I am worried
Politics, politics, politics, a boring subject right? An undesirable, boring subject that most youth just don’t have interest in.
Now I for one, I am one young person who is so into politics and it’s amazing. I mean considering my age, who would have thought. Like I stated on one of my articles, now that I’m 18, I am really looking forward to the coming elections so I cast my first ever vote. So excited I must add. We don’t need rocket scientists to tell us that more than 80% of the youth in Botswana are just not interested in politics.
They are just not bothered when it comes to such issues, of course there are some who are interested in politics, but this is a small number compared to those who are not. Now I’m very concerned with this and I hope that this mentality will stop.
So I ask you, the youth of Botswana, why are you not interested in politics? Is it the youth, is it the people who are already into politics (our elders), what is it really? And what do you think can be done to increase the involvement of youth in politics? I think that one factor that has contributed to the lack of interest of youth in politics is the trend of old people dominating politics. We all know that nowadays when people retire, they turn to politics and they just don’t give the youth a chance to shine in these affairs. So I believe this has resulted in youth shying away from politics.
I mean we grew up seeing only old people being involved in politics and so some of us actually thought that this is the way it has to be and that only old people are allowed to be politicians. It is clear that youth are needed in order for our country to move forward, without youth involvement in politics, Botswana will forever be stationary in it’s current state. I know nowadays banana ba a thinyathinya (youth are slowly getting interested in politics) but not much is being done to insure that our involvement in politics is increased. Howeve I think our country’s politics is not interesting enough.
I mean it’s always easy to predict which party is going to win and rule the country. Now if we keep having all these small parties (some of them we hear about them at the polling stations) and one big party, the same party is always going to win. It’s better we have two parties, maybe then we will get a bit of action. Until then the ruling party will forever be relaxed as they know they got this under their belt. This is another thing that I think contributes to the lack of interest of youth in politics, we are just bored. I asked a well known motswana youth Paphani Masalila what he thought was the cause for minimum involvement of Batswana youth in politics and this is what he had to say:
“Firstly politics in Botswana is seen as selo sa bagolo, I mean we as the youth have not been given a chance to sit with the elders and discuss hard pressing issues. This is something that is embedded in our culture gore bana ga ba nke ba kopana le bagolo. For one to be in a respectable position within a political party they have to have passed through the youth league first or o tla tsena fa mogolo a lapile (or you’ll get the position when an elderly person has retired).
The other reason why youth find it hard or really have no interest in politics is for the mere reason that our politicians have gone into politics for the wrong reasons. For a country like ours it’s hard to find someone who wants to make a difference without crushing someone else. We recently saw the ruling party go through something that we never thought could happen, people leaving the party because of the power struggle.