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Do you regret quitting the BDP Bra Stan?

Joe Brown

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Dear TK

Royal greetings to you Bra Stanford aka Tshekedi Khama II of the Royal Bamangwato clan.

I hope this brief finds you in good health Your Royal Highness because of late I have not been too convinced that all is well with you.

Silly me – what would I really expect of a man whose whole life had been attended by supreme privilege and then suddenly at the dusk of his life got a lot of these childbirth privileges taken away from him? You must be thinking I am out to diss you with my proffer of concern in relation to your apparent boredom and disinterest in the governance affairs of this country.

Akere tota it should be pretty obvious that since you are now on the wrong side of the ruling party, you can no longer be that vivacious and seemingly omnipresent chap who made sure to charm his audiences as a minister, irrespective of which ministry you led. Kana wena tota you were a workaholic who took to your assigned roles like fish to water. Wherever you were, you always made sure to create and leave a mark. No ministry was too overwhelming for you. From the tourism ministry to the sport and youth, you made sure to make officers feel your presence.

How you let yourself be tempted by the devil that made you dump the ruling party still beats me. Le fa e bile gotwe blood is thicker than water Bra Stan, the shenanigans that engulfed that pressure group you joined in October last year were too shameful and so below you that I never saw you going in their direction. I just wonder if you indeed joined out of your own volition or you were forced into that silly move by some form of blackmail from your royal uncles and aunts through the godly influence of Big Brother. Whatever happened Bra Stan? I personally think it was a ridiculous stunt you pulled there just on the eve of elections.

I understand you were made to believe that your erstwhile ruling party was going to lose the elections and that you genuinely thought you were joining a winning opposition bloc. The unsung comedian in you, it would amuse me so profusely when immediately after quitting the BDP you called it a “party of drunkards.” You even proclaimed they would lose the elections with flying colours, the opposite of which would later happen. Now you are out there looking lost and casting a figure of a bored person. Kana I saw you recently in parliament – I tell you Bra Stan, you cut a forlorn figure and the way I saw it, you must have been regretting your decision to go with that mob that blindly followed Big Brother to the doomed land.

I mean, who in their right mind would have thought that a pressure group of bitter Bulela Ditswe losers would win the elections and become this country’s ruling party? Kana that is what the hopeless members of that group thought – gore they could win the elections even when they knew they had not even fielded enough parliamentary contestants to give them even a sniffing chance.And you joined that joke of a cabal Bra Stan? Really? I always thought you were smarter than that Brazen. In fact, of all the ministers during both eras of Big Brother and Sisiboy, I always enjoyed listening to you talk. You always made sense and you were never afraid to defy even Big Brother himself whenever you had something better on your mind. In fact, many even concluded that there was no love lost between you and Big Brother.

I recently listened to you again when you were sharing your thoughts on the Youth Development Fund and how it would benefit the economy if each ministry had its own YDF. As usual you made a lot of sense but on that particular matter I wondered why you never questioned Big Brother about it when he was still in charge. I thought to myself then: this is hypocrisy. Why is it now that you go vocal on an arrangement you had no qualms with under Big Brother? Neither did you use the advantage you had as a minister to push the matter through. No wonder people are now saying you only begin to sound like an intelligent man after quitting the ruling party. It is now common narrative that when people are still Madomi, they don’t use their brains – that their brains begin to function once they join the opposition camp.

I am not sure if that is true Bra Stan but le wena the way you have been behaving lately, it might lend credence to such claims – that the brains of politicians function differently depending on which side they are. I was listening to you maloba o lela ka some MP’s constituency office o re the ruling party was deliberately depriving you of an office and staff because you defected to that pressure group ya Serowe. Ao Bra Stan – le wena you know you were not telling the truth. Yours was just some sympathy-seeking stunt; a trait I guess you learnt well from the leaders of that pressure group you joined. Kana those ones master the art of making themselves look like victims even where they are the rabble rousers. And so you have taken to that habit le wena and you are similarly making sure to invite members of the press to come and hear you out on how badly you are being treated.

