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BATSALO NTUANE
  • BNF presidency: A comparison of the Moupo, Boko tenures

    Save for the 1998 debacle where the late Kenneth Koma , founding father of the BNF, could not avert a split of the party, he had laid a solid foundation for opposition politics. Even during the late Sir Seretse Khama’s time, the BNF, “posed a...

  • How opposition squandered its chances for power

    It has been a long and tiring journey. And some of the war weary cadres have since jumped ship to join the party they had opposed with everything they had. The 55-year-old war has been generally an exercise in futility in so far as its objective of...

  • BDP rule: From Seretse to Masisi

    It did not make sense to think of any future for a small poor country geographically enveloped by powerful and hostile regimes diametrically opposed to principles Botswana cherished. It was a daring and audacious adventure for Botswana to disregard...

  • The undying opposition spirit

    The founding president had to walk a tight rope creating a balance between advocating cherished principles of justice, freedom, democracy, the rule of law and surviving propaganda, threats and acts of aggression perpetrated by neighbouring hostile...

  • BPF’s over-reliance on the Khama magic

    The late Sir Seretse Khama and the late Sethomo Masisi were at the helm of government in the trying formative days of Botswana’s sovereignty. For 10 years (2008-2018) Khama and Masisi seemed to have been brought together by destiny. Theirs sounded...

  • BDP factions integral part of the party

    But as soon as Seretse vanished from the political scene, cracks began to emerge in the party. It would appear the party was caught napping as it seemed that it had not prepared itself for life without Seretse. Even before Seretse was buried...

  • The people’s deferred, shattered dreams

    Within three years of Masisi’s reign, people have nothing to show except the burden of carrying a lot of un-kept 2019 promises.And more promises are still flowing. The latest made is the urgent creation of more millionaires to beef up the numbers...

  • A reflection on Reverend Tiego’s arrest

    There they go again- the apostles and functionaries of the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) led government have unleashed the whole might of State machinery to frustrate, stigmatise and denigrate a voice in the wilderness in the form of one of...

  • OP’s costly mistakes

    It was at a well attended kgotla meeting in Serowe to bid outgoing president farewell in 2018, that Khama confidently told the whole world that Botswana would be a better country to live in under Masisi's capable hands of Masisi. “Go tsile go...

  • Masisi’s Cabinet headache

    For the ruling party, it must have given President Mokgweetsi Masisi a bit of a headache to form a new Cabinet out of a stock of freshers, predominantly young and with little or no political experience. Perhaps it came as no surprise that even when...

  • BDP majority frustrates change

    Far from it, this is how best one can wrap up the ruling Botswana Democratic Party’s (BDP) disposition with respect to the views and motions from political rivals. In all fairness to the current generation of BDP legislators, this disposition is...

  • The ramifications of the BDP's presidential project

    Under the inspiration of their charismatic chief campaigner, President Mokgweetsi Masisi, the party with confidence spoke with no lack of effort about a “born again” BDP creature, distinct from the one Batswana had become accustomed to over 55...

  • Examining SADC’s transformational journey

    We pay lots of money to go there at the Security Council. We make speeches, we go home year in, year out and at the end of the day, the bosses in the Security Council say we shall never have the powers that we have as the permanent members”, said...

  • Changing political landscape could favour UDC

    Going into inventory of the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) one would realise that for a very long time since the reign of late former president Sir Ketumile Masire this country has been led by successive BDP governments formed by a deeply...

  • Assets Declaration Will Protect Legislators

    It would surprise Joy Phumaphi that 11 years after moving   the motion calling on legislators to register their assets and liabilities the train has still not reached the station.  At the time of its presentation the motion gained...

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