Letter to Seretse: Batswana uninspired, sad at 55 :: Mmegi Online

Gone are the glorious days when Gobe Matenge and the 1976 10th Anniversary Independence Celebrations Unit (TACU) transformed what used to be the unfortunate social and professional situations of Batswana into positive and desirable behaviours.

It’s not that we’re back in the unfortunate habit of the early ’70s of fighting and pushing each other over food, no. Matting stopped that long ago. But 55 years later, the patriotic feeling of Poipúzo is bleak and bleak. There’s no roasting ox, juice, or ginger to celebrate. There are no events, no football matches, no dykewer, no movement. This is the second year that Botswana does not celebrate Independence Day due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was a difficult and difficult 18 months of emergency under Mokgoetsi, son of Edison Masisi. We have lost great sons and daughters of the nation to this pandemic.

But despite these difficult and uncertain times, Edison’s son is busy ordering the government to buy hotels and seize land in the Okavango Delta without holding the nation accountable. The president is a wonderful and smooth talker, and his silver tongue can roam the nation. He has the key skills of a smart salesperson and can sell dreams. Most of his election promises remain a pipe dream. But ruling party politicians, some of whom are now ‘Covidprenuers’ who have benefited greatly from pandemic tenders, blame all the broken ‘better life’ promises for the COVID-19 pandemic. People are not convinced.

Things are so bad that priests are protesting in the streets. Recently, Reverend Thoso Tejo, the controversial pastor, became the new poster child for these sad and angry times. Armed with a mobile phone inside his car, Tiego demanded via Facebook videos that President Masisi step down. The priest was weeping from hunger, and called her “Mmaditlala” – “the mother of all hunger pangs.” It may seem ironic that the adult man is hungry by now and still has plenty of internet data and gasoline, but these are the days of our lives. The priest’s protest made him spend a night in a dungeon and drop the charge. The police, perhaps out of pent-up anger, are quick to lock up anyone trying to protest by force. Some musicians tried to beg the authorities to open up the entertainment industry, but they were soon locked up.

It’s been 18 months without entertainment and the creators have been struggling to survive. Many people have lost their jobs and loved ones as well. Combined with deaths, restrictions on movement, and an uncertain future, the past 18 months have been the worst ever. Depression, cash theft and crime related to passion are on the rise due to this sad condition.

But after Independence Day, the country’s longest running state of emergency is finally coming to an end. There is hesitant hope that we are not out of the woods yet. Many people have not yet been vaccinated. The introduction of the vaccine was disappointing. With so many people still getting their vaccinations, a return to near-normality remains in doubt.

Footy, your party, Domcragg is once again going through internal squabbles. Infighting has become a habit, especially when the opposition appears fragmented and does not pose a serious challenge. Meanwhile, the Botswana National Front (BPF), your son Ian, has expelled its leader, possibly a move for Chikedi to take over. Imagine Chikedi as president! Do you think Rra Goankgang would be proud?


Sir Seretse Khama


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