We remember how Big Brother also did that with distinction and managed to win hearts and minds of those who failed to see through him. To say your not having a constituency office is sabotage is disappointing from a man I so respected as you. Kana even in my constituency right now, my area MP Fox Moagi, has no office and prospective employees are yet to be approved. Just before that MPs budget analysis seminar/retreat that you boycotted, citing lack of MP’s office as your reason, my area MP was on our village’s facebook page pleading with his people to be patient as the process of getting him an office was at an advanced stage, and that soon the matter would be resolved.

Yet he never called babega dikgang to cry sabotage the way you were doing. I am happy to hear that his office will open this week, eventually. In fact, I learnt later that actually 13 more constituencies were facing a similar problem to yours. 13 other MPs did not have constituency offices at the time you cried sabotage, including Honourable Motsamai of UDC in Ghanzi South and Matsheka in Lobatse. Other MPs without offices to date include those of Chobe, Lerala, Kanye South, Gabane and Goodhope. It is a fact and you know it Bra Stan. Yet only you of these MPs viewed the lack of office as sabotage and only you of the affected MPs decided to boycott the MP’s retreat in Phikwe.

Akere you even went on record to say wena you are not attending the MP’s retreat in Phikwe because your constituents have no office at which to consult you. Like since when TK have you had time for consultations with your constituents at the office of the MP in Serowe West? Kana ke gore you politicians have this way of thriving on falsehoods and knowing that we, your voters, are often ignorant and in the dark about how a lot of things work. In the past you have again had to wait for your office to be ready after elections, and you never cried foul. As Big Brother’s prime nemesis would want to ask, why now?

It must really be hard to suddenly find yourself in unfamiliar territory where you have to adjust to all manner of situations. I mean, from being driven around in a big black Beama to having to fend for yourself; and from having to shift seats to some obscure side of the isle in Parley, it must really be uneasy for you. Afterall tota wena you are not used to that opposition lifestyle where instead of your party dishing out the goodies for your upkeep and survival, you have to dig deep from your pocket to fund the movement you belong to.

Bo Masimolole, Guma and Makgalemele were once in that situation at BMD and when they couldn’t cope, they retraced their steps. I know wena your pride won’t let you go back there, but if you regret quitting the BDP Bra Stan, you are making it easy for us to see it, with these recent outbursts.

You must relax and take it easy as it comes. Stay calm and serve your new political movement and constituents without such unnecessary drama which in any case is paradoxical and borders on hypocrisy. You were at the helm of brewing and cooking everything that we consume today, and suddenly sitting on the other side of the fence and shouting how bad it all tastes makes you look and sound more like you are bitter to have been pushed to the outside.As I said earlier, you are a respectable and honourable man who often speaks a lot of sense on issues of national interest. Continue to speak for us in that manner without letting emotions get the better of you.

Forget about everything past and focus on being the great man that I know you to be. Dorcus is gone. I hear she has even decided to quit politics for good. It’s a pity you quit the BDP because of her. If you are going to let that resultant bitterness define you, ene o tsweletse le her life and does not think much about you. So le wena let go Bra Stan, and lead us as only you can. Cheers brother.

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Congratulations on your appointment Nchadinyana!

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Dear Tebogo LebotseSebego

My dear friend Tebbie, I send my heartiest greetings to you and your bosom buddy Tebbie in the hope that you are both at your healthiest state considering all things past in your otherwise eventful lives.

But more than anything else, I write to congratulate you on your recent ascendance to the position of Vice Chairperson at the BNSC. Ke gore golo fa you are at the very apex of this country’s sport administrative pyramid and I am quite sure even Tebbie must be wondering how you made it past him.

With the new position, I bet things are now awkward between you two given that somehow the man now has to listen to you for a change. Ke gore when he wears the head of family hat to try and armtwist you into submission, you can equally change topics and talk about sport administration issues, where he would have to submit to your authority. Should he return to lead that beleaguered Botswana Football Association, you can use your position to order that he be suspended so that he goes back home to take care of the family without external interference.

Ke gore his position as President of Notwane Sporting Club is no longer anything to brag about around you. You are her boss now and while he bleeds thousands to serve in his inferior position as President, wena you will be paid some handsome allowances to make decisions for him o le Vice Chairperson. And let’s say for whatever reason that Morule guy is incapacitated and you take over as the ultimate boss, you can either use or abuse your powers to make or break this poor Tebbie guy shem. In fact, you should use maemo ao to ensure he does not go back to that bewitched BFA position.

