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THE LION THAT ROARS

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TAKING ON THE MIGHT OF BOTSWANA POLITICS

PROBLEM CHILD: BOTSALO NTUANE

The past few years have seen a radical change in the political landscape of Botswana. And in the forefront of that is change, is the youthful Member of Parliament, Botsalo Ntuane. He is one of the founders of the Botswana Movement for Democracy, a painful break-way from the ruling Botswana Democratic Party.
For years he has defended the BDP, first as it’s youthful executive secretary at the break of the new millennium and then as the specially elected MP. But by the time he finally dirtied his fingers to contest for the Gaborone West South Constituency, which he wrestled from the opposition last year, Ntuane was already at loggerhead with the President of the land and the BDP. It was inevitable that he was in leading the disgruntled out to form BMD, of which he is now the interim deputy chairman.
LEBOGANG MODIBEDI met him to discover what he is really about and. Is this a lion or a weaning cub? Read on and be the judge…

Q. Describe yourself in a sentence.
Conscientious, loyal, resolute and funny at times.

Q. “The mass of men leads lives of quiet desperation.” What does this quote from a poem by Thoreau mean to you as a politician, a man of the people?
I have a distinct memory of the day we lost the (Gomolemo) Motswaledi appeal case in Lobatse. I was at the crossroads. Our group gathered at the Cumberland Hotel for lunch. Whilst seated there, I spotted a young couple reclining on the deck chairs by the poolside sipping cocktails, having a great time. The scene was straight out of a picture postcard. It occurred to me that theirs was the kind of life I had always dreamt of. I compared the postcard scene with the political situation we were stuck in, and at that precise moment, it dawned on me that my life had changed forever. By associating myself with Motswaledi and the cause he and others were fighting, the opportunity to lye by the poolside on a deck chair seemed light years away. I had embraced a life of struggle for the people.

Q. What does your favourite song remind you of?
Do I have a favourite song? I have plenty of favourite songs depending on the mood and setting. I have a very diverse taste in music, ranging from kwasa kwasa to rock, mbaqanga of Mogatusi Kwapa, dipina le maboko (songs and poetry) on RB1 and so on. For the past few weeks I have been in my Bob Dylan phase, his song, The Times they Are Changing, resonates with the momentous political developments taking place.

Q. What really made you leave the Botswana Democratic Party?
Our divorce from a party in which we loved will remain a subject of animated debate for years to come. It was no longer justifiable to be part of an organisation that has knowingly changed its most fundamental defining character – internal party democracy. We could no longer relate with a party   that had surrendered its very soul to the whims and likes of a single individual. My colleagues and I consider ourselves liberals committed to the maintenance of an open, democratic society. BDP was launching a vicious assault on civil liberties and human rights. Our country is unrecognisable since April 2008. It is a society permeated by fear, mistrust and frustration. We could no longer stomach this terrible state of affairs. And like other men and women in societies that have experienced what our country is going through, we chose to resist oppression and fight for freedom and democracy.

Q. Do you think leaving and the war cries that followed have demonstrated good leadership qualities upon the people?
We were left with no alternative to the road we have taken. Some have suggested we could have fought from within. That is exactly what we did when we fought on the side of the constitution at the Kanye congress. Democrats   heard us and delivered a resounding   verdict consonant with our rallying cry. As we all know the victory of democrats at Kanye   was sabotaged and undermined at every turn.  We found ourselves in an organisation that had abandoned faith in democracy. Any attempts to address the situation were met with persecution. The stark reality is that BDP was no longer possible to reform from within. Reformation of that party will   only come about when they are voted out of power in 2014, or earlier. Only defeat will allow them to take time out for some serious introspection.

Q. Why Politics? Was it your chosen field of study?
My first love was journalism. At varsity I dabbled in the craft, freelancing (and getting paid well) for a newspaper called Newslink Africa. Following its ignominious demise, I felt betrayed and in any case no one would offer me a job as a freelancer. The spare time I had led me into campus politics on the side of the BDP and that was the beginning. And the story continues.

Q. Where do you see yourself in the next five, 10 and 20 years from now?
In five years I see myself living through a historic episode when the country embraces a new government that knows it serves at the pleasure of the people, as opposed to the current scenario where the people in power believe they are God’s gift to Botswana and therefore can treat us as they please.  In 10 years I see the curtain coming down on my political career, after which I will commence a life of travel and writing. In 15 years   I want   to witness the government that took over in 2014 being voted out in favour of a different party.  I have concluded that the root problem with our country, as in other ruined countries that Botswana is so determined to emulate, is prolonged one party rule which is a sure recipe for what we are witnessing now – assault on democratic values and fundamental freedoms, corruption, leadership arrogance, human rights violations, privatisation of the state, nepotism, erosion of civil liberties and other excesses. If I had my way Batswana would replace the government every five years and at most allow one government only 10 years, before sending them OUT to pasture!

Q. Where do you see Botswana in the next five years?
My worst nightmare is to see Botswana going the way of other African countries, which contrived to destroy themselves because some selfish individuals believed they were bigger than the country. Therefore my wish is for a democratic, liberal, prosperous, and peaceful, compassionate and equal opportunity   Botswana.

Q. What qualities do you seek in a wife? In other words why have you still not found what you are looking for?
I think at my age, I know more or less what I want in a spouse. Perhaps it’s a question of the jitters. But it may just happen that some day you will receive an invitation card!

Q. How do you unwind at the weekend?
I am a regular guy, easy-going and very sociable around a close-knit circle of mates. We go camping in order to bond and relax.   During the World Cup, if we are not driving to watch some game we gather around the TV set together. But ever since the BMD project began it is not easy to find free time. I also read quite a bit. It has been a source of mystery to me how so many people can go through a day, let alone a whole lifetime without ever picking up a book.

Q. Which person (dead or alive) would you most like to have a conversation with?
My late grandfather James Ntuane who was one of the early pioneers of the BDP. He was one of two full time party organisers in the country during its early days. Our conversation would deal with the question of whether the party they formed still stands for the same values and beliefs.

