa bone. Nna ke bata bare thatolosetse gore ha ba wina dithopho president e ya go nna mang mo borarong jo, Boko, Motswaledi kana Shaleshando?

beata k

@Nnana…Please read between the lines…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.
I mean that the opposition may for now blame everything on the ruling Party and President..
But the electorate will ask them what changes they are bringing when they realise it is the same good old wine and the same songs

beata k

@Chris… Nnaka…BDP assumed power when I was five years old. We need to put another government to task and my plea is a united opposition. Kana Botswana politics is a joke but I believe in the muddle, there is something to be reaped but five years in power is not asking for to much.

Desoprano

The time 2 change is here, have been so long re sufara. Go itshupile gore ke bokhutlo jwa DOMKRAG.

Nnana

@Beata k, thanks for your response. I think your response hits well on some of my sentiments. The opposition has no solid domestic policy. Mmegi friday 7/30, there is an opinion piece by one frequent writer, who concludes that all the opposition parties have a similar economic policy, which is very socialist and it is also similar to the one BDP has. Nna I don’t mind a change of governance, but I want a concrete government, I want a government that will give me better values than BDP…and as much as I believe change is inevitable, BDP has done well,… Read more »

Chris M

Yes,B, we need a change and long for it! But we need a change for the right reasons that are seen by all and that make sense when subjected to independent scrutiny! We don’t have any of that whatsoever! These political parties are not offering alternative governments, Beata! They are as good as protest groups like you and i can form one and go to the streets! That is the sad reality of our politics! Otherwise where are the alternative solutions to the myriad of our problems to compare with those of BDP and debate about? A change just for… Read more »

Nnana

@Chris, you are so on point. I fully share your sentiments.

What a interesting topic you have here. Hoping you post more.

MOKAEDI

“Leadership is an …is an attitude”. I think i like your Secretan. Before BDP(especially the leadership) knows that their attidtude is more important than their IQ, they’ll have lost a lot. Why attitude? B/c you are not alone in this planet(country)-there are many other egos out there apart from your own,all fightin for recognition.

This one is from me. The leader(‘s ego) is a parasite, the people(‘s) are the host. When the host dies so does the parasite.

GetFilthyRich

All the people who got their mouths open yelling “change” What exactly is you yapping about!? You talkin change from what to what.I am honestly tired of reading some foolishness like this whole political propaganda is all a joke,why don’t you just shut your yap if u got nuttin sensible to say!!? Right now i am tryin to think how does one get govt sponsored to go to college then along the way its like the Dept does not care about the same peeps it has invested on!? There is so much nonsense goin on,Can i pls think 4 a… Read more »

Aubza Ceaze

watch the space people—-“Mr Ian Khama joins BMD”….The Voice reports.

How does an avarage motswana define leaders who dosn’t put the intrest of the mass first.The ruling party and opposition should talk of empowering their people,we will chose again.What has occured has derailed BDP ,it’s now useless.Most people who love it live in stress.

ntsa ya pheke

@nnana… kana ke itse fa o tla o le wa ntlha ko polling stationg o ile go etlhopha yone. fa o huhula jaana o tsholeditse eng golo fo nne motho, baya fa fatshe tlhe bogolo.

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Father to son is continuity not New Era.

polotiki ke nywana..ere jesa sebono…

Popny

go balabala ga ngwana ga se botlhale mme fa motho a leka oa rotlhoediwa gore a gole,n go lebeletswe mabaka e seng ale mo dikolotong.Banana ke bao ba leka a re ba sekasekang re bone gore a mme ke modumo fela kana gona le bokamoso.

kgosi

@nnana,bdp ya le gatelela nd u even know it urself.so u want to see tht ur soul cold president is not doing things acodinly until he turns botswana to a desert like zimbabwe???

R

NNA GUYS IF ANYONE TURNS MY COUNTRY INTO SHIT I SWEAR ILL FUCK HIM UP, I WAS BORN AND RAISED IN PEACE, IF YOU GOT ANTI-PEACE MENTALITY THEN GO TO YOUR OWN COUNTRY OR GO WHERE THEY DONT LIKE PEACE, FUCK OFF
MOTSWANA GA SE NTWA DUMELA

Juice

Stop complaining about the President and work for yourselves guys. people should try to get the philosophy of poloticts clearly. Even if Sleshaddo can be our next pesidnet there will still be problemms….

Nox

Like ur style Lenyoloi

nico

Hei it is very interesting that people seem to forget that BCP suffered a heavy loss at the hand of BNF and BDP when the MPs defected with their seat from the BNF and yet the masses who voted them thought they were BNF.This history will repeat itself this time again.If indeed the people have decided to change why can’t the MPs resign and go for an election and get to be elected in the name of BMD???? All of them know what will happen that is BDP will capture back its seats because the masses only know the BMD… Read more »

bbty

Beata, please your name sounds like BEATER.
by the way back to your topic. Change to what dear? Maybe you could give us detailed article stating,WHAT,WHEN,HOW facts.Maybe we will vote sm1 else from opposition,Maybe Saleshando but Boko And Motswaledi will be like throwing your last piece of bread to birds.
Rona ordinary Batswana are mad @ Motswaledi, Boko & Pilane for messing our peaceful country.