He is just fine where he is as Notwane President. See how much peace there is around you and your family ever since he quit the position albeit unceremoniously? Le go nona o nonne. I guess even your family and business finances improved for the better as he was now able to focus on what ideally should be dearer to him than anything else. Kana rre yoo o kile a batla go go bolaisa baloi ba bolo! Remember how his football enemies, seeking to topple him from that BFA top post, sought the intervention of traditional doctors, witches and wizards to eliminate him! And because you both used the same name and surname, the wizardry missiles got confused on their intended target, not able to distinguish between Tebogo Sebego and Tebogo Sebego.

You got inexplicably ill for some time during that period of heightened tensions between him and his sworn enemies. And remember the people who wanted to eliminate him were the very same who had once claimed allegiance to him, and once his use for them had expired, they connived to stab him in the back. Where are they now? It looks like the gods have turned on them as well. Nothing has gone right for them and suddenly no one wants to associate with them anymore. I guess a new crop of pretenders has now emerged and they will again use your darling Tebbie to ascend to the summit of the ill-fated sport body only to disown him again once their mission is accomplished.

I tell you even he would be a fool to return to that fire again. But you would be the bigger one to advise and make him believe he still has something to offer up there. If any chance my dear, abuse your new position in any how you can, to block his path back there. Use a weakness of him that you know too well, to enact a new law into the election process of BNSC affiliate bodies, that will disqualify him from standing. Kana ke gore I keep seeing flashes of information that suggest he wants to return there. Don’t let that happen. He is more appreciated where he is now than he will be where he wants to go. I know the guy, just as you are, is made of sterner stuff and can parry away any negativity bedeviling the so-called beautiful game, but I am scared for him – that this time the wizardry missiles might just hit him where it hurts the most – and surely you can’t survive that!

It seems to me there is just something to eat within the BFA leadership that people will kill or die for. Yet when they are up there they never have peace. Imagine the strain on your family when he is restless as a BFA President and you on the other hand have to deal with a new wave of evil pretenders who will be jealous to see where you are now in the hierarchy of Botswana sport.
I hope you have not fooled yourself into thinking that everybody is happy for you.

There are those within your circle right now who are already concocting a cauldron of witchery against you. People who ask in hushed tones what exactly you are being thanked for while they claim ‘happy-for-you’ and ‘proud-of-you’ in the public space. The angels who publicly sing your name on social media but are the same devils who under the cover of darkness ask what your electors see in you after failing the local netball association. Batho ba! Tlhe mma rona we see and hear them. Nna mme ga ke moloi ga ke bue ope ka leina – but be careful who has the most flowery words for your epic rise. There are serpents beneath that innocent looking flower. Mme kana le wena you know gore this our Botswana is infested with people who are never happy to see others do good for our sport. If you do anything progressive, you are the enemy.

So I hope as you sit up there and plan things out with Morule, you are aware there will be those on counter-attack mode – invalidators who will always be looking for any wrong in any right you do. And they will make sure to amplify the wrong such that the right even looks insignificant. Baloi! But I know you all too well to know and understand what your ascendance could be coming with. Forewarned, they say, is forearmed. Get down to business with this knowledge that you have three sets of people to appease – those who genuinely want to see our sport grow; those who want to thrive in the chaos that is besieging our sport; and those who just hate you and would want to see you fail just for the heck of it.

Your starting point should be to work and serve with all the three in mind. That way you will go about setting up your strategies of growing the sport industry with the right ammunition to thwart any such negative energy as to dampen your spirit. I know they say the higher you go the cooler it becomes – I hope wena you will not disappoint those who believe in you. Whatever you do up there, remember at some point you were down there crying for this and that, and blaming those with the powers for not helping you achieve your goals.

Do not suddenly forget what is going on ko tlase mma. Be the fiery fighter you have always been and let your documented love for local sport energise you even further to fight fire with fire. Even if you have to step on the toes of the minister who put you in the board; and even if you have to be a pain in the necks of your board colleagues who then elected you Vice Chairperson, as long as it is for the good of the sport you love, then just do it.

