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Government must introduce national sport leagues

Joe Brown

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Dear Ian Khama Hello Big Brother, I hope you have taken heed of your successor SisiBoy’s advice when he emphasised on the day of his inauguration that you should rest. I have not heard much of you since that April Fool’s Day when I saw you in Parliament. You have also been missing on Btv News and it is something I am finding difficult to get used to. Even when they read the news and say ‘Tautona wa Botswana…’ I almost always complete the line in my head with your many names as they used to read them. I don’t know what it is with names that you guys find fascinating after you become presidents. I remember we used to just call you Brigadier Ian Khama, but the moment you stepped into the presidential enclave your names increased to be read ‘Seretse Khama Ian Khama’. Now I see your successor is trying the same.

Since that April Fool’s Day he has been on and on about the Keabetswe and Eric names we never knew existed. You are not like Quett and LeFesto. For Quett it was actually the opposite. Before he became President, we knew him to be Dr. Quett Ketumile Joni Masire, but after the presidency, it was just Sir Ketumile Masire. Even your dad was just Sir Seretse Khama. There was nothing like Sir Seretse Goitsebeng Maphiri Khama even as they were all his names. But I guess with SisiBoy the Btv personnel decided to stop with these many names. Nowadays they don’t say out all them. I wonder if it was by instruction from OP. Akere wena OP wrote a statement to tell us how to call out your names – Lieutenant General Doctor Seretse Khama Ian Khama, they said. Oh Modimo! I hope the Office of the President does not dish out a similar directive soon. Imagine: His Excellency the President Mogweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi. Haikhona! It should just be President Mogweetsi Masisi, full stop! And maybe it is such confusion with names that has caused the expulsion of some journalists from work in Zambia. Just for not writing Masisi’s title correctly.

I wonder if he is aware something like that happened because of him. Anyway, enough about the long presidential names. I wrote this to you when I remembered gore kana you are the brain behind these Constituency Tournaments that have seen government spend well over P100million to run them. I have no issue with the tournaments as they are; and come to think of it, they have been a good thing to happen, especially for the talent in the nooks and crannies of Botswana where we never knew talent existed. My only gripe is on the rationalisation front, especially with the funding accorded the games when mainstream sport continues to suffer. You and I know Biggie, that as of 2018, government has spent over P140million on these constituency sport tournaments. You will actually recall that by 2016, as reported in Parliament by your blue-eyed boy Thapelo Olopeng, P125 million had been used. Remember again that some sporting codes were up in arms in 2010, two years after the constituency tournaments were introduced, after government reported having spent P18 million already.

On average over the last 10 years, government has spent about P15million annually on these sport tournaments which are merely meant for mass participation and not for real sport development. As you know, sport development responsibilities lie more with the national sports commission than with those nonentities that preside over these constituency games. The tournaments kana tsone tota ke ko ga mmapereko fela, and all they are interested in there is winning at all costs. They cheat, they fight and as reported in a recent case in Lobatse, teams fight over traditional doctors who provide them with portions to aid their cause. They have no time for development or to teach the sport as is the case with mainstream sport administrators. You will also note that at your Constituency Tournaments, there is barely any age restriction, bomdala ba kopana le bana ke tlhakantshuke ya moroko le mase. In the end tota Big Brother, there is no real return on investment except to sponsor even more social ills through the prize money given.

While I acknowledge that some smarter groups and even individuals have used the money to start small business enterprises, the majority of the teams have ended up engaging in beer binging and partying, with the money doing very little to raise the sport profile or even the individual lives of these masses. I have heard you before arguing, along with your boy Tapza that the tournaments were aiding mass participation in sport and were helping keep the youth and bomdala away from crime. Yet it is at these games that some criminal activities take place. Some police reports in the past have shown that criminal activities take place during the games festivals while some of the team ‘owners’ have fought over the prize money. Some of these team ‘owners’ have even gone behind the backs of their players to fund some dimausunyana that would later sell back to these teams at huge profits.

Smart guys have found an intelligent way of raising their personal profile using the money from there. It is for this reason that really, government cannot even account for the money because the level of monitoring there is almost zero. You have only created a way of making some individuals rich while those who play benefit little. It is worse that these games now involve players who were part of the mainstream sport bodies that ironically, can’t match the money power at your tournaments. Kana with mainstream sports, one has to account and there are other structures to fund within the codes. So money never really reaches the players. Mainstream netball and volleyball at the moment have no running leagues, and it gets worse when they have no money to splash around the way it is done at the constituency tournaments. Yet there are no development structures to fund ko Ian La Liga; no training programmes to fund; no salaries to pay; it is a free for all where the smartest survive and make it in life. I know you are out of it now, but I would love to propose that you go back to the drawing board to determine how best the P15million spent per annum at these tournaments can be used to benefit the country better. All you have to do is sit with Sisiboy and Tapza to review this with a view to adding value.