Q. Which song just makes you want to get up and dance?
I don’t really dance. But I am a pretty good listener of music. I admire people who can dance. I went to watch Michael Jackson’s This Is It, twice.  In a different time I fancy I could be a hotshot music producer.

Q. As a man who has travelled extensively how do you feel about the lack of extracurricular facilities for the people?
As a Gaborone legislator, I think the city needs a big clean and green   park with all amenities where families can go relax, joggers exercise and young people can go relax and have clean, nice fun. In fact this is what every population centre needs. I also want to see campaigns aimed at getting young people to read more.

Q. At what age do you see yourself moving aside for new blood?
Ten years’ time sounds reasonable. It is important to mentor, move aside to give others opportunity to shine and reinvent oneself.

Q. In your eyes what would demonstrate success to a statesman such as yourself?
I want to lead a comfortable life. But that said coming from a developing country, and with poor relatives myself, I wish a better life for all. It is particularly depressing that we still have so much deprivation. Truth be told, the   BDP government has done a lot but more remains outstanding. That is why in all my endeavours, making a contribution to the attainment of social justice remains an imperative.

Q. What do you want to be remembered for?
A person who loved his country, who served and did his civic duty for the people.

Q. What are your last words?
Where there is courage and conviction, victory is certain…

PERSONAL PROFILE
Date of Birth: 11 March 1971
Place of Birth: Mmadinare, but a Phikwe boy
Education: BA Humanities (UB), MA Mass Communication (UK)
Favourite Foods: Ledombi le nama (dumplings and beef stew)
Favourite Book: A House for Biswas by VS Naipaul
Movie: City of God, Shawshank Redemption, Goodfellas, and Scarface
Documentaries: When we were kings, Mobutu; the rise and fall.

81 COMMENTS

  1. M nt a fanatic of politics bt it sucks 2 c batho ba batona ba lwela dilo di senabg pele le morago. Dats da reason y most of us Batswana r nt in2 dat dirty game. U vote for sm1 2day so he represent u kwa ntlong ya debate! Den wht hapens 2moro? Gaa dire sepe, wastin tym ka go lwa le ba bangwe. Whr does he put our intrest rona re mo tlhophileng? BoNtuane r nw focused in expandin their new baby, ba lebetse ka rona. Guyz col it quits, go tsene dose with our intrest at heart!

  2. Are fe Bontuane CHANCE,Botswana is no more a loving country to be in , sengwe le sengwe se fetogile, no more freedom of speech,Bangwe ba ntsetse lefatshe le la bone which is damm wrong.

  3. dilo tse magodu a ‘democracy’,,,ba utswile dithopho tsa batho….wy not resign then start afresh ka ‘phathi ya bone ya matagwa…..’opportunists!!!!!

  4. BO NTUANE BA KA SELWA KE MANG MORAGO,BA SENA DISCIPLINE GO TSWA KO NTLONG.WHAT I SEE KE GO TLALELA OUR ORGANISED PRESIDENT IAN KHAMA.KHAMA IS GOING TO RULE BOTSWANA A MANG KE TAU YA RORA OR WHAT.HE KNOWS WHAT HE IS DOING.SE KE SE BONANG KA BMD BA TLETSE LENYATSO LE JEALOUS.B.D.P KE MODI WA LEFATSHE.

  5. LE RE THABISITSE DITHONG LONA MA B.M.D BATHO BA SENA GO BOLAWA KE LETSATSI BA LE THOPHA ,BALE DIRA BATHO GO TSWA FA LE DIRA BOITHATELO.GALE ITSI GO BUA KGANG AMICABLE JAAKA BATHO BA TSENE SEKOLE,KANA BO NTUANE KE BANE BA KOPISA KO U.B.GA BA SOBEGA,KHAMA IS EDUCATED INSIDE THE HEART.

  6. i am going to vote come 2014 for the party that i think is in a position to serve the people as a servant NOT a master

  7. gate woman beater..mxm.le seka la itebatsa gore bagolo bangwe mo garona mo ebile ele baeteledipele ba thuba malwapa ebile ba na le bana ba tletsetletse mo

  8. That’s what is left at BDP, instead of debating issues affecting our country, you choose to attack a person personally. When you try to raise something on BDP facebook page, all they do is attack you and call you names like their leader, Khama who is not getting tired of calling people power hungry and self seeking. This is exactly what these BDP supporters are doing here. They are not focussing on issues raised here by Mr Ntuane and all they can think of is personally attacking him. Guys, Majority of Batswana are not ignorant like you. They are getting the message spread around by BMD, that is why you are seeing more people joining the movement from BDP. By 2014 BDP shall only be left with an old greasy jack that cannot even lift up a paper.! Shapa BMD shapaa!!

  9. Gender Disparity, Gender inequality,:”empowerment of women” are very much issues affecting our country… where do you think PASSION KILLINGS” stem from? what do they, these “Killings” reflect and call for in our country? The issue of “WOMEN ABUSE” in our society!……and here one of the first things that pop up about “your leader” “The lion that roars” is that he’s a “woman beater”, and you have the audacity to justify such a character as a “personal attack”, and label me “IGNORANT”…..do you know what is meant by IGNORANCE?…. when our leader takes a stand for “BOJALWA”! A major contributing behavioral factor to not just HIV/AIDS, CAR_accidents fatalities, but also “women_abuse”…………and just for the record , I’m a not a BDP member but a motswana woman calling for change and you speak of “movement for Democracy”.. this too is my quest for “DEMOCRACY”: are emeng BASADI……

  10. Scandy wee! You are in such sickening denial but Batswana are not! It’s just simple! You think these people are leadership material? Listen carefully to what they say man! It’s not good!

