Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it

Mutlitudes of Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) activists descended into the cradle of party splits that is Palapye only to be locked out of a hotel transformed into a barracks. The invitation cried “party retreat”.

The reality though, an arrogant display of wilful political divide which walked unsuspecting members into a new culture of exclusion and hierarchy.

The architects of the retreat CAVA – a shadowy faction in this long season of political unease – delivered a rendition of the Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD)’s Bobonong Congress, but without dogs. Fully clad security guards manning meshed barricades blocked all entry points and turned away a poor, docile and inoffensive membership. The regimented occasion served as an instrument of suppression against those that sought to express contrary views. The romanticised channelling akin to that of cattle hurried into a crush began with a tedious process of accreditation kilometres away from the main venue.

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Women in Politics caucus NGO, a welcome development

In the 2014 General Election, women who stood for parliamentary elections were a mere 17 out of a total of 192 aspirants, and sadly the number dropped to 11 out of 210 parliamentary aspirants in the 2019 General Election. Hopefully, registration of the Women in Politics Caucus will give women the necessary support to join politics. While things were slowly improving, women for a long time were at the receiving end as compared to their male...

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