I do not have immediate answers but for now I am thinking that since the money has been targeting only soccer, volleyball and netball, with athletics a late bloomer, a little subtraction of about P4 million per annum would benefit mainstream sport. Think about it. Let’s say we keep to the same budget but reduce spending on Constituency Tournaments by that P4 million. The same targeted sport codes would benefit better if the P4million per annum could be channeled to mainstream sport. Then government could commit only P1million annually for the National Netball League run by the Botswana Netball Association, P1 million for the National Volleyball League run by Botswana Volleyball Federation, and P2million for the two National First Division leagues run by BFA. Trust me Big Brother, these sporting codes would do wonders to produce internationally acclaimed stars as there would be organised sporting activity throughout the year. Sponsors would then flood the clubs to bankroll them.

The grants already being given to the sports commission would be maintained to run development programmes for these codes without worrying about lack of competition. As it is now, BNSC spends money on developing athletes, coaches, referees and managers… and for what? Then there are no running competitions where what has been learnt could be implemented and practised. The result is a situation where money is being poured into a bottomless pit. We would have the available corporate entities focus on specific areas of the sport that could enhance competition. I was in South Africa recently Biggie, where I watched the volleyball national league where government is the sole sponsor to the tune of R3million annually.

They do it for other sport codes deemed small in that country. The buzz there is exciting, and all around are banners of various government departments showcasing government business. Sponsors here and there are for incentive tournaments like Top 4 or Top 8. The money the BNSC would use for development would not be put to waste. They teach, and there is a platform to assess the results of their spending. This in turn will see more teams joining from these rural areas to play in the national league, with every player having an opportunity to be spotted by national team selectors. As it is now Big Brother, these many players at constituency tournaments can’t even make it to the national team despite noticeable talent on some, because rules governing the tournaments do not allow them to also participate in mainstream leagues.

The P4million would thus go a long way in ensuring even wider participation with an assurance of sponsorship every year, where potential national and international stars would not run to the constituencies where no one will see them. And now that Athletics have been thrown into the Constituency Tournaments mix, the money could go to P5million per annum, to allow Botswana Athletics Association to run P1million worth of competitions as well. Come on Biggie, you know SisiBoy can’t change anything without your blessings; Tapza ene listens and does everything you say without question, so once you have spoken, we can be assured they will act.

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Stop abusing Kgosikgolo borra – e seng mo ngwaneng!

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Dear Pastor Biggie

I hope this brief finds you in a relatively stable state of mind my dear pastor. Having been one of the few people in politics whom I have had the bravery to defend as a genuinely caring and honest man, I must admit that over the past few days you left me defendless and helpless as those who differed with me on you in the past, came raining down on me with a barrage of ‘we-told-you-so’ artillery.

You see, these are the people I have on many occasions told that along with Ndaba and Robert, you are one of the few politicians I could risk a vote of confidence for being honest and principled.

In a lot of my past letters to the likes of Dlodlo, Gladiator, SisiBoy and Kgosikgolo, I have parroted the notion that politicians are self-serving and dishonest people who just care about what matters to only themselves while cunningly perpetuating a picture of caring, loving and selfless Good Samaritans.

Yet I have included you in my four-man list of those I could cite as an exception. You see, I still remember how you stood a lone ranger in Parley going against Kgosikgolo’s sentiments and those of his erstwhile party when you fought for the monumental recognition of the late Motswaledi and others.

Whenever people labelled you ‘moruti-ka-lefitshwana’I was always the first to defend you – demanding proof that indeed you were as dishonest as they said you were. I never accepted anything that suggested that you were as cunning and self-serving as other politicians.

But these past eventful weeks you proved me wrong Moruti Butale. You left me cowing in shame and unable to face my friends about you. You proved to be a disgrace to anything you have always claimed to be. That Friday I listened to your vitriol and felt so ashamed to call you my pastor. Moruti, all you did in Masunga two weeks back was to expose yourself as just another self-serving political fraudster who even used God’s name to preach hatred, regionalism and tribalism.

You should be ashamed of yourself Pastor. Before your meeting, I had read somewhere in a newspaper that you were hellbent on saying and doing anything to ensure people get to hate SisiBoy at whatever cost. Ao rra? Kana I didn’t believe the contents of that article. I thought, Nnyaa ba akela moruti. No moruti reacts this way to anything.

