The undying opposition spirit

UDC members during party congress PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO
UDC members during party congress PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO

Botswana gained her right to self-determination and sovereignty in 1966 at a time when the whole sub continent was a war zone, writes Mmegi Correspondent, DOLLY BYRONE THEBE

The founding president had to walk a tight rope creating a balance between advocating cherished principles of justice, freedom, democracy, the rule of law and surviving propaganda, threats and acts of aggression perpetrated by neighbouring hostile regimes. Botswana‘s mission was to teach the world that it is possible for whites and blacks to live together in peace and harmony and that multiparty democracy was possible.

It was not an easy task to accomplish at the time given the geo-political climate of the time. Zimbabwe, Namibia and South Africa were yet to gain their freedom while Mozambique was at war with itself, engaged in a bitter and prolonged internal conflict that pitted the strength of FRELIMO against RENAMO rebels.

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