The Rise and fall of 'Our man in Maboane': A chronology of graft: same story, different cast

1990 was a peaceful year. Germany reunited after 45 years of separation. Nelson Mandela was freed. Football fraternised at Italia ’90.

In faraway Peru, the Inca looked to neighbours Colombia for some World Cup joy as little known Alberto Fujimori’s reform agenda ushered power on a wave of public enthusiasm. Fujimori claimed two major early successes: ending terrorist insurrection and sparking economic growth. The international community rejoiced. By Fujimori’s side stood a shadowy figure, Vladimiro Montesinos.

As head of the intelligence service, Montesinos exercised unique influence. Fujimori ruled in name, Montesinos behind-the-scenes. Peru’s government became ever more authoritarian extending executive influence over the judiciary, the military and the legislature.

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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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