And to even drag your dear wife into such witchery – making her defend you after preaching hatred to your followers! Come on Biggie. This time you stooped too low. At this very moment you should rather be on your knees, praying for a better and united Botswana, not out and about preaching hatred.

I understand you are frustrated that you lost in the primary elections of your party, but moruti, what has happened to Grace? Is it not you who has preached about being Graceful and Thankful to the Lord even in defeat? (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

Yes pastor, you taught us about handling defeat, advising that despite whatever else life dishes out on us, we should still thank God and allow Him to deploy us elsewhere.

Now look at you! I heard you moruti when you said SisiBoy is a criminal and a fraudster who has among other things robbed the Bank of Botswana and created a body-double of yourself to engage in some corrupt undertaking.

I have no facts to say for sure if you were telling the truth or just lying for political expediency – so I won’t go there. I am more concerned about the dishonesty you so blatantly displayed much to the disappointment of many of us who really wanted to clutch at anything to continue trusting your word and defending you as a principled man.

An honest man as I have thought of you should have been able to say these things about SisiBoy and his BDP when those things were happening. Or are you going to say they held a gun to your throat threatening the life out of you if you spoke of their corruption?

The honest and principled man that you are, why have you been quiet about such thievery all this time? Where were you when the likes of Moswaane and Polson told it like it is to the faces of both SisiBoy and Kgosikgolo? Those are the men we could perhaps give an ear if they spoke like you today. They have never hidden their feelings about the things done by the leadership. They never waited until they lost elections to start making their feelings known.

Wena I am worried we were never going to hear all these things from you had you won ka Bulela Ditswe. From the day you lost, you have been all over telling all sorts of stories relating to threats on your life, obviously to plant seeds of doubt on the character of the man you so openly hate today, Rre Masisi. All that talk of cows being pushed onto the road by police officers and the stories of six tyre bursts, you only reminded me of the trobled life the late Motswaledi lived. At the time, people said your idol Kgosikgolo was behind the mishaps, including the eventual demise of poor Sir-Gee. Now you are copying from that script and now claiming it is SisiBoy who is behind the tyre bursts? It is almost like someone is sending you to say out those things – someone haunted by some form of guilty conscience. It has become very difficult to trust anything you say Moruti. Imagine you even asked your gathering of constituents to help you decide if you should pull-out from politics and return to boruti. Who in their right mind will still find any inspiration in your teachings after you rallied the nation to hate its leader?

Kana by asking your followers to hate their leader you were almost asking your flock to hate God and follow Satan. No wonder a lot of people who reacted to your meeting called you Devil Incarnate.

You disappointed a lot of them moruti. They never expected such vile and lie from you. Most were angered and disappointed, including the opposition fanatics you were definitely trying to impress. They called you moruti-ka-lefitshwana and labelled you a diabolic makgorwane.

I tell you, not even Ndaba or Boko felt any feather of flatter at your mention that they are better leaders than SisiBoy. They simply saw you for who you are – an angry and bitter man who after being rejected by his own people suddenly opens up about the age-old corruption and evil he has been embracing, praising and defending while it served his interests.

The two gentlemen still have memories of how you used to say the UDC and other opposition leaders can’t take this country anywhere. Now that you are grieving over your numbered days mo letlepung, suddenly the opposition and its leaders are better than the BDP and SisiBoy whom in several expressions you labelled an undemocratic crook and a liar.

And yet wena in Masunga – through your MC – you made it clear you were not going to entertain any comment from the floor that attacks you. You call that ‘democratic’ pastor?

And here is the classic part – you asked for direction from your people, imploring them to decide if you should quit politics and return full time to boruti; or to join AP; or to join UDC; or to join – in your own words – a party formed by Khama.

A number of your people suggested you join AP like Peter Ngoma, giving reasons why it would not help the constituency and yourself if you went with Khama’s party. Ao moruti? Why were you taking your people through such a tedious exercise when you already knew you had registered, joined and written the constitution of the new Khama party?

Who can ever trust such deception – from a moruti for that matter? Kana the next day ke fa Khama a go tlontlolla jaanong when he informed people gore a few days earlier you and Guma had already indicated to him that you will be standing for elections under the new party which he, characteristically, also tried to give the impression he knew nothing about.

He would later sell himself away too, when he revealed the colours of the party by pointing to the jacket he was wearing. See the kind of leadership you want your people to follow moruti? A leadership that asks for Tsholofelo Hall and tell the Town Clerk that it is for a family gathering when you know it is for a political activity? Why lie? What is there to hide if indeed you are a body of honest people?

