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There is Still No Alternative to BDP? Really!

Bernard Busani


For many years the ruling party had always bragged that there was no alternative party that was ready to take over from it and govern this country. They said, and rightly so, that the opposition was fragmented, confused and always fighting amongst itself and could not be trusted with running of the country, yes how can you run a country if you cannot run a party.  This indeed resonated with many of the voters; even foreign business and strategic partners had similar concerns.

With the growing certainty of a successful coming together of UDC and BCP , and a birth of an expanded and complete UDC, A formidable alternative is emerging in Botswana politics that will not only give Batswana hope for a better future but must also keep BDP in check both inside and outside parliament. I am sure our foreign and strategic partners can also  smell the whispering winds of credible change, change that will not only change the lives of Batswana for better but that will also improve the business and international environment for prosperity for all.

The BDP induced gullibility of Batswana that has made it easy to take Batswana for granted for so many years must die and come to and end now as we usher in the new baby in Botswana politics, the new and complete UDC. We now expect to see mature and honest debates on the bread and butter issues that affect the lives of our people. With this new political dispensation, the coming together of UDC and BCP we expect Botswana politics to change for the better, to be robust and engaging.


We expect that issues will be taken seriously by both UDC and BDP as Batswana will now be judging the two on the same basis and scale. Batswana will be looking for true leadership that will; move Botswana forward not by articulating empty slogans but by coming up with researched proposals and programs that will  provide  full employment and lift Batswana out of poverty,  that will provide a world class education system that will truly empower Batswana to meaningfully participate in developing their country and positively engage internationally; programs that will rid Botswana of corruptions in all its manifestations by providing quality jobs, quality pay for all, by promoting hard and honest work including a decent standard of living. 


Batswana have high expectations on the UDC+ and we hope they will just call it UDC to show that they are not driven by pettiness and self interest, that they are mature and that they realise that programs and quality of leadership is more important than being superfluous with names, either of the party or of individual members, by recognizing and accepting that UDC is the umbrella that holds the four distinct parties (BCP, BMD, BPP & BNF) together, that they have a common agenda and a common program that present a formidable and practical alternative to the BDP and its failed and ill founded programs.


They must realize that a rose is a rose by any other name, a gem is a gem by any other name, and UDC is UDC by any other name. Being divided by a mere name or names will send the wrong message to all supporting Batswana and the international community. Let wisdom reign as the two merge. Remember too, that party members represent a minute percentage of the voting population; the people who will make a major difference and impact are the ordinary people watching on the sidelines; consider their silent and yet keen interest and how they will judge you.

Some will want to kill the new baby
Those who want to destroy you will most likely use your own people to do that. No doubt BDP will deploy all its potent weapons against in order to destroy this new baby that is seriously threatening their kingdom and their very existence. They will use the divide and conquer rule as its first weapon amongst many others. They will lure your vulnerable and weak members and use them against you.


In fact they have already started that by mounting a massive country wide recruiting campaign shamelessly funded from the taxpayer’s money. Some opposition activists and even some leaders in parliament have already succumbed to this pressure; this is not surprising in a country that public funds are used in reckless abundance for political advantages.  In their desperation they will even gather their own unknown members and call them thousands recruits from the opposition.


They will come with short-term seemingly sweet programs meant to lure the faint hearted. They will deny you the use of public media like BTV and radio Botswana and only broadcast propaganda against you. When they cover you in their news it will be scanty, confusing and meaningless to the viewers and only meant to demean you; they will use all tactics in the book and any way else to de-campaign you. 


You have to be strong and follow your own carefully planned and modulated strategy to counter these attacks and to bring a strong message of hope, provide well researched counter proposals that will also be appealing to all Batswana , not only Batswana but future business partners in and outside the country.  Remember what King Herod did when Jesus was born, so be on the alert mode all the time! It will not be easy.

The expanded UDC must guard against opportunism that will creep in mainly as a result of seeking leadership position regardless of merit. UDC must support meritocracy at all levels, the best must be the best at whatever level, the division of constituencies must just be academic, those constituencies must be represented by the best candidate from the contracting parties. The aim must be to give UDC the best leadership at national, parliamentary and council levels. People must be deployed according to their ability not because of party affiliation.