  11. what about verbal abuse some country leaders are using “women are troublesome” motho a lebala gore o tshotswe ke mosadi,how does that sound to married men…even women themselves??- get to politics not attacking somebody s personal life,mongwe le mongwe o na le diphoso in life…BDP no roots in cases of political debate,all abt corruption

  12. the revelution is here!!!jst wish all the leaders cud think like this man,u realy wnt to represent yo supporters thats why u cudint stand it at BDP fa o re o a buwa o bo otewa gotwe o buwa ka ofe o ja ka ofe,so we are watching u guys and we are really interested,keep up the good work!viva lerevelusion!!!!

  13. the revelution is here!!!jst wish all the leaders cud think like this man,u realy wnt to represent yo supporters thats why u cudint stand it at BDP fa o re o a buwa o bo o tewa gotwe o buwa ka ofe o ja ka ofe,so we are watching u guys and we are really interested,keep up the good work and forget about this ignorant,narrow minded and wayward BDP followers!viva lerevelusion!!!!

  14. the revelution is here!!!jst wish all the leaders cud think like this man,u realy wnt to represent yo supporters thats why u cudint stand it at BDP fa o re o a buwa o bo o tewa gotwe o buwa ka ofe o ja ka ofe,so we are watching u guys and we are really interested,keep up the good work and forget about this ignorant,narrow minded and wayward BDP followers!viva lerevelushan!!!!

  15. Hey waitse bo scandy le bo ntuane ke tsone dia thoteng di bapile.Rona we dont hav tym ya go sapota dimata le diingaudi.Yo gotweng ntuane o bata gone go tsaya puso gore kamoso a bo a tsoga a re ‘mosadi o tshwanetse go betswa’,no ways!diele-ele tse dingwe tsa re hewee hewee BMD ena le disapotara tse dintsi,kae re e teng, 1 million supporters on facebook who would not even go to the polling stations by 2014.Katt is ryt bo ntuane ke di material tsa go kopa hela leherehere leo!

  16. I do not have time to debate people with no direction like all of those here who are calling us names and not really debating issues affecting our country!! That’s all what is left at BDP. Your leaders like Skelemani, Khama, Merafhe, Mokaila and Molebatsi are no different from all of you. The remainder of BDP are useless people who have no experience in politics. They never know what to tell people when they are in a political rally. They are only good at calling people power hungry, self seeking and immigrants from outside the country! But Batswana shall judge for themselves on who is telling the truth come 2014!!

    Wena ChrisM, I have long told you to reserve your comments because you have no clue about whats happening on the ground because you have been away for a while. You only rely on the voice for info. All you are good at is telling people that BMD leaders are not leadership material without justifying your point so you’re better off keeping your comments to yourself instead of embarassing yourself by showing Batswana and the world how ignorant you are!!

  17. After reading this aticle,I totally despise and pity the followers of this so called Biggest Mental Dandas(BMD).Ntuane is so selfish indeed,from what he is saying he wants a laxarious life that is why he opted to being a politician(REF SECOND ANSWER TO HIS QUETION)No need to read the whole thing cause that is the main reason why his behaviour is so outraged.The man is a drunkard who should be concerned about his wellbeing before it is too late..cause he will soon be clasified alcoholist.His mentality is deterioriating this is why he cannot see good from bad.He is not at all up to Batswanas interest or progresion of the Country,he total thinks a Country is just like your own house.He is up to fulfiling lustful desires of which he could do without disguising that he is a politician.Those who are following this party should wake up and smell the coffee know that those people are not at all into leading you but misleading you.At the end lotlhe le tlaabo le rwele mabogo mo tlhogong.They have always been bitter and envious of their fellow democrats,therefore they are using all of you to fulfill personal desires.Period!!What Khama is doing should be praised as it is for the benefit of all of us,this is why improvements are all over,for the benefit of the Country.Of cause tshenyetso sechaba has been done,so Khama is saying enough is enough,it is high time the whole Country benefit as well.Is there anything wrong with that?Of cause he is not promising us manna form heaven,but he wants us to work with him to bring change.So the selfish once still want to continue le go senya in the name of BMD.All they neeed to do is to accept they are wrong and work for the benefit of the Country.They are just acting out of stress because they have beeen told off by the president to straighten up their acts of which in Ntuanes case ke gore a tlogele bojalwa.It is just tetosteone ga gona sepe fela se ba se dirang this disgrace of mankind.Ke tlhapedi fela se Ntuane a se dirang,ga gona sepe gape.All he is saying is so selfish,petty and so personal,It is so clear that those in this BIGGEST MENTAL DANDAS(BMD)have totally lost it mentally.At his age he should know better,o tsholola his education,exchanging it for folishness,fa e ne e kgona go neelwa batho o ne a ka e fa Batswana ba ba ka e dirisang botoka.Anyhow he is failing to MAN UP ka a tsaya gore ke monana,Ntuane at the age of 39 years,o monnaSimple!!!!.Kgotsa wena o golela ka kwa teng…setlhodi se!!Tlogela go iphora ka go tlhoka botho o re o monana,GA SE BOKWETE.wake up from that fantasy of yours,o tloga o tla go thanya thogo e thuntse.A E JEKE DOMI!!!nna ga ke na nako le mental people ba ba itwatsang ka bomo.

  18. NTUANE THE OTHER ADVICE IS KOPA TIRO KWA KGOROBA O NOSETSE BITLA LA NTATA A BONE LE MMAABO,MOZIMBABWE WA MODIMO GONGWE A KA BONA TIRO E E BOTOKA.KANA TOTA WENA WA RE O BATLA BOTSHELO JO BO BOTOKA,O KA KOKOTLETSA KA THUTHEGO YA GAGO YONE O E LATLHETSE MO MOTLHOBOLOKONG,GAPE O KA BONA MADINYANA A KGOPHEA,SHAKE SHAKE WA TLOGELA GO RE SEGA TSEBE.AS FOR POLOTIKI O BUA TLHAPEDI FELA AND O TSWELETSE KA GO SENYETSA SETSHABA O UTSWA GO AKANYA SENTLE GA BONE.A E JEKE DOMI!!