And you see now why I say you left me with little to defend you? The lies. Because even a few hours after your Masunga meeting, you were in Serowe telling people that you have registered a new party whose constitution you are still finalising. Overnight Moruti?

But then again, what should we have expected? Akere even your idol did just that – asking people to give him direction when he already knew what was cooking. Banna tlhe le fitlhetse Batswana! And how they can’t see through your ilk puzzles me.

Right now I am tempted to agree with those who say a new party would never have been formed had that Isaac Kgosi guy not been fired from DIS by SisiBoy and had SisiBoy made a Khama sibling Vice President.

Le wena I say we would not be seeing this melodrama from you had you won Bulela Ditswe. You see, I have no qualms with reasons given for your institutionalised hatred for SisiBoy – I just don’t trust the word of a man who speaks ill of his ex-girlfriend only because she dumped him; and when he never even uttered a bad thing while he was still joyfully sleeping with her. And this from a Pastor?

What desperation is this Moruti? Gore o bo o khubame le ka mangole tota? I think your excitement about rubbing shoulders with Kgosikgolo should be guarded with caution. I mean, everybody be talking Kgama Magic.

Naare magic wa teng oa hemisa? I mean, I saw some people who hail from Tlokweng, Lobatse, Jwaneng and even Gantsi saying Khama ke Kgosikgolo ya bone. Like really? And even more disturbing, everyone in Serowe, including my favourite Rosebae, kept saying where and when Khama dies, they will die with him. It got me thinking: what if Khama indeed dies tomorrow? God forbid! What will become of this new party?

Kana he is the soul and sole provider and his death will surely signal the sudden death of the political aspirations of all those reneging from common sense in his name – because you guys are just following him; not any political ideology. You and him only formed your movement for the sole purpose of removing SisiBoy from power – the new party is not even interested in taking over power or doing anything for Batswana. Top of its mandate is to see SisiBoy out of power. It would be interesting to see what you guys will do should SisiBoy stand up tomorrow to say he is stepping down from the presidency of the ruling party. Kana you will be left with no sense of purpose.

And you guys must please stop misleading Kgosikgolo by giving him the impression that he is doing what is right for this country – just because you have hope for a quick dash and return to Parley.

Many say he is using you guys to serve his bruised ego and to spite SisiBoy, but I also think you are all abusing him and using his lack of foresight for your political survival. You are all after his money and popularity. That’s why you have no shame telling people gore kana he is the most popular politician in the country. Try unpopular Moruti. And perhaps even confused. I mean, what is he saying? He will support UDC, launch you and Guma as BPF candidates and support some good BDP MPs? Banna tlhe le a re confusa. Imagine the poor old men and women you are continuing to tricking with lies and deceit – Modimo o tlaa le bona tlhe borra. Modimo ga se moshianyana. Stop misleading our old folk with your distorted facts borra. It is evil. I don’t care about the more intelligent ones who follow you – kana bone even as they see that yours is movement of the bitter, they have only found an easier platform to get back at their opponents within Domi, and they are only looking to benefit from the financial resources said to be falling from some western and South African merchants interested in the mineral and tourism resources of our country. And that Moruti, is wicked. We need peace in this country moruti, and these shenanigans you so strangely embrace and support are a recipe for civil strife. Lesang go dirisa mogolo botlhaswa banna! I hear he never listens but come on Moruti, the man needs your advice. Honest advice. Stop using and abusing him. E seng mo ngwaneng wa ga Ruta borra. E seng mo go Kgosikgolo.

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Batswana are talkative, yet silent in bed

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BY K.A. BAREKI

In last week’s installment, I wrote about how to move from sexual mediocrity to excellence by creating the right environment for sex.

I intimated that one needs music, clothes, bedding, lube and specific foods known as aphrodisiacs to create a good humping experience. Isn’t it shocking that even in the midst of such pleasantries, our women and men don’t testify of good sex?

Our women still lament the lack of sexual satisfaction even when they have sex with men that have got “6-packs” promising stamina and envied salaries. Our men leave their beautiful women with pretty faces, curvaceous bodies and run with perpetual strangers that know nothing about having good relationship curriculum vitae and are not “lover material” in search of good sex.

This situation leaves us fumbling and wondering what today’s men want. So serious is this sexual jigsaw puzzle that a fair share of our women’s populace has concluded that Batswana men are naturally “bitchy”and unloving. And this is exactly what some men say about our women.

More Batswana women want to be married by Caucasian men with some selecting Zambian, Zimbabwean, South African and even Nigerian men as dream lovers – and there’s nothing wrong with pursuing exotic taste.

