SONA and Botswana’s national security concerns

On Monday November 14, 2022 the President of the Republic of Botswana, His Excellency Mokgweetsi Masisi gave a State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the Parliament buildings where he touched on a number of socio- economic and political issues.

The address by the President was anchored on some main themes namely Sustainable Economic Development, Human and Social Development, Sustainable Environment, Governance, Peace and Security and International Relations. It is within the context of Governance, Peace and Security that this piece shall attempt to respond to the State of the Nation Address.

This is because the national security threats facing Botswana have become so complex in recent years that these kinds of threats need some serious introspection from the political leadership and the right strategic interventions in order to mitigate them.

Editor's Comment
Implement the recommendations Mr. President

The nation is eagerly awaiting this report to have a glimpse of what the recommendations are like, possibly for further debate. Mr. President, it’s our ardent hope that true to your promises, the public will have an opportunity to peruse the report and see if it reflects their interests as the Commission went around the length and breadth of the country collecting views of the people with some choosing to write to the Commission’s...

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