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Tuesday 17 October 2017, 13:02 pm.
Fri 13 Oct 2017, 12:49 pm
This week was an international commemoration week against the death penalty. I have never hidden my disdain for this useless and evil punishment. Make no mistake about it...
Fri 06 Oct 2017, 12:34 pm
I am reminded of one morning, in my civil service years. Sitting in my office, I got instant orders to board a car for Sejelo Police Station. It was at the height of the ...
Fri 29 Sep 2017, 10:35 am
Enough with opposition politicians. These guys have undeservedly dominated every newspaper publication for weeks, if not months. Every headline has been about their egos,...
Fri 22 Sep 2017, 15:45 pm
It never rains but pours in the opposition. Another party is in the offing, painting the political landscape with all the colours of the rainbow. Before long, we might mo...
Fri 15 Sep 2017, 13:24 pm
Angola has been ruled by one man since 1979. Just so you have it in perspective, the man has ruled that country longer than Robert Mugabe has ruled Zimbabwe. Until recent...
Fri 08 Sep 2017, 16:47 pm
A follower of this column sent me an email some time ago asking if I would comment on the localisation of the Court of Appeal (CoA) bench. He wanted to know, precisely, w...
Fri 01 Sep 2017, 14:25 pm
Governments have, in and of themselves, no redeemable constitutional right. Only constitutional authority and powers incidental to governance. A government without credib...
Fri 25 Aug 2017, 16:13 pm
The legal fraternity wails in grief. Grief so thick, it could snow. The “warp and woof of mystery, misery and death” holds siege every inch of legal thought and space. It...
Fri 18 Aug 2017, 15:46 pm
Each time someone makes headlines for the wrong reasons, I pause to think more about them, and their loved ones.
Fri 11 Aug 2017, 15:32 pm
I have two problems with my government. One regards public expenditure, which I think has moved from insane to plain headless, and you guessed right; the EVM. Curtailing ...
Fri 04 Aug 2017, 14:55 pm
Congratulations to Bafi Nlanda on his appointment as Receiver, to Stephen Tiroyakgosi on his appointment as Director of Public Prosecutions, to Abraham Keetshabe on his h...
Fri 28 Jul 2017, 16:15 pm
Years ago, I was a member of a team considering possible charges against some suspects. We worked hard combing a jungle of documentary evidence, drafting and debating the...
Fri 21 Jul 2017, 15:29 pm
The past week, social media was ablaze with commentary on the bloodbath that was the Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) Congress. The showdown was perfectly foreseable...
Fri 14 Jul 2017, 17:08 pm
Back in the good old days, in my home village, an approaching police van was always a subject of great interest. Substitute it for a police motorbike, and the local boys ...
Fri 07 Jul 2017, 18:08 pm
In the waning months of a venerable presidency, he had the grace to extend a farewell visit to the University of Botswana (UB) community of which I was a part of.
Fri 30 Jun 2017, 19:03 pm
An arrest is not bad for the singular reason that it interferes with a constitutional subject’s freedom of movement. It can have dire reputational consequences and can be...
Fri 23 Jun 2017, 15:20 pm
It is that day when you’ve been invited by the police, or the Directorate of Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC), for an interview. No, not a job interview.
Fri 16 Jun 2017, 18:18 pm
Governments wield immense coercive powers. Such are vested, generally, in a multiplicity of law enforcement agencies.
Fri 09 Jun 2017, 16:15 pm
At a crowded bus station, a young woman is brutalised by a crowd of thoughtless thugs. She is stripped of whatever little she is garbed with and cast naked into the stree...
Fri 02 Jun 2017, 15:17 pm
The Court of Appeal’s (CoA) Ramantele decision compares, favorably, with the best legal writings to have come out of that court. Its logic is brutal and often, spellbindi...
Fri 26 May 2017, 15:12 pm
I was on the verge of writing something on the magistracy when one media person asked if I had a view on media endorsement of political party candidates.
Fri 19 May 2017, 12:27 pm
Every first week of February, while the law society staff are polishing the roll of non-compliant attorneys, the Chief Justice and his charges are preparing for the openi...
Thu 11 May 2017, 17:12 pm
I am temporarily off Facebook. Beware. Facebook consumes precious time better spent on real relationships. This week I almost reconsidered though. I am missing out on Maj...
Fri 05 May 2017, 15:30 pm
Hello! “So, what would you be writing about?”, my friend asked, his eyes trained on me like a laser beam.
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