They way UDC deploys it cadres must be very different from that practiced by BDP. UDC must teach and show our people that it wants every one to participate in a meaningful way in the best fit possible. It should be possible if they is goodwill in all contracting parties to see a BPP member representing BNF in the constituency allocated to BNF or vise versa; the same for all parties.


Why can’t we allow for instance Dumelang Saleshando because of his experience, ability and strategic disposition to represent UDC in a BNF allocated constituency in Gaborone; why can’t we allow BNF or BMD to represent UDC in a BPP allocated constituency in Serowe or Francistown, the only criteria being quality of representation, a representation that will offer UDC the best chance to win. This if done must be done in a professional, fair and transparent manner and sold to the voters meticulously.

UDC must demonstrate that requisite training and skilling is important in all fields including politics to equip our people with requisite skills to run our country together with current and future industries. It must demonstrate through this merger that it will deploy and employ all our people according to their ability and that people are differently gifted and that there is something for everyone including people from outside who have unique skills to help our country to move forward. The cake will be big enough for all and people who will be given fit for purpose assignments, not just any assignment that they are not trained or skilled to do; only failures do that.  All jobs will be well paying and rewarding but those who work harder will get more commensurate with their input and level of skill.

This submission was a broad brush to encourage the UDC leadership not to rush and allow glaring mistakes from their negotiating teams to pass.  They must use these holidays to deliberate thoughtfully on the implications of the proposals in the report that have been submitted to them. They must take reasonable time and make bold and informed decisions on all contentious issues that are before them.  A very strong UDC with strong fair minded leadership is required to move not only UDC forward but the whole country.

As I conclude I would like to wish all my followers a merry Christmas and prosperous new year, safety on our roads and homes. Let us rather use these holidays thoughtfully considering the important issues facing our country and how best to assist our country and fellow citizens to move forward. Let us not spend the holidays in reckless drinking and exposure to life threatening situations on our roads and bedrooms. In God we trust and God bless Botswana.

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Export Processing Zones: How to Get SEZA to Sizzle

23rd September 2020
Export Processing Zone (EPZ) factory in Kenya

In 2005, the Business & Economic Advisory Council (BEAC) pitched the idea of the establishment of Special Economic Zones (SEZs) to the Mogae Administration.

It took five years before the SEZ policy was formulated, another five years before the relevant law was enacted, and a full three years before the Special Economic Zones Authority (SEZA) became operational.

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Egypt Bagged Again

23rd September 2020

… courtesy of infiltration stratagem by Jehovah-Enlil’s clan

With the passing of Joshua’s generation, General Atiku, the promised peace and prosperity of a land flowing with milk and honey disappeared, giving way to chaos and confusion.

Maybe Joshua himself was to blame for this shambolic state of affairs. He had failed to mentor a successor in the manner Moses had mentored him. He had left the nation without a central government or a human head of state but as a confederacy of twelve independent tribes without any unifying force except their Anunnaki gods.

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23rd September 2020

If I say the word ‘robot’ to you,  I can guess what would immediately spring to mind –  a cute little Android or animal-like creature with human or pet animal characteristics and a ‘heart’, that is to say to say a battery, of gold, the sort we’ve all seen in various movies and  tv shows.  Think R2D2 or 3CPO in Star Wars, Wall-E in the movie of the same name,  Sonny in I Robot, loveable rogue Bender in Futurama,  Johnny 5 in Short Circuit…

Of course there are the evil ones too, the sort that want to rise up and eliminate us  inferior humans – Roy Batty in Blade Runner, Schwarzenegger’s T-800 in The Terminator,  Box in Logan’s Run,  Police robots in Elysium and  Otomo in Robocop.

And that’s to name but a few.  As a general rule of thumb, the closer the robot is to human form, the more dangerous it is and of course the ultimate threat in any Sci-Fi movie is that the robots will turn the tables and become the masters, not the mechanical slaves.  And whilst we are in reality a long way from robotic domination, there are an increasing number of examples of  robotics in the workplace.

ROBOT BLOODHOUNDS Sometimes by the time that one of us smells something the damage has already begun – the smell of burning rubber or even worse, the smell of deadly gas. Thank goodness for a robot capable of quickly detecting and analyzing a smell from our very own footprint.