  19. Scandy you always act as if you know me personally but you don’t! Stop speculating about me and deal with issues! It’s increasingly becoming clear why these people could not fit in BDP! They are unruly, lawless, arrogant and awful people! They will continue to reveal their real character and i wonder how long you will continue to deny it! People who have no problem with alcohol abuse, alleged to abuse women, talk trash about the leader of a country at compaign trail that does not just disrepect the president but also his parents and teach anyone who cares to listen to be intolernt by talking negatively of the president’s British roots does not fit to be the leader of our country! We are not an intolerant, racist or xenophobic society! This is a BMD vice and they share it with ZANU-PF! There are many people who are citizens of Botswana who have ancestry in other countries just like our president! They are citizens of Botswana, Scandy, just like you and your BMD friends! We don’t need this! Why is this a campaign political point if it is not to plant seeds of intolerance or racism in our country?

  20. “My colleagues and I consider ourselves liberals committed to the maintenance of an open, democratic society”(NTUANE).
    U WERE VOTED FOR BY THE “PEOPLE”, AND IN A “DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY”, WHICH BY THE WAY, IS VERY MUCH EMBEDDED IN OUR CULTURE”, YOU FAILED YOUR VOTERS BY ACTING SOLELY OUT OF PERSONAL VENDETTA AGAINST AN INDIVIDUAL”
    “BDP was launching a vicious assault on civil liberties and human rights”(NTUANE).”OH! NOW ALL OF A SUDDEN, AFTER U’R IRRESPONSIBLE LEADERSHIP WAS PUT IN CHECK BY YOUR LEADERS” THATS WHEN YOU REALIZED “AN ASSAULT ON CIVIL LIBERTIES AND HUMAN RIGHTS” BUT PRIOR TO THAT YOU WERE DEFENDING NOT ONLY YOUR PARTY(BDP) BUT YOUR GOVERNMENT…WHAT A FILP_FLOPPER!

    “Our country is unrecognisable since April 2008”. It is a “society permeated by fear, mistrust and frustration”(NTUANE)…CONGRATULATIONS TO THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA, NOTABLY MMEGI! CONTINUE THE EXCELLENT JOB OF SPOON_FEEDING THE NTUANES WITH ALL THESE RANTS!

    “We could no longer stomach this terrible state of affairs”(NTUANE). WENA LE MANG NTUANE? HAVE U AT LEAST DIFFUSED YOURSELF ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO REALISTICALLY LEARN THE NEEDS TSA BATSWANA , DO YOU EVEN KNOW YOUR OWN COUNTRY? SHOULDN’T “DEMOCRACY” BE FORMULATED WITH THE CORE UNDERSTANDING OF YOUR PEOPLE, COUNTRY? Are u trully content with this notion of you going around, loosely and irresponsibly throwing around these “JARGONS” (ebe go ntse gotwe “heela o botlhale jang! le mo utlwile?) about CHANGE mme go sena sepe CONSTRUCTIVELY se le se buang? ITHUTENG BATSWANA, GO AROUND THE COUNTRY and LEARN FROM BATSWANA…. THERE LIES A LOT OF WISDOM OUT-THERE which once u’re equipped with then choose to fight for “DEMOCRACY” …it will be with some REALISM…then when you speak bo “IN THE INTEREST OF MY COUNTRY”..some of us might give you a time of our day…. BUT AGAIN IS THIS WHAT U”RE REALLY ABOUT? OBVIOUSLY NOT! …..

  21. BUILD UP YA-SELF NTUANE,O BOELE KO DOMI O KOPE MAITSHWARELO.O LESE GO NNA SEINGAODI,THE PRESIDENT OF BOTSWANA O GO DIRELA SENTLE GORE TLOGELA BOJALWA O TE O EMISE MEKGWA EE MASWE EO E DIRANG FA O NOLE.THAT MAKES SENSE.GA A LETELELE MEGOPOLO EE LE GORE BATSWAKWA BA ITIRELA BOITHATELO,MY HONOR KHAMA KICK THEM OUT,I LIVE IN NEWYORK,U.S.A.OVER HERE FA DIPAMPIRI TSA GAGO TSA MMEREKO DI FELA(WORK AUTHORISATION)GA O SALE THOLE OLE MOTHO,YOU DO A LITTLE SHIT O TSAMAILE.KE ENG LE BATA BATSWAKWA BA NENEKEDIWA.LE I POLELELA GORE FA BALE KWANO BA A LE ITSE.

  22. it sims lyk u batswana r not aware dat u r da nxt zim!if i was frm ur cntry i was gng to vote ani party but not BDP!

  23. if you are not motswana wena kreek,whatever your name is…shut up ang go back where ever you are coming from,this is why you are not motswana and will never be,o batlang mo leroleng la dikatse o sena dikatsana.Your opinion is not needed at all.We are building Batswana and showing BMD gore tsela ke efe ka ke matswa tseleng.So be corncened ka your own Country.Ga re batle legwafa le le nkgang fa.

  24. VIVA BMD VIVA….SHAAPA BMD.. SHAAPA WE NEED CHANGE,IF YOU CANT STAND THE HEAT IN THE KITCHEN THEN FUCK OFF,YOU CAN SAY WHATEVER YOU WANT KA BMD,O TLA BOELWA KE ENG? BITTERNESS WILL NOT GET YOU ANYWHERE

  25. YOU WILL BE FINE THE ABOVE PERSON,IT SHOWS HOW UNDERSTANDING AND HOW CAREFUL YOU READ ALL DIKAKELO.YOU ARE STILL ANGRY THOUGH,CALM YOURSELF DOWN.BOTSWANA IS GOING SOME WHERE.THAT IS WHAT MATTERS.IT SHOULD BE RECOGNISED.TSHOLETSA DOMI!!!!!!!!!!1

  26. Ba bolele Akgelang… ba BDP ba na le mathata waitse… ga ke itse gore ka gore ba kobile batho mo partying, ba re batho ba kabo ba dirile jang… and wena Scandy, i like yr mentality waitse… Chris M o go setse morago mme gaa bue sepe, and ga a kake a tswa ka sepe… mo reye atle gae atle go bona se se diraglang… Rre_Ntuane o na le balatedi rra, ma BDP ba ka go bitsa maina, kana ba bitsa BMD maina a leswe, hela le rona re na le lona, re teng… Viva BMD…

  27. Letlapa le ikadile,letlapa le ikadile,ba re tlhomola dipelo,nna ga re re tshoswe ke marago a dule ka lethaba phefo,bo phefo e fofela kae?BMD!!le reketlisiwa ke eng,pono ya lona e kae,a ditlhabololo mo go lona ke sebe.sadness e mo go lona.Le tla fola!!!!!!!tsholetsa domi,tsholetsa lefatshe.Lona ba bmd ya go ipeitang lo ntshe gala e e mo go lona,le dikgakgelo tsa lona ke tsa botlhogonkope fela.jeka jeka jeki!! na la re viva ke sekae?

