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Inauguration Address: Botswana President Ian Khama

Ian_Khama_(2014)On October 28, 2014 Botswana’s President Ian Khama addressed the nation after he was sown in by Chief Justice Maruping Dibotelo.

I have the honour and privilege of taking this solemn Presidential Oath of Office. In doing so, I am once more humbled by the trust and confidence and great responsibility that has been conferred upon me and my party to once more lead our country forward. We have just emerged from another election that has once more demonstrated our commitment to the democratic processes and values that have sustained our peaceful progress over the past five decades. I must commend the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) and all others who ensured that this year’s poll, like all of those that have preceded it, was conducted in a free and fair manner.

1. I have the honour and privilege of taking this solemn Presidential Oath of Office. In doing so, I am once more humbled by the trust and confidence and great responsibility that has been conferred upon me and my party to once more lead our country forward.

2. We have just emerged from another election that has once more demonstrated our commitment to the democratic processes and values that have sustained our peaceful progress over the past five decades.

3. I must commend the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) and all others who ensured that this year’s poll, like all of those that have preceded it, was conducted in a free and fair manner.

4. Let me congratulate all those from across the country who were elected to Parliament and the local Councils. But, as we savour our respective victories, let us remain mindful of the fact that the real and urgent work now begins as we come together to move Botswana forward.

5. As political leaders it is our responsibility to provide direction and to lead by example, by putting the nation’s interests first while re-committing ourselves to the values of tolerance, mutual respect and self-discipline.

6. As the custodians of a mature democracy we recognise that elections are the means to a greater end of forming a Government capable of translating the popular will into public delivery. In a few days from now I shall be presenting before the newly elected Parliament a detailed blueprint of how we as the newly elected Government propose to continue along our path toward achieving our ideals for a better Botswana.

7. Today I will therefore confine myself to confirming what shall be our governing priorities as we move Botswana forward. These priorities, which were set out in my party’s election manifesto, shall stand as this administration’s collective performance agreement with the nation. They include: job creation; food security; expanded land and housing ownership; access to quality education; economic empowerment and the eradication of poverty.

8. In carrying out our mandate to deliver on each of these priorities, as well as other programmes, my administration shall also continue to be guided by our roadmap for achieving a better Botswana as signposted by the “5Ds.” This roadmap can be summarised as our pledge to achieve a dignified life for all Batswana through the delivery of sustainable economic development that is driven by a culture of democratic accountability and rooted in a renewed sense of social discipline.

9. In keeping with this pledge, we as Government have all along appreciated the fact that the key to achieving sustainable diversified economic growth and social security lies in the development of our people. We shall, therefore, maintain our focus on the delivery of improved education and training, along with the provision of expanded vocational opportunities through our Economic Diversification Drive (EDD) and citizen empowerment initiatives.

10. To further diversify our economy, we shall capitalise on emerging opportunities within the mineral sector, through further beneficiation, as well as in other sectors such as agriculture, tourism and ICT driven services. Our ongoing success in establishing our country as a global hub to market diamond processing should, in this respect, now serve as a beacon of what we can also accomplish in other areas.

11. We further appreciate the fact that our future can never be secure as long as too many of our graduates remain either jobless or underemployed. In moving Botswana forward we shall therefore accelerate our efforts to ensure that the skill development within our education and training institutions is better aligned to our emerging needs. In this we shall remain constant in our goal of developing the requisite skills base to meet the demands of today’s globalised, knowledge based economy.

12. In our efforts towards realising people centred development we shall, moreover, continue to give special priority to youth development and empowerment.

13. In promoting the dignity of all Batswana we have pledged ourselves to the creation of an enabling environment of economic opportunity that leaves no citizen behind. A cornerstone of our efforts to achieve inclusive growth will be our continued nurturing of small, medium and micro-enterprises (SMMEs) as vehicles of self-empowerment and catalysts for grassroots development.

14. For those most in need we shall move forward with the Poverty Eradication Programme, where we are already in striking distance of meeting our primary goal of eliminating extreme poverty among able bodied Batswana in 2016.

15. Our commitment to dignity for all is further reflected in our interventions on behalf of those living in Remote Area Communities or having special needs such as people living with disabilities, orphans and those with health conditions, as well as the less fortunate in general.

16. As a Government we continue to recognise that the dignity of our society and quality of our democracy, along with the delivery of sustained development are all dependent on us finding the discipline within ourselves to sacrifice selfish and short term interest for nation building. We must work together to obtain standards of excellence that will enable us to compete with the very best in the world.