A*Library Bot The A*Star (Singapore) developed library bot which when books are equipped with RFID location chips, can scan shelves quickly seeking out-of-place titles.  It manoeuvres with ease around corners, enhances the sorting and searching of books, and can self-navigate the library facility during non-open hours.

DRUG-COMPOUNDING ROBOT Automated medicine distribution system, connected to the hospital prescription system. It’s goal? To manipulate a large variety of objects (i.e.: drug vials, syringes, and IV bags) normally used in the manual process of drugs compounding to facilitate stronger standardisation, create higher levels of patient safety, and lower the risk of hospital staff exposed to toxic substances.

AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY ROBOTS Applications include screw-driving, assembling, painting, trimming/cutting, pouring hazardous substances, labelling, welding, handling, quality control applications as well as tasks that require extreme precision,

AGRICULTURAL ROBOTS Ecrobotix, a Swiss technology firm has a solar-controlled ‘bot that not only can identify weeds but thereafter can treat them. Naio Technologies based in southwestern France has developed a robot with the ability to weed, hoe, and assist during harvesting. Energid Technologies has developed a citrus picking system that retrieves one piece of fruit every 2-3 seconds and Spain-based Agrobot has taken the treachery out of strawberry picking. Meanwhile, Blue River Technology has developed the LettuceBot2 that attaches itself to a tractor to thin out lettuce fields as well as prevent herbicide-resistant weeds. And that’s only scratching the finely-tilled soil.

INDUSTRIAL FLOOR SCRUBBERS The Global Automatic Floor Scrubber Machine boasts a 1.6HP motor that offers 113″ water lift, 180 RPM and a coverage rate of 17,000 sq. ft. per hour

These examples all come from the aptly-named site    because while these functions are labour-saving and ripe for automation, the increasing use of artificial intelligence in the workplace will undoubtedly lead to increasing reliance on machines and a resulting swathe of human redundancies in a broad spectrum of industries and services.

This process has been greatly boosted by the global pandemic due to a combination of a workforce on furlough, whether by decree or by choice, and the obvious advantages of using virus-free machines – I don’t think computer viruses count!  For example, it was suggested recently that their use might have a beneficial effect in care homes for the elderly, solving short staffing issues and cheering up the old folks with the novelty of having their tea, coffee and medicines delivered by glorified model cars.  It’s a theory, at any rate.

Already, customers at the South-Korean  fast-food chain No Brand Burger can avoid any interaction with a human server during the pandemic.  The chain is using robots to take orders, prepare food and bring meals out to diners.  Customers order and pay via touchscreen, then their request is sent to the kitchen where a cooking machine heats up the buns and patties. When it’s ready, a robot ‘waiter’ brings out their takeout bag.   

‘This is the first time I’ve actually seen such robots, so they are really amazing and fun,’ Shin Hyun Soo, an office worker at No Brand in Seoul for the first time, told the AP. 

Human workers add toppings to the burgers and wrap them up in takeout bags before passing them over to yellow-and-black serving robots, which have been compared to Minions. 

Also in Korea, the Italian restaurant chain Mad for Garlic is using serving robots even for sit-down customers. Using 3D space mapping and other technology, the electronic ‘waiter,’ known as Aglio Kim, navigates between tables with up to five orders.  Mad for Garlic manager Lee Young-ho said kids especially like the robots, which can carry up to 66lbs in their trays.

These catering robots look nothing like their human counterparts – in fact they are nothing more than glorified food trolleys so using our thumb rule from the movies, mankind is safe from imminent takeover but clearly  Korean hospitality sector workers’ jobs are not.

And right there is the dichotomy – replacement by stealth.  Remote-controlled robotic waiters and waitresses don’t need to be paid, they don’t go on strike and they don’t spread disease so it’s a sure bet their army is already on the march.

But there may be more redundancies on the way as well.  Have you noticed how AI designers have an inability to use words of more than one syllable?  So ‘robot’ has become ‘bot’ and ‘android’ simply ‘droid?  Well, guys, if you continue to build machines ultimately smarter than yourselves you ‘rons  may find yourself surplus to requirements too – that’s ‘moron’ to us polysyllabic humans”!

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