The pornography of poverty

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The poverty of the majority of our people is now being used for public relations and political campaign purposes, argues KODUTHEBE OTTO MOTLOGELWA

I have observed, on both government media of BTV and the Daily News in the past year or so, the handover of houses built for some chosen ill-housed or houseless people in our society. This is done by the national leadership, especially the President Ian Khama. I often watch the joy painted on the faces of the new owners and the accompanying ululations from the crowd with a sense of disappointment. Disappointment at our level of acceptance of the poverty surrounding us, coupled with our lack of duty, to come up with a solution to the housing problem that our society is facing.

The approach to the housing problem that has been adopted by the national leadership does not reflect a sense of commitment or understanding of the feelings of destitution of people who do not have houses as a result of poverty.

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