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Leadership Failure Should Not Be Glorified

We need to accept as a nation that leadership in Botswana has reached a melting point. As a nation we need serious introspection to avert a total collapse of what has been a strong symbol that defined us and separated us from the rest.

We have observed that over time, signals were becoming very clear that the foundation that formed this nation was challenged as the new leadership style of nepotism, entitlement, corruption and stealing was ushered in with little resistant.

Leadership failure is visible in both the public and private sectors. We are shocked but not surprised by what happened at the Botswana Movement for Democracy Congress. 

The entire leadership should accept the failure and honestly introspect. We would like to go back on memory lane to show the leadership failures we are referring to so that we make sense to most people.

The Gantsi congress that ushered in the, then leadership was the source of all problems.  We were told that the majority of the team that was elected was not working together cordially.

  We know since that congress trouble has been brewing at an alarming rate with no reprimand from the leadership, then if this is what to expect in future we are in serious trouble as a nation.  Leadership is an honour not an entitlement. Leadership is visionary.

Leadership is the ability to see possibilities. Leadership is the ability to embrace even your opponents. All these are tenants of good leadership.  Botswana Development Corporation (BDC) has announced that it needs P10 Billion to fulfil its mandate. The biggest surprise with this request is that as per their business model they want to create about 25,000 jobs. 

The first point we all miss is why BDC was created. BDC was to be a vehicle that all Batswana should use to create wealth for themselves and the

Country. How many Batswana are accessing BDC and using it? Statistics don’t lie. The model they are using is best suited for a private company than a public enterprise. 

Leadership failure at BDC has been a norm at this public enterprise. Why should we have a Board of Directors with no interest in rendering strategic vision to this public enterprise and continue paying and retaining them.  The model that BDC has adopted will make very few people wealth and the majority poor.

P10 Billion will create 100.000 to 1,000,000 jobs or more. That is a fact. So, this is a clear Leadership Failure.  Citizen Entrepreneurship Development Agency (CEDA) is one public enterprise that is characterised by leadership failure.

CEDA was created to make financing easier for Batswana.  We know CEDA has provided statistics how their billions have created opportunities. We acknowledge that and appreciate their effort . What is not matching is the billions spent versus jobs created. The answer to this is very simple: CEDA has been funding defaulters with a hope that one day they will be successful. 

Leadership failure is no longer a problem for those in position of responsibility as long as their families and friends are benefiting.  We are living in a dangerous society. Serious problems are emerging. We are confronted by hungry faces everyday asking for P2, P5. P10, and P20 to survive. 

If these signs are not enough for all of us to realise the need to share the wealth of this country equitably, then we are riding on a dangerous road. 

Gibson Matenge

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