17. Let us also continue to recognise that discipline is a prerequisite to overcoming many of our social challenges, be it the spread of HIV, the damage caused by alcohol and substance abuse, the corrosive effects of crime and corruption or the loss of family and community cohesion.

18. In any democracy the rights of individuals and institutions must be counterbalanced with shared civic responsibility and consideration for the rights of others, along with the national interest as a whole.

19. As I have observed on previous occasions, but here wish to reiterate, the generations who preceded us progressed with dignity through much harder times by preserving the collective discipline of their communities. Their example of achieving much with little is a challenge for all of us to find the strength and motivation to achieve much more.

20. Let me here conclude by once more acknowledging the immense responsibility that has once more been entrusted to me. I remain mindful of the fact that while some of us have been chosen on temporary terms to exercise political leadership, it is the citizens who at all times remain as our masters.

21. Finally, as we cross another milestone in our nation’s path of progress let us seek strength in the blessings of the Lord who makes all things possible. I thank you all for your attention. God bless you all. Pula!!!

Another Mugabe Sowing Seeds of Tribalism & Genocide

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Grace Mugabe

‘When Elephants fight its the grass that suffers’.

The concubine turned wife of Robert Mugabe has been campaigning for the Zimbabwe ruling party Zanu PF. She has held several ‘Meet the People’ rallies to drum up support for her intention to head the Women’s League at least it seems. ZANU-PF congress in December will likely be one of the most interesting and divisive party elections where the party is expected to choose Mugabe’s  successor and fill many influential posts.

Mugabe’s wife, Grace who failed her GCSE O levels and somehow landed a job in the President’s office was for a time enrolled at the University of London where she flunked out due to her dismal pass rate. However, a few months ago she enrolled at the University of Zimbabwe and two months later was awarded a PhD despite never having published a single academic paper in any journal as required in academia or having a dissertation or thesis in the university library system.

While on a campaign, Grace has now chastised men of Matabeleland accusing them of marrying a lot of wives and making too many children they end up failing to take care of.“It is very common here to find a man with 5, 6 or 10 wives what kind of a bull is that?” she said according to the Zimbabwe Mail. These words of tribalism from a woman who left her husband for a married man preaching morality and getting her the nick-name “disGrace” Mugabe.

  • She claimed that President Mugabe was a priest because he prayed for the nation yet the First Lady later told a rally in Gweru that she was ready to spill blood if she was forced out from her Iron Mask Farm that she grabbed from a family in Mazowe.
  • Used a baby dumping analogy to describe what the party should do to those sowing seeds of factionalism
  • While addressing a crowd in Bulawayo she openly rebuked supporters for leaving the stadium while she was speaking, “You are disorganized Bulawayo. This is disrespectful. We are about to finish. Sit down. Where are those women going? Anyone who doesn’t sit down will not receive the farming inputs I brought. If you stand up while I am speaking, you are inferring that I am speaking nonsense.”
  • While in Marondera she openly accused Vice President Mujuru of being corrupt, power hungry, selfish and a champion of western interests all the while accusing her of helping sponsor the opposition parties (MDC and Mavambo).
  • While in Marondera she also openly humiliated the Party Chairman, Mr Kaukonde for not supporting her and siding with the Vice President while making fun of his use of the Mutoko dialect.
  • She accussed the leader of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change of being a ‘womanizer and satanist’.
  • She openly celebrated the suicide death of writer Heidi Holland, “There is a woman who wrote a book saying Mugabe’s wife is a dreadful person. I simply took that book and prayed to God, (saying) if this is true, reprimand me, but if they are lies, deal with this person. The woman killed herself as a result,”
  • She called on the Vice President to resign,“there are plenty of people who can run this country, not Mujuru…we cannot go back to where we were before independence.Mai Mujuru must resign!”. Which explains why for the past few weeks she seemed to the competing with the Veep on every level including getting a degree she did not earn.
  • Now she is attacking the Vice President’s war credentials because she had none. All war veterans know what they did, not those who claim that they have downed a chopper. Let people say it than praise yourself only to be disapproved by others.” -
  • She openly acknowledges her quest for power after her husband leaves.“People say I want to be president, why not? Am I not a Zimbabwean?”

