The celebration of Independence in Gaborone

Brian Anderson
Brian Anderson

Only a few photos of the Independence celebrations seem to have survived - whether from Gaborone, which is particularly startling, or from other places in the country such as Ghantsi, Kasane, Maun or even Serowe.

Swaneng, at the latter, had a battery of volunteer teachers – surely some of them must have taken photos? But now Brian Anderson, formerly an Inspector in the Botswana Police, has started to send me some of the very important photos from his collection, which were taken in the years immediately before and after Independence.

Unfortunately they are all very low resolution because he does not possess a decent scanner – might the government regard it as an excellent investment to give him one?  - and sometimes  without adequate description. This particular photo, for instance, is a teaser. It shows the Chief Justice and his wife arriving at what is obviously the National Stadium – there being nowhere else at the time which looked even remotely similar. They are being escorted to their seats by Dingaan Mokaila – at a guess, the Chief of Protocol at the time - whilst Col. Bailey, Officer Commanding the Police, medalled and beribboned, stands statuesquely by the government vehicles. In the crowd at the left can be seen – depending  on the quality of reproduction – David Finlay, the President’s  personal private secretary, although the exact title of that post would need to be better pinned down.

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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