My encounter with a polygamist

Last Monday I received a call from a total stranger. The gentleman, a Swazi national currently staying and working in Botswana, went out of his way to get my number just so he could clarify some issues to me on the topic of polygamy. In a call that lasted an hour and left my ear reddened and hot, my new friend explained that he had read my previous article on the topic, he thus felt compelled to clarify some issues to me.

Now my friend was most concerned about the polygamist I had referred to in my last article. According to him, the octogenarian was a poor representative of ‘real’ polygamists in his country. A polygamist married to three wives, my new found friend revealed that he had found true happiness, that unlike most men, he is content and will probably die a very happy man. After listening to him for about half an hour, my curiousity got the better of me and I asked him about the living arrangements in his marriage.

Each wife, I am told, has their own marital house and space where they raise their own children. I was also told that in some cases the wives even live in different towns or villages, very far from each other. Fair enough, in reality they are and will always remain rivals. Naturally my next question was about the ‘real’ living arrangements. With a hearty laugh, my friend assures me that the man of the house(s) operates on a schedule, where he visits each wife every now and then.

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Happy Independence!

We are 56 years old and what do we have to show for it? Looking at where Botswana started and where it is today, there are a lot of developments, but whether the developments match the number of years we have enjoyed as a country is a topic for another day.The fact that cannot be denied is we have seen major developments, but we are still lacking in several pertinent areas.Our beautiful country imports almost everything. We import fuel, food,...

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