Public poll

The results of an opinion poll drawn from a wide sample in four centres across the country have revealed a waning of President, Ian Khama Seretse Khama ‘s popularity as many expressed strong disapproval of the  way he has been handling the nation of late.

Out of  over 1000 people polled in Selebi-Phikwe, Maun, Gaborone, and Francistown  65% said they strongly disapproved of  the way the president was running the country, with many citing their displeasure over his approach to the civil service strike as the main reason for their loss of confidence in the man they formerly loved.

Many of those who strongly disapproved of Khama’ style of leadership said that  they felt that his passing of remarks about the ongoing strike at Kgotla meetings in villages instead of facing the unions head to resolve the impasse has brought a sense of anxiety among the citizenry who have been left guessing and worried about when and how the whole stand off between the two concerned parties would end.


Meanwhile the poll has also revealed  that the strength  of Khama’s Party is varied. In Selebi-Phikwe , where Khama was strongly disapproved of the most,(61%) his party, the BDP  lead in popularity with 46%   ahead of the BCP, which emerged second with 37% and BMD trailing behind with 17%. There were no takers for the BNF in Phikwe.

Although weak in Selebi-Phikwe ,BMD has however according to the poll made serious inroads in Gaborone where it was shown to be ahead of the pack with a  34.8% approval rating followed by the BCP with 27% and the BDP at 26.8% while 11.4 of those polled said that if the country was to go to the polls tomorrow they would  vote for the  the BNF.

The strongest party right now  is the  BCP, the poll has revealed as majority of those polled  in Maun 43% and in Francistown, 40% plus many in the other two centres said that if elections were to be held  tomorrow they would go for the BCP while the  BNF has been revealed to be the weakest link, in the envisaged opposition coalition.


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is dis Khama’s hair colour??…batho jaanong ba mo sotla le ditebego tota, or maybe i just didnt realise he is dis old!!


politics e a tsofatsa


heelang gatwe Rre Ian o jewa ke stress sa eng? damet he luk so old lyk mi grand grandpa…


Go maswe, moriri o turna grey.


The voice ga le e itse, ke bone ba colourileng moriri wa mogolo….le raya gore moriri o ka thunya jaana? Hayibo!!


Unfortunately that is how the cookie crumbles.


Go maswe jaanong fa o bona afro e e thunya jaana


Dipalo tse ha ke di bona jaana, ha e le gore di a go nna jaana go tsena 2014 re ya go bona motshameko o o kgathang thata ko dithophong. Ebile ha ke tswala matho le akanya 2014, ke bona kesi e na le jeke e khubidu, e ya ko tase. Moruti o raya batho a re go tshelwe mmu go opelwe sehela. Batho ke ha ba opela: MO TLOGELENG A TSAMAYE, TIRO YA GAGWE O E WEDITSE. Go tewa Domkrag. Ha ba sa baakanye makgaphila a a dirahalang gompieno a, go ka naa ga dirahala jaana. At this moment… Read more »


It cannot be an easy time for the president. I just cannot believe how our president can be so out of touch with his people. It also shows lack of understanding of our way of life. How can he go to the villages & start slamming the civil servants. Doesn’t he understand that most of those people in the villages have atleast 1 member working in the government who in turn support them financially. Illiteracy in these villages is saving him more embarrassment. You cannot improve the lives of the poor by denying other sections of the society. Khama has… Read more »


also our president should avoid using setswana as his communication medium, he is not good in setswana and his message comes out as rude and i believe he doesn’t mean to be. Take a case when he says “..batho ba rwele ditsebe, mme ga ba utlwe..”

Chris M

It wont be members of political parties who will decide the outcome of the election. It will be the independent voters, the majority! These are the people who care about Botswana, not parties or politicians. These are the people who know what the reality is. They know that Khama never refused to increase salaries. They understand the reasons given for delaying it. You will do well to tell us which leader will consume P2 billion annually when Botswana is in this level of debt after recession and tell us what is wise about that. If the government plan of having… Read more »


@Chris M, since the government decided to take money off my pockets without my will during this painful recession, now i demand that they give me back my money through a 16% increase, is that asking too much?.If they tell me there is no money, why are they spending money on things that can wait until after recession?. I wish people in villages were more literate but unfortunately that is not the case, its not me Chris, its the study of literacy level in Botswana. Villagers have more illiterate people than towns & cities, its a painful fact. Maybe this… Read more »

Chris M

Ty_M, do you realize that Botswana fared far better than many nations during recession because of government decision to cushion the nation from its effects? By doing that we incurred a debt that we need to get out of if we are to have a future? Do you realize that events threatening our recovery are gathering in nations that will send us into another disaster, and if we are caught in debt by that, then we will have no choice but accept really painful austerity measures we were shielded from? ( Japan is in recession following disaster there, the US… Read more »

Dithata + bothata = Mathata???


