We Need Ramaphosa's Dose In Our Politics

There is Setswana saying that goes Tsholofelo ga e tlhabise ditlhong. There is no shame in hoping for the better, even when things don’t look right. Hope for things to turn around for the better. So do not wonder my friend, why women of this country are hopeful for better future.

Time and again there is that glimpse of hope that we will in our lifetime, experience the true meaning of gender equality.  This hope, not wishful thinking, was aroused this past week by our neighbours, South Africa. When South African’s president, Cyril Ramaphosa lived to his promise to ensure a 50/50 gender representation, announcing that half of his Cabinet members are women, we, in Botswana must have made the biggest noise.

Yes, we are well aware that we are not South Africa, and do not wish to be. But as our neighbour, big brother of sorts, South Africa’s direction in many ways has influence in neighbouring countries as Botswana.

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Botswana deserves ideal political leaders

This remains to be seen, particularly as opposite unity has been seeing its ups and downs. In 2012, three opposition parties namely the Botswana National Front (BNF), the Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD), and the Botswana National Front (BNF) formed a political alliance under the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC). The Botswana Congress Party (BCP) would, after rebuffs, join the coalition in 2017.The promise made by the coalition to its...

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