Over the years, I have observed this issue in protracted silence until I noticed something very interesting about the way Batswana men have sex and why our women post ads that beg for a foreigner’s proposal.

Batswana are generally outspoken people. They are peace makers who believe that ntwakgolo ke ya molomo. Because Batswana are so consensual, they are often admired and looked upon as a non-violent nation, a peaceful people who cannot hurt a fly.

How is it that this peaceful reputation is not found in the bedrooms of most Batswana couples who often resort to divorce, cheating or sulking? Good question! The answer is silence.What? You heard me, the answer is silence.

Batswana are a talkative people and yet silent in bed. Batswana men have a problem keeping quiet in libraries and yet insist on silence during sex. Batswana don’t talk about how they prefer sex and don’t give any feedback concerning sex. Our women in particular avoid praising their men for excellent bonking when it happens.

Our men take offence if a woman comments negatively on their sexual performance or makes any improvement suggestion as if to suggest that sex to them is an intuitive thing that comes without communication. Life thrives on communication, and Batswana’s sexual lives will continue to be disastrous and lifeless until their mouths open.

And after years of silent sex, our men conclude that their women are boring and search for alternatives. “If you don’t talk about sex, it’s going to be difficult to make any improvement. And, you should be communicating about what you like just as much about what isn’t working, or what you are worried may not be working. If the sex is great, it shouldn’t be a touchy conversation area…” writes blogger Lea Rose Emery in her work “Seven Signs You’re Bad In Bed”

If the average Motswana is naturally a peace-loving and consensual person, then it means Batswana cease to be Batswana every time they engage in sex. If Batswana are a democratic nation with an international reputation of being so, how can a Motswana have “undemocratic” dictatorial sex?

How is it that Batswana have the tendency to have sex that is not mutually inclusive? I reiterate that Batswana are not Batswana when it comes to sex. If Batswana when in their bedrooms behaved like they do during the day, Botswana would be a nation of sexual satisfaction. Batswana would have so much knowledge on sex that comes from their natural inclination to be consensual and assertive.

As our men obsess themselves with penile increment adverts that flood the market and think they need powerful sexologists to give them sex hunger busting clues, I am worried that they don’t notice that an easy and affordable solution lies hidden within. Batswana have no sex schools where they can learn sex.

But they have a culture of openly conversing with each other. If only they continued talking into their bedrooms, our nation would become known for brilliant sex. Our families would be stable and divorce rates humiliated.

Batswana lovers especially women would express how they prefer to be kissed, sexed and what sex positions drive them crazy. They would give feedback which by the way is necessary for improvement instead of leaving their men guessing.

Not all Batswana don’t communicate during sex. There are men and women in our country who sex in a way that is of “international standard” but it’s rare to encounter them. In Botswana there are men who divorced women for openly voicing out their opinions on how to sex.

Some men literally rebuke their women, accuse them of infidelity and call them whores for opening up. These women who are bitter and sex-thirsty resort to “Ben-10s.” What they enjoy in these young men is fresh sexual energy which is devoid of communication.

As these young boys age, their erection deteriorates and they become exactly like the men our older women ran away from. It’s a vicious cycle that can only be humbled by opening up.

In any case to solve a problem, you at least have to know its cause. What is the reason why Batswana would rather be silent during sex when they have a reputation of being vocal even to the avoidance of war?

The answer to this question is something I discovered in South Africa last year while attending a couples’ retreat. Although the venue was South African, the attendants were entirely Batswana who sought to learn about enhancing their sex lives in a foreign land.

In that setting, after speaking extensively on sexual satisfaction and admonishing couples to talk before, during and after sex, one Motswana raised up his hand to express comic contention over this idea.

“I was taught not to eat while talking. O ja ka ofe o bua ka ofe?” he asked. We laughed almost to tears. And I added my opinion to guide the matter. Later on as I reminisced on that question and its significance in understanding our people, it dawned on me that Batswana liken sex to eating and apply the British dinner etiquette to their sex lives.

Whether we admit it or not, Batswana are British in so many aspects. The lunch we esteem made up of rice, coleslaw salad, beetroots and meat is a British meal. Our dream breakfast and tea drinking habits are all a British mentality. And as a typical former colony, we follow the footsteps of our mentors.

According to British dinner etiquette, one should refrain from talking while eating. Batswana men, view sex as “go ja motho,” hence such silence when they have sex.

One other British dinner etiquette rule is that if you happen not to enjoy a meal, it is very rude to tell the cook or chef that the meal sucks. This explains why Batswana shun sex session feedback!

 

K.A. Bareki is the author of Sex & Intimacy 101 and can be contacted at ansonpub@gmail.com

 

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