The power of ignorance

Chicken is with us today. Word has it that he has been lying low strategically in an attempt to nurse his fragile economic refugee status- correction- his economic exile status.

In other words, our man Chicken owes so many people so much money that he dare not venture out into the pot-holed streets of Gaborone. So he has found refuge for his “exiled ass,”as Mr Kool would refer to his delicate situation in Botswana, at the Nitty Gritty. All this due mainly to the patronage and benevolence of the chief executive hostess and sole proprietor of the shabeenly establishment, Ausi Maggie. Ausi Maggie is a humanitarian at heart and in spirit. She would not turn out anyone in need of a drink- as long as they pay for it! But this means that our man Chicken must have been going around getting loans in order to repay his debts with Ausi Maggie. There`s no doubting the fact that Chicken is one cat who knows which side his bread is buttered.

Tshini also knows which side his business bun is buttered, but at this point in time he is a very frustrated individual. He is sitting in the dark corner of the lounge on the simple green sofa. Upon enquiry from Smooch on why he is forlorn, he says; “My enterprises are not thriving. I applied for an empty piece of land a long time ago in Gabane and I’m being sent from pillar to post between the chief and the land board. Meanwhile, the NDB won`t consider my application for a loan unless the land has title deed and has been properly surveyed.”

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