Spectre of relevance haunts SADC

In a series of editorials published last year, we condemned SADC for its paralysis in dealing with the various economic, developmental and political challenges facing the region.

We noted that the organisation had departed from the nobility of its yesteryear national liberation and anti-apartheid objectives and had instead become obsessed with non-critical back-patting and high-fiving among its political elites. Meanwhile the progression of economic, developmental and human aspirations lie unsatisfied, while several leaders continue to molest their citizens either through violence, the denial of democracy or the befoulment of the economy. Starting on Monday, technocrats began meeting in Gaborone ahead of the SADC Council of Ministers meeting set for this weekend.

Next Monday, heads of state of the member countries arrive for a summit at which the host, President Ian Khama will take over the chairmanship.

Editor's Comment
Happy Independence!

We are 56 years old and what do we have to show for it? Looking at where Botswana started and where it is today, there are a lot of developments, but whether the developments match the number of years we have enjoyed as a country is a topic for another day.The fact that cannot be denied is we have seen major developments, but we are still lacking in several pertinent areas.Our beautiful country imports almost everything. We import fuel, food,...

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