Mugabe should be held accountable for his crimes against humanity against the Ndebele. While “disGrace” has aligned herself with the Mnagagwa faction of the party. Emmerson Mnangagwa, nicknamed ‘Garwe’ which is translated to crocodile in English due to his brutal leadership style in crushing of opposition leaders is a likely contender who got this nickname due to his reign of terror known as “Gukurahundi” translated the cleansing rain before the beginning of the rainy season during the 1980s ethnic cleansing in Matabeleland. The militia group that he led was known as the ‘5th brigade’ and was trained in North Korea by Kim Jong Um’s grandfather.

Vice President Mujuru

Vice President Mujuru

Emerson Mnagagwa certainly has shown the ability to use brutality in his reign in Zimbabwe but in many elections he could not even win a parliamentary seat in his home district showing his unpopularity even in a ZANU PF stronghold. Some have argued that if he cannot win a parliamentary sea how can he win a nation? Mnangagwa lacks charismatic appeal which is common among military personnel and he is thought of as out of touch with ordinary Zimbabweans. Mnangagwa, however, would be the perfect candidate for the International court at The Hague for crimes against humanity and perhaps not the image that the party would like to convey to the world.

In the midst of all this political chaos and confusion courtesy of ZANU-PF, there are reports that the Mugabe regime which has patterned itself in the past after the Kim dynasty in North Korea is adding the cherry on the cake by sending off Mugabe’s oldest son Robert Jr to North Korea for leadership training. Just maybe Mugabe is grooming his oldest son Robert Jr. To some in the party Robert Jr. lacks the diligence that is needed to become a dictator like his father. No one knows how much clout the Mugabes will yield without their father and with the knowledge that he is not ever coming back again. The successor issue is taboo in Zimbabwe however it is a matter of time when we will all find out. Mugabe in the early 1980s sent his elite squad 5th Brigade to North Korea and came back to Zimbabwe and carried out the worst atrocities of ethnic cleansing where they killed between 20,000 -50,000 Ndebele people in an effort wipe out that tribe.

The saddest part of all is that while ZANU-PF leaders clamor for power, Zimbabwe’s economy continues to crumble with no end in sight because ‘When Elephants fight its the grass that suffers’.

By Ana Mosi-oa-Tunya 2014

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The Untold Story of the Rwanda Genocide- New BBC Documentary

RwandaMapA new controversial but powerful BBC documentary attempts to shed light on the other untold stories from the 1994 Rwandan genocide. According to the new documentary, Paul Kagame is not the liberator that he claims to have been but a selfish man in search of political power who was not concerned about how many people actually died in his pursuit of power. The mainstream story of the 1994 genocide fits into the narrative that his western backers former Prime Minister Tony Blair and Former President Bill Clinton use in their praise of him. Three Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) informants claim that American trained Paul Kagame was the mastermind in the shooting down of the plane that killed the Presidents of Rwanda and Burundi, which then triggered the mass killings.

Featured in the documentary are two American academics from the University of Michigan who traveled to Rwanda to better understand the genocide. They believe that most Tutsis were already dead by the time the RPF marched in to takeover power. This contrasts with Paul Kagame’s story of him as the ‘savior’ that helped to end the genocide. The RPF is accused of killing fleeing Hutus and Tutsis indiscriminately as they approached the capital. In addition, there is evidence that the United Nations (UN), United Kingdom (UK) and United States (US)  suppressed a report that showed the RPF killed 30,000 Hutus in one part of the country. Kagame is also accused of being responsible for the killing of 5 million Hutu and Tutsi refugees in neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) who had fled during the genocide.

Rwanda’s Untold Story Documentary from RDI-Rwanda Rwiza on Vimeo.

Professor Alan Stam of the University of Michigan agrees that 1 million people died in the Rwandan genocide. However, he argues that there were only 500,000 Tutsis in the country at the time. Of the 500, 000 who were in the country before the genocide, 300,000 Tutsis survived. This means about 200,000 Tutsis died and therefore 800,000 Hutus also died in the 1994 genocide but no one talks about it. The government of Rwanda will imprison anyone who challenges the mainstream story of the genocide and labels them a ‘genocide denier’.

Rwanda’s former Chief of External Intelligence, Col Patrick Karegeya was murdered in a hotel room in Johannesburg, South Africa. Faustin Nyamwasa,  a Rwandan former Lieutenant General who was Chief of Staff of the Rwandan Army has survived four assassination attempts. They were both accused of trying to topple the Kagame regime.

Paul Kagame has been President of Rwanda since March, 2000. In the last election (2010), Kagame claims he won with 93% of the vote.