  28. o tla ba utlwa malope a BDP tlogelang Ntuane oitse se a se dirang and we have your back man

  29. Soon ma-BDP ba tlaabo ba re Viva ke letlhapa… ha o bona ba ratile go itse gore Viva ke sekae jaana… e a ba huhutsa BMD… bo LETLAPA and all BDP supportes in this forum are typical examples of bitter BDPs, they can’t accept gore BMD has been found, and it will be here for as long as it takes, ba rogakana hela jaaka ba senka… Ipeite pele o ntshe bogalaka joo ja bo-bitterness… otla fola… Shapa the “Le’ Orange”..

  30. WAITSE KE GORE NTUANE LE FA A BUA BOKOA FELA,LE MO TSAYA TSIA BATHONG.KE MANG YO O BATLANG GO TLHOLA A BUISITSWE KE LETAGWA,KANA SE SE TSWANG MO MOLOMONG WA LETAGWA KE TLHAPA FELA.A TOTA DISAPOTARA TSA BMD,LE ITSE GORE THERE SHOULD BE A BETTER GENERATION NEXT,WE HAVE TO PREAPARE IT.JUST IMAGINE IN THE NEXT YEARS TO COME,BATSADI LE BANA BA TAGIWA,BA ROGANA,FA BA KGALEMELWA BA BO BA RE BA DIRA PHATHI E NGWE,KANA THAT IS WHERE WE ARE HEADING TO,FA GO SENANG MOLAO TENG GOTLHELELE.GO SA KGALEMELWE.TOTA THE ONLY OPPOSITION PARTY THAT WILL EVER BE KE BNF FELA,TSE DINGWE TSE THEY ARE FORMED OUT OF FRASTRATION FELA WAITSE!!THEY ARE NEVER GOING TO BE NEW AT ALL.

  31. NNA FROM WHAT I SEE,BMD WILL NEVER SETTLE,BECAUSE FA GO KA DIRAGALA GORE IN THEIR WOLRD OF DREAMS GO TSENE,JUST ONE MEMBER MO PALAMENTENG E LE WA BMD,BA TSILE GO LWA TOTA KA BO BONE,KE GONE SEKAO SA BONE SA SHAPA SE TLA BEREKANG THATA…GO TLA LELA MPAMA E E MASWE.THE THING IS THEY HAVE NO LIKENESS YA PHATHI LE THE WELLBEING YA LEFATSHE,BA MO GO IPUSOLOSETSENG FELA IN THE NAME OF BMD.I HAVE NEVER KNOWN ANY CONTINENT OR COUNTRY E EVERYONE A BATLANG GO NNA PRESIDENT.BUT IN THE WORLD OF BMD,BA BATLA GO NNA PRESIDENTS,THIS IS WHY BA LWA LE THE PRESIDENT,BA SA KGONE GO LEMOGA SE A SE DIRELANG LEFATSHE,KE DUMELA LE YO O RENG KE TSHIKA TSA SENNA DI LWANG FELA.

  32. o a feditse [email protected],ba tsile go betsana tota,but we will not be supprised ba re shapa,the only fear i have as motswana ke gore everyone o tsile go nna a culprit ya tsenwa tse,kana ditsenwa di rata go betsa fela di sa lebelele ka tota di a tsenwa,ke raya gore o ka bona fela gore shapa yo ke wa ntwa tota.ke tshogela new generation e ya go gola e itse gore go a betsanwa in life,o betsa mogolo,o roga mogolo,go be gotwe halelujah.fa go dirwa bomolemo gatwe o re fotseke,kgantele go tla a bo go sena tirisanyo mmogo e le mind yo own people,i tell you soon bana ba tla a bo ba botsa batsadi gore ba ba tsholetseng fa ba sa batle ba ba roga e bile ba a nwa bojalwa.ke hutsafalela botswana wa kamoso dilo di le kalo.gatwe re re ntuane o botlhale le ditsala tsa gagwe fa ba latlhega.

  33. Nna ga ke wa phathi epe, fela ke rata go lebisa batswana betsho ntlha e nngwe ke e, ke ntse ke utlwa gotwe batho ba ka se etelle pele coz ke matwaga, can someone tel me who is perfect eg from the ruling party (BDP). u want to tell mi dat all BDPs r perfect…plizzz…..

    but stil u vote for them even if u know dat he is useless of womaniser/beater or thief or wateva

    ke mang yoo sa rateng maemo, ke mang yoo seng legodu etc…. the moment u say i want to be a representative of the people it means o rata maemo.