@Chris M, I totally agree with your last posting except on your bottom up approach to the economy. What i am simply saying is let this be a lesson to us. Our economy has received a battering yes but during this difficult period let us all show restrain and avoid sending wrong messages. Hopefully the government & civil servants will find a compromise & we can all get on with building our country. Get me right, president Khama is trying his best & i truely believe he means well for the country but unfortunately his hardline approach is not consistent… Read more »


excuse my typos but guess you understand. words like “..point a figure at / ..point a finger at”


Its alright to have a winge about the person at the top – what about the advisors? are they doing their job? Are they the right people around the person? Are they TRUSTWORTHY? pROBABLY YES SIR everything is going fine in front of the person and when the back is turned it is a different Story? Like the rest of the continent the Very Top Needs TO SACK NON PERFORMERS. When you encourage someone to join politics be seen to be there to advise them when things go wrong dont just isolate them- shadow them


It would be interesting to know how the Tourism Industry is fairing remember it generates income and what is going on is not good


You should look at all leaders they start of fresh and end up looking stressful
Shouldering internal responsibilities as well as trying to resolve external ones especially in a continent like africa is not a joke
hello “Life is a journey not a destination” we will all have grey hairs at one stage !


Medical staff in hospitals throughtout Africa are known for their rudeness to patients Try that in a developed country you will be SACKED because the patients have the right to make a complaint of incompetent staff- if they are not rude they are known to pilfer medication that is supposed to for the patient


“our president should avoid using setswana as his communication medium”
If a person is not good a communicating in a particular Language surely SOMEONE WHO HAS A HEART WOULD OFFER TO TEACH THEM THE CORRECT WAY TO SPEAK
And when they speak in English i Bet someone will have a MOAN – never ever satisfied

Chris M

Cheers Ty_M. This discourse is very informative and you too are a superb contributor. I totally agree with you there that the rich people of this country are doing very little with their wealth to help build the private sector we desperately need. The reason western nations, unlike us, could afford public sector job loses over the recession is that they have well established private sector that could hire some of those laid off people. Without any doubt, if we can work hard to build a robust private sector, this nation of 2 million people will eliminate poverty. That is… Read more »

Chris M

I urge all of you to go and read Sandy Grant’s Etcetera II in today’s issue of Mmegi to see sound thinking and reasoning!


Sandy’s contribution is a good read though it lacks a grasp of how our institutions work. Botswana’s business is shrouded in secrecy that you will never have information unless you are close to power. Right now it is speculative, this is why unions are basing their arguments on government spending. The opposition parties have complained in the past that they cannot even make a counter budget because government is protective of our economic indicators. How does he expect civil servants to know whether we truly have or haven’t money. It seems people forget quite easy and it is a shame… Read more »


oooh one more thing on Sandy’s article, the fact that the unemployed will not benefit or disagree with this demand doesn’t have any bearing on its justification. As much as some of us who have been rejected by CEDA doesn’t in anyway rubbishes the scheme. When the money is taken off the pocket of the middle class through electricity levy to subsidy the village connections, do this people like losing their money?, maybe not but atleast they understand something has to give. Problems are usually addressed with specific target groups & why should civil servants need approval of the unemployed.… Read more »


Too much beaurocracy on the continent
despite advanced technology it would get the top award for it!!! One has to make too many follow ups when doing business with the continent. The people on the other end do not bother to make a respond!!!!

Referring back to” our president should avoid using setswana as his communication medium” it is all about connecting with the audience Oh my Goodness!!!


@cheerful, unfortunately politics is a cutthroat market, one man’s woes is another man’s happiness, forget this good heart mantra. When the president is addressing serious issues, it will do him good to do that in english, the language he masters better. This is not new, Batswana are already used to english with translation addresses, Mogae did it too but for other reasons but in our current case Khama should take advantage of this already existing norm. Our president shouldn’t be a fodder for comedians & critics for political advancement. Lately he has been accused of being sexist due to things… Read more »

Chris M

Well, Ty_M, you are just being disingenuous and avoiding issues on Sandy Grant’s article. We already see some of the things he aptly and sagely pointed to. Politicians in Botswana abandon good principles when they think it suits them forgetting that they are teaching people how to behave and the same behaviour will be shown to them down the line. These opposition leaders engage in personal attacks without stating what the situation is and how they plan to address it and let people decide who will likey do better. Instead they avoid that altogether but engage in character assassination of… Read more »


@Chris M, lets agree to disagree on some of this issues. I respect your views. Cheers.


Tota gone kgang kgolo ke go buisana’yes the president has to speak with those unions. mme fela toro e e mo thevoice ya dipalo yone ga ena go fetoga nnete.I wiil be pleased if my fellow citizens would learn how to respect for the president.Le lona ba kganetso la re re tle re le fe tlotla e e tshwanang le e le e fang tautona fa go ka diragala phoso la bona puso.


bagaetsho are re tlotle tautona wa rona. re itse fa a le motona, ke eng re sena thopo mme re thompa batsadi ba rena. ebile o motona mo batsading ba rona. the voice ga le dire sentle, what is the main reason for changing his hair? this man need peace too


@Marylo. A mme ga motho a tsofetse ke phoso ya The Voice? He is in a hot chair my dear. Have you ever realised even Barrack Obama’s hair has greyed quickly? Ga se motshameko boeteledipele bo bokete because everybody looks up to you when you are the country’s number 1.