Khama�s five Ds: A flop


Upon assuming office in 2008, President Ian Khama introduced his roadmap hinged upon the five Ds-Democracy, Discipline, Dignity and Development, with the fifth D for Delivery introduced a year later after Botswana’s 10th general elections. Mmegi Staff Writer RYDER GABATHUSE writes that Khama’s roadmap, which was apparently his pointers of delivery meant to guide his term of office, has failed to deliver the desired results.

When President Khama took over the reigns of power in 2008, he promised to continue the democratic tradition of Botswana by allowing the country to continue existing as a shining example of democracy. He promised that he would not change much in terms of the national vision.

There was a lot of hype about Khama’s Five Ds in the early days of his term. But the hype has died away leaving many questions about the viability of the roadmap even before the President’s term ends in 2018. When he was the vice president with former president Festus Mogae as his principal, Khama raised the bar of government projects implementation and supervision.

Editor's Comment
Khama should desist from dirty campaigns

However, as a newspaper, we want to raise few disquiets for the umpteenth time with Khama, of course, and remind him that the country that he is robustly de-campaigning is now feeling the pain of his harm. Batswana need Khama to use his conservationist credentials to good use and benefit a country that is working so hard to achieve the high-income status by diversifying its economy away from diamond reliance.Khama has played his part unobstructed...

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