Connect with us

News

OF CHIEFS AND POLITICS

Yvonne Mooka

Published

on

Somewhere in the Letlhakeng sub-district lies a small village called Dutlwe with a population of around 1000 people. Among the prominent people of this settlement is one traditional leader who brags that he had long foretold what the country is experiencing right now with former president Ian Khama who has been complaining of ill-treatment and telling the world that Botswana has turned into a bad country under the current leadership.

When The Midweek Sun visited the settlement last week, Kgosi Douglas Segwagwa said he had long warned people that based on his general manner of doing things, Khama was not a good leader or even a good person. “Ke sale ke ba boleletse batho gore Khama gase motho. Go tsweng bogologolo kentse ke ba bolelela,” he said on the backdrop of what he had described as Khama’s bid to continue clinging onto power.

He recalled an incident when Khama was still president of Botswana and he had visited Takatokwane. “He had come to address us on agricultural reforms. He was coming up well until he ordered that the office in charge in Takatokwane should go and buy tractors right there and then, without first consulting with them or even finding out what funds were available to do that. He has proved with other instances that he just wants things done his way or nothing,” he said.

His assessment of the prevailing circumstances in Botswana is that the arrival of President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi has bruised Khama’s ego. “Masisi is a wise man in my view. See how he came in, evaluated promises made by Khama and why they didn’t materialise. He is weighing them and redefining things. One would think he is embarrassing Khama intentionally but he is not. All he is trying to show us is that a president should put people first. “Take for example, the civil servants salary increase. Khama doesn’t have reasons as to why he didn’t want them increased because it has always been about himself,” he said.

Kgosi Segwagwa stated that the newly-formed Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF) was formed out of Khama’s bitterness and anger ‘because Masisi is refusing to entertain him.’ His observation is that Khama was not ready to retire. “From what we hear we can deduce that he is the BPF president, and it means he wants to face Masisi in October. “If he wins, which I doubt, is he going to criticise government programmes that took shape under him?” asked the civic leader.

‘Politics make chiefs dishonest’
According to Kgosi Segwagwa, diKgosi should choose between politics and Bogosi. He said that unlike Bogosi, politicians lack order and destroy the nation with their selfishness. “Politicians have usurped power from us, at the same time, causing chaos in this country,” he said, adding that a chief who joins politics should get ready for a different world altogether.

“Chiefs should not join politics it makes them dishonest and untrustworthy leaders. Once they join politics, they start lying because they want votes,” he said, adding that any chief who joins politics should promise never to come back to Bogosi because they come back different, character-wise.

“Look at Khama, he is a man obsessed with politics and cannot let go of power. Now he calls Kgotla meetings to address his political issues instead of calling a political rally away from the Kgotla. “When he gets there, he tells morahe to leave BDP and BamaNgwato respond by taking his side because they are his subjects. Indeed they are his slaves,” he said, adding that Khama has destroyed his late father Seretse Khama’s legacy by dividing the BDP and using his morahe to push his agenda. “His father in his grave is not pleased with him,” he said.

Continue Reading
Comments

News

FREE AT LAST: LGBTI persons celebrate

Yvonne Mooka

Published

on

CELEBRATION TIME: The LGBT community celebrated the historic ruling on same sex romance this Tuesday

Thapelo Matshameko, a transgender woman who last year was attacked at Trekkers night club in Gaborone is over the moon about the High Court ruling that overturned a law that criminalised same sex relations.

A trans-woman is a woman who was assigned male at birth. In response to the ruling, she told The Midweek Sun that even though she has had it tough before with people calling her ‘Brazen’ and to stop behaving like a woman, she is now happy that the law recognises that they exist. She said that Batswana are now becoming tolerant towards Lesbians Gays Bisexual Transgender and Intersex persons.

“Recently I went out for dinner with my bae, and I came all the way from my house wearing a dress. People that know me loved it and my boyfriend loved it even more,” she says, adding that the verdict will also help other LGBTI persons that are in the closet to come out.

In a previous interview Metshameko pleaded for assistance from members of the public to help her do a surgery that would make her a complete woman. For Motswakgakala Sithole also known as Motswafere in music circles, the ruling shows that Botswana is one step closer to gay marriages.

“Thank you to all the visible gay people. We take punches for those hiding and those shaming us for being visible and exercising our rights. You guys attended court cases with pride and you have carried us to freedom,” he said.

He also thanked Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana (LEGABIBO), lawyers in the case, the media, and friends of the LGBTI community for their support. Phio Kenosi who identifies as trans non-binary asexual woma-romantic, (romantically attracted to the feminine essence), was also ecstatic.

“It is obviously showing that we are moving in a new direction that is positive and inclusive towards sexual and gender minority,” he said.

Continue Reading

News

Wame – a little einstein in the making

Irene Shone

Published

on

LITTLE EISTEIN: Wame Kangumbe

Wame Petit Kangumbe, 12, is an Optometrist in the making.

Kangumbe envisions taking Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) to the next level by inventing something scientific in the future.The standard 7 pupil at Ratsie Setlhako Primary School in Palapye impressed everyone during the BIUST 5th STEM Festival and Research and Innovation Symposium with her sharp answers during the fest.

The little Scientist believes that the entire country should embrace science and do more experiments, to find out more about our physical environment and shed dependency on foreign countries in terms of Science and Engineering.

Her secret to relating with different topics so well, is research and more research. “I like researching. We have Wi-Fi at home, and so I often use my mother’s phone to type different topics and interact with how everything is related. I always prepare for the next lesson through researching,” she said.

She said the poverty in Africa can only be eliminated through STEM. “If everyone could take interest in STEM, we would go further in terms of uplifting the status of our economies as African countries,” she said.

She urged her peers to believe in themselves and be serious about their education. “When you write down your notes in class, make an application of what you want out of them. Everyone’s life is in their own hands,” she advised.

Continue Reading

Trending