How money influences politics

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Since 1965, the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) has always dominated the political landscape partly due to massive financial support from Whites, Asians, and other businesspeople.Throughout its dominance, the BDP has used both State and private funding to overwhelm opposition forces that depended on their own self-generating sources of revenue.  Mmegi scribe, RYDER GABATHUSE looks at how money and the power that comes with having it, influences local politics

FRANCISTOWN: It’s not in doubt that money power continues to oil the wheels of political machinery within our shores, as it is the case elsewhere in the world. The power of money in politics becomes even more pronounced when politicians and political organisations prepare for general elections in particular.

In politics, there is a firm belief that a well-organised campaign is where money has been poured into campaigns.

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