    Pliz lets not judge the people by their personal lifetstyles but by wat they can do for Batswana

  34. @HAPPY o botlhale a utlwe,people like you ba akgela nicely and straight to the point,i even like your vision waitse over 100 years,you have faith and all bdp should have the same,legale tota as bdp ga re na tshika ya bitterness,we can only see the future being better and say well done to the man in power,there is nothing wrong with saying well done to anyone who is improving,ga go tseye/senye sepe @ all,infact you become blessed.now see balwetsi ba kgopisega,they will not understand your statement as they dont understand tlhabologo le tswelelo,we dont expect them to get any positive respond made in here…motho a re ke bolwetsi jo bo tsamayang.kana khama ga a gane go re phoso e dirafetse,o ne a re go baakangwe gape go bonwe gore a re ka se dire pharologanyo,batho bone ba bo ba ngala,i wonder if they have come up with other names tsa their new parties yet,cause soon ba tla abo ba foma tse dingwe.or they are not preapared yet as they always.a e jeke domi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  35. wai domi ke party ya bagodi le banana ba ba senang bokamoso,ba ba bitter mo botshelong..VIVA BMD VIVA

  36. batlogeng ba tsamae,ba tsamae,ba tlogeleng ba tsamae.tiro ya bone e ba paletse,e ba paletse,tiro ya bone e ba paletse.TSHOLETSA DOMI YA RONA LE BAGOLO LE BANANA BA BA NANG LE TEBELO PELE,BA TLOTLA BATSADI,TLOTLA MMAGO LE RRAGO GORE MALATSI A GAGO A NTSIFALE.

  37. rara itshwarele ba bmd le balatedi ba bone ga ba itse se ba se dirang.ba latlhegetswe ke tsela,ba kgelositswe ke ditlhapa(sebe)o itshwarele ntuane ka go goga ba bangwe ko pele go dira bosula,ke mogolo yo o mo lefifing,ga a itse le fa a godile,a re ke monana.nna tota ba nkama rara.le fa re tsholetsa mabogo go go obamela bone ba batla go re shapa.ke buisiwa se ke pelo e e botlhoko tota rara ka ba a latlhega tshaba ya gago.

  38. Mogae ene ele letagwa bt he was a better president than the sober Khama..or maybe because he was better educated than khama thats y he made Ntuane a specialy lected Mp. Now that brings us to the conclusion that ntuane is more informed than khama and most of you guys..what iv seen is that most of you claim that khama is good bcoz gaa nwe booz,bt tell me….who would u prefer btwn letagwa le motho yoo bolayang batho??

  39. There shall come a time when it will be derogatory to call somebuddy a ‘mo-domkrag’. I can bet on this one, and I only make a bet when I’m ceratin of winning. TO BDP FOLLOWERS: YOUR ATTITUDES WILL MAKE LIFE UNBEARABLE FOR YOU IN YEARS TO COME.

  40. Can sumbdy give me the meaning of the word power hungry! For the record m apolitical but the political landscape rite now is so interesting. BDP has been in power for over forty years nd they hve done their part< al is thre to bear testimony to thta. but rtuth be told now is the tym for change. one minister was investigated for coruption, our good president did well nd took him out of cabinet< now another one is investigated nd our pres is silent!! a BWP40 000 fridge was bought for him at our expense notin is said!! Money meant for disaster management was diverted nd formed the DIS, the diverter acted outsid his authority nd wit ful knowledge frm the office of the president, still noting ws done. a central party committe ws voted by the people in Kanye< where is it now? mi wish is for every voter to critcally analise these issues nd al others not mentioned before entrusting anione wit public office. anwy i dnt hve a problm wit bdp bein voted in again um 2014 as lon s thier house is kept more in order than it is now

  41. Mogae o ne a tagwa mme a na le tlhaloganyo le fa o bona a ne a diga pula o ne a e diga ka mabaka. bo ntuaneke bananyana fela re ka se sale lorole lwa dikatse morago re sa itse gore tsare peba di ya go e bona kane.ntuane a re nnete ya buiwa bdp e dirile gole gontse evn thou go santse gona le gole gontse mo go ka dirwang YES o ka se kgone dilo ka nako e le nngwe fa o le botlhale. viva domi via. Ke le beletse dikgakgelo thy r few bmd comments which means domi ya wina.

  42. m so suprised tht batho ba bua ka botagwa jwa ga Motlotlegi Ntuane mme gatwe bagaka ba rona bane ba nwa dikhadi mo mme tiro yone ba e dira..ke kopa re lebe gore motho o ka dira eng eseng gore a wa nwa kana gaa nwe..Tota ke lemoga fa bontsi re sena bokamoso fa ele gore re tsile go akgela gone jaana..Boamaruri re a boitse dilo dingwe gadi tsamaye sentle mme bontsi jwa dilo re ka di akgolela puso ee busang___ akalo, “o tla ya go ja ko pele”!!!

  43. IF BMD E BATLA CHANGE,THEY COULD START NOW,MADI A BA SENYANG BA TLHOLA BA TABOGILE MO BA TLHOKA MMEREKO BA KABO BA A DIRISA GO AGA SENGWE SE SE BOTLHALE JAAKA PATELA SA BALWALA TLHALOGANYO.I MEAN WHAT CHANGE DO THEY WANT TO SEE IF THEY CANNOT SEE THE CHANGES MADE BY BDP SO FAR.BULD SOMETHING BIG WITH YOUR PERSONAL MONEY,WE WILL THEN SEE CHANGE EO YA LONA EO,I MEAN YOU DONT EVEN KNOW WHAT THE WORD CHANGE MEANS:IT MEANS TO MAKE AN IMMEDIATE DIFFERENCE.SO YOU DONT HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL AFTER DITLHOPHO,YOU CAN START NOW.

  44. IJA LE GONE BA EMETSE GONE GORE KHAMA A DIRE DITLHABOLOLO TSOTLHE E RE FA GO KA DIRAGALA GORE GO TSENE EVEN ONE OF THEM MO PALAMENTENG E BO E NNA EKETE KE ENE A DIRILENG SENGWE MO KGAOLONG YA GAGWE.BA LEMILWE KE GO DIRELWA DISO TSE.AT THE END OF THE DAY THEY WILL NEVER,I SAY AGAIN NEVER BE NEW,THEY HAVE BDP TRAITS,MADI A BDP.BA ITSHWENYA FELA MATAGWA A,GA KE GANE GORE BATHO BA A NWA MME GA GA NTUANE GONE IS A CONCERN,BALATEDI BA BMD THUSANG MOGALONA O SENYA BETE SA GAGWE LE TLOGELE GO LELA DIBAKA.

