Author

Ryder Gabathuse
  • Departed educationist-cum-journo-cum-farmer interred

    KANYE: Born Keemenao Michael Mothibi some 57 years ago, the educationist-cum-journo-cum-farmer blended both rural and urban life well. His work life has seen him leave Gaborone after varsity to take up a teaching post in Maun, a village in northwest...

  • Troubles with voter registration

    “This shows that there is a problem with the national elections registration exercise under the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) as people still find a way of registering ineligible people,” Ramogapi alleges in an interview this week.His...

  • IEC, UDC case: A possible game changer

    From some quarters, Botswana’s elections have been hailed as free and not necessarily fair. To many, the elections registration case is indeed a clash of principles as the UDC claims to have experience from the 2019 General Election, which they...

  • Shepherding the cattle

    It was only one-way: The boys will immediately receive two or three strokes as a sharp reminder never to repeat it. This was the elders’ first line in many attempts to inculcate a sense of responsibility and accountability on the boys, for the...

  • DIS denies national polls meddling

    Mmegi: The opposition Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) has lately been worriedly repeating allegations that the DIS and the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) have been covertly helping the BDP to retain power with the 2019 General Election...

  • The battle for the South- (Part II)

    The passing of the baton of power to President Mokgweetsi Masisi by his predecessor Ian Khama in 2018, anointing his then favourite (Masisi) as the fifth State President has seemingly been an undisputable game changer in the party’s north-south...

  • Opposition’s elusive target

    In Botswana, the opposition has been failing to carry the hopes of the people by unseating the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) from the seat of power since 57 years ago. Botswana’s opposition parties have been largely struggling to put...

  • Slapping the ground with nxai

    The flowering of the trees that surely attract butterflies and insects generally announces the open season for the boys’ native games, which depend on the availability of certain select species of trees.A hawk-eyed rural boy would be able to...

  • The battle for the south

    For many years, the opposition was popular in Gaborone and surrounding urban places and major villages with the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) playing second fiddle including in other urban centres.The Botswana National Front (BNF), the main...

  • Mokwakwa: The boy's rough game

    Sometimes mokwakwa provided entertainment to the villagers although it often rubbed some the wrong way, especially those chased out of the territory. It was through this somewhat outlandish game that boys were able to defend their territory by...

  • Butale’s final fight

    Butale took the helm of the BPF in 2019, steering the then new kid on the political bloc. The attorney-cum-pastor-cum-politician’s initial stability crumbled when he fell out with the party patron and benefactor Khama. Shaken, Butale would never...

  • Life in the kotoisi

    Hopping between the spaces where I was raised at Boikago ward in Palapye and the kotoisi just a stone’s throw away from Lotsane River was an exciting experience that had already made the Palapye railway station my second home.The railway compound,...

  • Reliving Independence Day celebrations

    During our days as boys and girls, there were only two important places to visit on independence day: The village kgotla and your primary school. It was literally difficult to sleep on the eve of the Independence Day, thinking about the day’s...

  • The opposition’s waning fortunes

    Just for the background, outside the umbrella arrangement, one of the political parties touted to be focused, stable and very strong as a single entity, the Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF) has also witnessed bitter factionalism tearing it asunder.The...

  • Gov’t appointments fuse Reset Agenda

    The President Masisi-led government has seemingly been worried about the performance of certain departments and ministries to the extent that in the past there was a strong feeling that the public service was awash with some individuals hell-bent on...

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