Author

Ryder Gabathuse
  • BDP: Influencing national dialogue

    Mmegi: Why do you think the government of President Mokgweetsi Masisi appointed a presidential commission of inquiry into the review of the Constitution?Mfundisi: First, we must acknowledge that the President has the constitutional mandate to...

  • A must-win for BDP

    Odds are already stacked against the warring opposition whose campaigns are characterised by attacks on each other rather than selling their stories to the expectant masses at the political rallies. For the longest time, the opposition campaigns...

  • Mamela: The rabble-rouser

    He often spews out politics of character assassination and mudslinging alongside those of bread and butter issues. To this Francistown-based veteran politician and former banker, politics is a calling. In fact, politics is his church. He has even...

  • Tsogwane plays ‘Russian roulette’ at Bophirima

    Just out of the blues, Tsogwane, who is also BDP chairperson told the party’s campaign rally, “if you are not going to vote for our woman candidate Onkemetse Mothei, that will be akin to committing Gender Based Violence (GBV).”The Botswana...

  • Internal feuding shrinks UDC power

    The stand off between the two political giants has become toxic and is apparently destroying the cohesive force that had brought the opposition parties together when most needed. The UDC is a tri-party consisting the BCP, BNF and the Botswana Peoples...

  • BCP, BNF turf battles rage on

    This follows unflinching decision taken by the Dumelang Saleshando-led central committee recently to contest a vacant Bophirima ward by-election outside the UDC arrangement, flagrantly violating the coalition protocols.Whilst the UDC might not take...

  • The shaky opposition coalition

    To the ordinary people, it does not make sense at all that such a powerful tri-party arrangement like the UDC which continues to give the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) a run for its money could be entangled in such unforgivable political...

  • Serame’s meteoric rise

    This Setswana proverb resonates very well with the words of former permanent secretary (PS) in the Ministry of Health and Wellness; Solomon Sekwakwa who from an early stage was able to foretell that Serame, Botswana’s new Minister of Finance and...

  • Trade unionism, politics Siamese twins

    As BLLAHWU, a public service trade union commemorates its 50th anniversary in September, its secretary-general Ketlhalefile Motshegwa has removed the ambiguity that often exists between trade unionism and politics.Other trade unions have produced...

  • By-elections: A boost for UDC confidence

    Out of 11 council by-elections last December, the UDC - a tri-party coalition comprising the Botswana National Front (BNF), Botswana Congress Party (BCP) and Botswana Peoples Party (BPP) - backed by two other opposition parties, the Botswana...

  • BLLAHWU’s 50 years journey

    Motshegwa told Mmegi in an interview yesterday that all was set for September when the union will commemorate its hard-earned achievements and challenges.The union started in 1972 as the Botswana Local Authorities Union or simply BLAWU until laws...

  • Elusive unity robs opposition

    Every election year seems to be crunch time for the opposition parties to change government, a feat that is now proving to be difficult to achieve. It has been the case of so near yet so far away for the opposition as the BDP continued to stamp its...

  • Masisi silences critics but...

    The President duly employed powers vested upon him to fire and hire Cabinet in an endeavour to silence his critics. There are, however, concerns from some quarters that he should not have fired in particular the Lobatse legislator, high performing...

  • The ever-stinking Tsholofelo East

    The sprawling suburb of Tsholofelo East lies a few minutes’ drive from the Gaborone city centreThe anti-climax of it all is that whilst the estate (Tsholofelo East Extension) is fast-growing into a go-to leafy suburb, there is a disturbing...

  • Khama on ‘self-imposed exile’

    Khama left the country under mysterious circumstances Monday this week whilst the DIS was waiting for him to hand his weapons at its office at Sebele following a demand by the agency for him to do so. There are fears that Khama has decided to remain...

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