  45. ke sone seo betsho,gatwe re nne re halelujah fa batho ba tswa mo tseleng,they only no the word change,they dont know what it means,i mean nna ke sale ke ntse mo bdp,i know gore re sale re ntse re busiwa ke bagolo ba rona ba ba tlotlegang bo rre Masire le ree Mogae,ba lekile fa ba lekang teng and i do apreciate their hard work so much.But e rile fa rre Kgama a tsaya setilo a bo a tsweledisa fa ba eming teng,but he made what we call a lot of changes within a short period,BMD what Kgama has done is called change le autlwa.Ga a ka a lwa le bagolo ba pele go dira seo,o dirile jalo in the same party.So others could have done the same.Boikokobetso betsho bo a busetsa e le ruri,tlogelang go kgatlhwa ke go sa direng molemo le go sa boneng fa yo mongwe a fetoga.Kgama deserves a pat from all of you le gore le bereke le ene,Go nna tlhogo nkope ga go duele gotlhelele borra.Le ma BDP NO MATTER WHAT YOU CAN DO,IF YOU FEEL BDP IS WRONG IN ANYWAY,YOU CAN NEVER EVER WIN FA PELO TSA LONA DI LE BOTLHOKO,LE SA NNE FA FATSHE LA BUISANA,AME A KALO BETSHO.A E JEKE DOMI.

  46. I HAVE READ A LOT OF DIKGAKGELO ABOVE,I AM NOT OF ANY POLITICAL PARTY AT THE MOMENT,BUT I FAIL TO UNDERSTAND WHY PEOPLE WANT TO FOLLOW ANYONE WHO IS PROMISING THE WHAT THEY DONT HAVE THEMSELFS,WHY PEOPLE WANT TO WAIT UNTIL 2014 TO SEE THE CHANGES WHEN ALREADY THERE ARE A LOT OF CHANGES GOING AROUND IN OUR COUNTRY,DONT YOU THINK YOU GUYS ARE MISSING THE OPPOTUNITY TO CHANGE YOURLIFES WAISTING IT ON THE FUTURE AHEAD OF WHICH IT IS NOT PROMISING AT ALL.DONT WANT TO KNOW THE MAIN REASONS WHY THOSE GUYS OF BMD LEFT BDP,WHY DONT YOU ASK THEM WHY THEY ARE NOT WORKING THEMSELFS.THOSE PEOPLE HAVE MADE IT IN LIFE SO FAR SO THEY ARE DELAYING ALL OF YOU TO MAKE THE FUTURE FOR YOURSELFS.THEY ARE JUST TOO SELFISH TO BE HONEST.FORGET ABOUT POLITICS AND TAKE ADVANTAGE OF WHAT THE GOVERNMENT IS DOING AT THE MOMENT AND LET THEM FIGHT THEIR OWN WAR THAT THEY HAVE STARTED.TAKE MY ADVICE GUYS AND IT SHALL BE WELL WITH ALL YOUR LIFES.AMEN!!!!

  47. At least Ntuane gaa bolae batho jaaka Ian…plis Ian gase Modimo lesang go mo obamela. let him be critisized lona bo Chris ‘Moron’

  48. A re tshwareng pelo madomkraga aa rategang..se ileng se abo se ile,morena o ne a le adimile puso labo le e neela masole bt lea itse gore masole a ntse jang! ke yoo ngwana wa lona o neela kganetso…The infamous Ian Khama,he is not politically desciplined nor informed

  49. pli Beauty, use setswana coz honestly yo english is very cofusing…anyway to all those whose loyalty lie with the ruling party,i feel for you guys. gago mothofo go dumela gore go senyegile bt the writing is on the wall ”THE END OF THE BDP ERA IS HERE”

  50. Ele gore Ntuane o tlhabiswa ditlhong ke NATA/GWETA fa a re o tswa Phikwe jaana?Makgalemele le Masimolole ba jele kgano ba molaetse,ba tla leka ko bolong.thupa ya rona ke tlhopho ka 2014 e seng sepe gape.ba bareng tautona bo malomaagwe ba ko london ga ba a laega.motho o laiwa ke bo rangwaneaagwe,re tloga re ba tlontlolola

  51. Kante lona ba le reng Ntuane ke letagwa,le mmona lona le le ko kae? Le lona go raya gore le matagwa there4 le seka la ipaa botoka

  52. le bua tshuko fela waitse. lare batho ba age sepatela sa ba lwala tlhaloganyo ka madi a bone, kana ga ke utlwe sentle. le tagilwe waitse. nna i dont supprt BMD but pls talk sense but le bua tshuko fela.

  53. Typical Botswana politics, stop character assasin, address issues. If at all Botsala o nwa bojwala, so what? who doesnt? Concern here should be what do they bring to the table to better the lifes tsa Batswana. Someone ommented gore they should use “their money” to build hospitals, are you serious? Please don’t tell me that you believe that all the developmental projects under BDP rule are funded from individual pockets. I hope not. Batswana just educate yourselves about your rights and get up and go vote. You have a powerful tool called a vote, how many of us use it? FOOD FOR THOUGHT.

  54. I UNDERSTANG YO O RENG BMD BA DIRISE MADI A BONE GO AGA PATELA SA BALWALA TLHALOGANYO,AKERE BA ALWALA,GAPA GA BA BATLE GO DIRISA DITLAMELO TSA GA GOROMENTE KA GA BA BATLE IAN.SO THEY WONT EVEN GO TO GOV HOSPITAL GO THUSIWA.THE OTHER THING IS THEY WANT CHANGE SO INSTEAD OF GO DIRISA MADI A GA GOROMENTE GO DIRA SEPE,THEY CAN DO A CHANGE YA GO DIRISA MADI A BONE.THEY JUST WANT TO STOP OTHER PEOPLE GO DIRISA MANANEO A GA GOV BA RE B KA DIRA ANYTHING BETTER.BA RAYA KA BONE BA SETSE BA ITIRETSE MO BOTSHELONG.TLOGELANG GO AKETSWA KE DITSENO BETSHO.