It is better to fall and die for the truth than to live and thrive on the dishonesty of sycophancy. I know you to be brutal in your thoughts and such should be the trait that was key to your initial appointment into the board by an honest minister who truly wanted to see things change for the good. The minister put you there without fear of hate nor to seek any favours, and therefore prove to him and those who entrusted you with the VC position that you are just what was needed to help turn around the fortunes of our sport. The problem with the past leaders was the tendency to be ‘too nice’ with the ultimate leadership that appointed them.

They were often afraid to upset those who ‘made them who they are,’ forgetting that actually, it was who they were that put them in that position in the first place – never a favour! How many times have we celebrated the appointments of certain individuals because we knew what they could offer, only for them to cool down and offer nothing once they are up there? Don’t be that kind of person. If you have to resign because for whatever reason you are not allowed to do what you think is best for local sport, then do so. And be public about it. Otherwise what would be the purpose of the appointment in the first place? And don’t hide behind existing laws. Don’t hide behind Morule and say kana wena o Vice fela.

Rona we see you as THE LEADERSHIP. Gore o Vice or eng we don’t give a hoot. O nne s’thulaphoko and make us remember you and your mates as the sport leadership that changed Botswana sport for good. Just do about anything at whatever cost – be it reputational or monetary. Sometimes as a leader you have to be unpopular for doing what is right. Seek no favours, fear no hate. Afterall the haters ba tlaa ba strong! And while at it, again do about anything – anything at whatever cost – to ensure the BNSC affiliate bodies are led by people who deserve to be there.

We are tired of sport codes that are on autopilot led by people who are only in it for themselves. And remind Chillyboy that I have since asked him to see to it that mass national sport bodies like volleyball, netball and basketball receive funds – just P1 million per sport code per season – to run national leagues. That is little money that won’t hurt government coffers. And le wena, together with your colleagues, should push for that. But more importantly, congratulations on your rise Nchadinyana!

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Diligent people

Yvonne Mooka

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I was listening to the late Dr. Myles Munroe’s podcast on Diligence recently. I should admit it left me challenged to revisit the way I do things.

He says that diligent people get up early enough to arrive on time to appointments and to complete chores prior to arrival. He advises that appearing punctually shows others that the person is dependable. In addition, a diligent person takes initiative to complete tasks rather than waiting to be told what to do.

Therefore diligence is simply giving your best on anything set before you. Munroe states that diligence requires continuing on a task that is unpleasant. Even if a task is difficult to complete, a diligent person does his best. If the work is physical and the person is out of shape, a diligent person finds ways to improve his physical fitness or health in order to complete the task.

The book of Proverbs in the Bible talks extensively about the different traits of a lazy person versus a diligent person. If you desire to grow in diligence, the book of Proverbs offers timeless wisdom on how to do so. Without further ado, here are five must-have traits of a diligent person.
A diligent person is an excellent planner

“The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty, but those of everyone who is hasty, surely to poverty.” Proverbs 21:5 Achieving a goal requires a detailed plan with a deadline. A friend of mine, who is studying Mechanical Engineering, has wisely exclaimed many times, “Plan your work and work your plan!” Diligent people give themselves directions and then follow through on their plans. A diligent person will both plan well and pace themselves, thus finishing assignments without getting burned out.

Produces excellent work
“Do you see the man who excels in his work? He will stand before kings; He will not stand before unknown men.” Proverbs 22:29
Excellent work attracts the attention of excellent people. A diligent person not only works hard, but does his or her best work every time. When you are a diligent, excellent worker, you will be offered opportunities that you never could have orchestrated on your own. Excellent work is truly the best promoter.

Is faithful in everyday tasks
“He who tills his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows frivolity will have poverty enough!” Proverbs 28:19
The diligent person in this verse is faithfully tending to their daily responsibilities. In other words, a diligent person will take their everyday work seriously. Instead of wasting time on things that bring no reward, a diligent person will focus their energy on productive activities, even if that work is not particularly exciting. Thankfully, even boring work will reap a harvest if we remain faithful.

Is self-motivated
“Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise, which, having no captain, overseer or ruler, provides her supplies in the summer, and gathers her food in the harvest.” Proverbs 6:6-8

A diligent person stays on top of their work without their leader constantly cracking the whip! They refuse to procrastinate, instead choosing to fulfill their duties in a timely manner.
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