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October 22, 2014 7:07 AM How not to win general elections

To be successful democracy must be based on a set of principles: equal rights of all the people within the geographic jurisdiction, guaranteed participation by all within a particular territory, non-discrimination between groups of different ethnicity, periodic elections conducted by an impartial body, the winner of the general elections to be based 60

October 22, 2014 5:05 AM UDC stole our money – Ntime

Ntime said after the UDC leaders suspected foul play following the death of Motswaledi end of July, the public contributed to the fund but now the party is not ready to release the report. Ntime said he also contributed to the fund and was disappointed by the turn out of events. “The UDC diverted our money and bought campaign buses instead. We have been cheated 51

October 21, 2014 5:07 AM It’s been a long prophetic journey and will continue

People within the church, friends and family circles, and some whom I did not know have been expressing concern for my safety. This was especially after the Sunday Standard newspaper reported that I am under the close watch of the Directorate of Intelligence Services. I have received assurances of prayers; I have always needed and will always need them like everyone 51

October 20, 2014 5:23 AM Ambition not political affiliation influences BOPEU stance

The sources are adamant that the current animosity between BOPEU and four other affiliates of BOFEPUSU has nothing to do with party affiliation during the 2014 general elections. The other BOFEPUSU members are Botswana Land Board and Local Authorities and Health Workers Union (BLLAHWU), Botswana Sectors of Educators Trade Union (BOSETU), Botswana Teachers 55

October 20, 2014 5:08 AM Boko, the push Rannatshe needed

It turned out that upon fetching his high profile visitors, chief among them former Bulgarian President Peter Stoyanov from Sir Seretse Khama International Airport, Boko made a sudden decision to attend the Thamaga rally. To the hundreds who turned up for Rannatshe’s rally next to Thamaga Police Station, what made Boko’s appearance unforgettable was its suddenness 61

October 20, 2014 5:05 AM Is Khama thriving on VP uncertainty?

For the first time since the amendment of the Constitution in 1997 to introduce the automatic succession clause, the ruling party under President Ian Khama goes into this year’s general elections without a running mate. This is a person who, if the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) wins neaxt Friday’s general elections, will ultimately succeed Khama in four years 78

October 20, 2014 5:05 AM Khama the lone ranger

There is a school of thought that Khama has stayed away from declaring his running mate more out of worry than anything else. It is suspected that he is troubled by the fact that his trusted men may not make it to Parliament. Hence he will not, maybe until after next week Friday, make commitment on who will be his vice if the party wins the elections 46

October 20, 2014 5:02 AM Seametso – Khama’s attack dog

Is Alec Seametso President Ian Khama’s attack dog or he is just off the leash? In any case what is emerging from Seametso’s recent attacks and outbursts clearly show that in settling for a national campaign strategist the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) leader settled for an equivalent of a vicious attack dog than a sophisticated and refined strategist 54

October 19, 2014 7:29 PM Botswana president vows to eradicate poverty by October 2017

FRANCISTOWN, Botswana, Oct. 19 (Xinhua) -- Botswana President Ian Khama on Sunday morning vowed to double his efforts and ensure progress to eliminate poverty amongst this diamond rich nation's citizens by October 2017. Addressing a political rally in Francistown, Botswana's second largest city situated some 430 km north of the country's capital, Gaborone 36

October 18, 2014 8:24 PM Botswana parties gear up for tough election

Gaborone (Botswana) (AFP) - Two major parties contesting Botswana's upcoming general elections held their final rallies Saturday ahead of what is expected to be the most competitive election since independence from Britain in 1966. The ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP), led by President Ian Khama, faces its first test with voters after a split in 2010 led to the formation 74