  55. you are right Tswanis, nna ga ke itse gore gatwe go buiwa eng. madi a dirisiwang for ditlhabololo ga a tswe mo dipateng tsa ga ope, lesang go re aketsa. ke jaaka ba bangwe ba rekela banyana dikoloi mme ba na le malwapa gape ba tsofetse jaaka ba tsofetse mme ba a ja bananyana, sis disgusting. afa ba bua ka go nwa bojalwa ga ga Botsalo, tseo tsone ba a di lebala, banna ba ba senang seriti mme ba le batona le gone ba thuntse dinana. le bua ka meno a batho, a le reng, a ke ene a ipupileng. talk politics not nonsense.

  56. A nare ware sepatela sa balwala tlhaloganyo? U ar completly lost mi dear. If may b u ar sick Lobatse has many spare beds. Madi a ditlhabololo ke a sechaba not aga Ian.

  57. EE KARE SEPATELA SA BALWALA TLHALOGANYO AKERE BA BMD TSE TSWENWA FELA BOTLHE,SO BA SE IKAGELE BA TLE BA YE GO ALAFELWA TENG KO SONE KOO.AKERE GA BA RATE SE GOROMENTE A SE DIRANG SO GA BA KAKE BA YA KWA LOBATSE MENTAL HOSPITAL GO YA GO ALAFIWA LE NTSWA BA TSENWA.O KA UTLWA FELA DITLHAPA TSA BONE MO IAN GORE E NGWE KOLOTSWANA E FAPOGILE.SEPATELA SE BA TLAABONG BA SE AGA,KE SE ELENG GORE BA TLAABO BA HIRA BDP GO TLA GO BA SHAPA,KA BA RE SHAPA,BA BA TSENYA MO TSELENG.BA KA DIRISA MADI A BONE A A TSWANG MO PATENG TSA BONE BA TLOGELA GO TLHOLA BA BASENYA KA PETEROLO BA YA GO BUA DITLHAPA.THAT WILL BE ONE STEP FORWARD YA CHANGE.IF YOU CANT SEE WHAT THE GOVERNMENT IS DOING FOR YOU IT MEANS LE MADI A GOROMENTE GA O A BATLE,IT SHOWS YOU ARE CAPABLE ON YOUR OWN.SO BMD AGANG PATELA SEO LE SE OWN,ATLEAST E TLA ATLE LO NTSE LO GOAGOA MO LOBOLELELE BATHO GORE LONA LE GAISITSE GOROMENTE LE AGILE PATELA SEO GO IKALAFELA TENG.JEKA MOJEKANA,JEKA!!!!!!!

  58. gatwe the lion that roars,monang o,tota the voice le sotlelang tsininikane e,a tletse jaana.kana mpanyana e ya gagwe e botlhoko e e supa fela gore sebete se ajega,ene a re o nonne.shakeshake e mo jela mo teng,ba le mo itseng thusang le lese go kgatlhwa ke motho a ikopela lebitla.ijoo.a re bdp ka e ne e mo neela madi a a neng a ka itirela mantlentle a a eletsang ao,o batla eng jaanong.o batla go lwela meriti le bo nkgatapane.ntuane ya go bereka wa re o rutegile o tlogele go hema ka bonye.kana o a tsofala,wena wa re fa ba go sotla ba re o problem child o nna monana ka ba bua.botsofe bo gorogile buti,tantabala e a nkgakga,wena o ithaya o re o golela ka kwa teng.we all wished to stop at 14 or 21,ke sone se o fitlhelang re tshegatshega fa motho a re”hei kare o le 24″but the fact remains…kgolo every end of the year e a tsena.wake up from that dream o tloga o thanya fa tlase ga khubu ya go go le go sweusweu,kana ga o go bone ka mpa e thibile,o tsenye seipone o bone,o tla gakgamala.

  59. BOTSALO NTUANE GOT UNCIRCUMCISED LIPS…TO BATHO BA BA SA ITSENG POLITICS PLZ DO NOT COMMENT COZ LE ITHABISA DITHONG KA GO BUA KA DILO TSE LO SA DI ITSENG.

  60. @LEMANG,NTUANES MIDDLE NAME IS MYOPIC SO HE CANT CHANGE HIS DOMESTIC POLICY.HE CANNOT DO ANY BETTER THAN THAT UNTIL HE GOES BACK TO BDP AND STOP DRINKING FOR EVERYONE ELSE IN THE WORLD.NKGO YA MABELE,SHAKE SHAKE!!

  61. tota le roganela eng bo tsininikane ao. fa motho wa lona a roga batho ba ba bitsa mazimbabwe lare go monate. grow pls.

  62. So this guy is in politics because of lack of career. No wonder he likes power. Idiots like Ntuane thinks politics is a career

  63. BDP used to be a good party prior to Khama taking the seat.Yes Khama has made changes but those changes are working against him!! re tlhoka diphetogo tse di tswelang batswana mosola not dictatorship.Indeed Khama thinks he is God,ga re masole rona we need freedom,in 2014 i’lb voting 4 any opposition party like i did last year!Shaapa

  64. We need to see a change, that will improve our lives, bathong re a sotlega,Please Mr president give our young generation to do the math for you without using a gun!!We need brains that can solve the economic statistics in our country, people drink so what? Obama drinks, white people drink but they look after their people, they don’t purnish and ruin their jobs and lives, I think it is better we give BMD a chance it is not only Ntuane, there are other members too. All the best, and pray to God to assist you. I’m with you, cheers!!!!to future success.

  65. people have bought expensive fridges with our money so go home banna bagolo ke lona n give youth a chance to rule this country n bana ba lona ba jele madi a dithabololo tsa Bots so tswang…………..

  66. Be wise with the Game of polotics, most batswana youth like fashion, your life will get delayed by this people Ntuane ona le Degree fa go pala o batal tiro. i agree with Beauty. why wait for 2014 when you can change your life now?be wise guys politics is a dirty Game.