Corrupt civil servants and politicians should stop stealing citizens' ideas

There seems to be a problem, generally with the way government handles information shared with it by enterprising citizen inventors and innovators.

On so many occasions, I have had people, young and old,  come to me grieving about how they sold an idea to government and how, subsequently, they learnt that the same had been embraced by government in favour of someone else. Some have even suggested that civil servants actually steal their ideas and pursue the same through proxies or for percentage cuts on the gains. This must get us all worried. Not so long ago, I consulted with one lady over a product that, according to her, they had researched and sold to government and which is now being pursued away from them.

The project, according to her, was being pursued using their intellectual and resource output and for that she did present some evidence. I spent a good hour listening to the lady and seeing her going through all the frustration of being betrayed by her own government and it was sad. Really sad, I must say. Only innovation will take us somewhere in enhancing citizen economic empowerment, creating employment and growing the economy. Nothing should be allowed to stifle it.

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Something ought to be done about deadly A3 Road

The accident which happened near Marapong village comes after yet another horrific accident which claimed 16 lives in July last year near Hubona. These stats don’t include other accidents where fatalities were not as many as the two.While several factors may have contributed to the two accidents and many others, many believe the biggest with that road is the bad state that the road is in. Unconfirmed reports in the most recent accident state...

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