The bravest youth in Botswana has responded to Botswana’s National Petroleum Fund corruption. Richard Khumoekae also knows as Motsabakedi took his views to Facebook where his post was welcomed by hundreds of likes and shares. This is what he wrote;
Botswana’s Revolution will not be won by cowards
“The Botswana’s Revolution will not be won by cowards: typing cute messages from their laptops and smartphones! “A revolution is not a bed of roses”, Fedil Castro was right. As long as we Batswana think we can make noise on Facebook and not take to the streets – we must forget about accountability! We can out-compete each other with Facebook posts praising/ridiculing corruption but we will never uproot corruption when we still exude cowardice and docility. We are a nation caged in fear! While Kgosietsile Ngakayagae is battling it out in court as did the Botswana Private Media to expose corruption by the top brass, the Masses and their Leaders must occupy the streets, chant vociferously and demand answers, not compete with beautified sweet words, sterile words and compositions on Social Media – with no corresponding action on the ground. There is a reason why Malema’s EFF has embarked on a radical agenda to take the bull by its horn. I observed before, my diagnosis is that we are too submissive, conservative and a pathetic docile nation – the best we can do is chant on Facebook! We must chant on the streets if we are serious about cleansing our country of thieves and the connected mafia elites! They are murdering our National Funds with no shame! This stealing and thuggery happens when the international community is busy showering accolades on Botswana…what a shame!
“The Botswana’s Revolution will not be won by cowards: typing cute messages from their laptops and smartphones!”
“Perhaps, it is worth-noting that, prior to these findings there was the Positive Peace Index and Global Peace Index which simultaneously graded Botswana amongst the best governed and most peaceful nations — shockingly, in a country where corruption has reached a plateau. What is more flabbergasting is that, the decorated grades are ushered amidst all apparent democracy aberrations and assaults. Our dear President Khama continues to comfortably receive awards and accolades regionally and internationally — some of which are sponsored by the West. Why is it so?…”
“…..Many surveys and studies which praise not only Khama but Botswana are informed by a bird’s eye view of the way the country is run. It would seem that a good number of researches that continue to pour-in have just an overview of Botswana’s situation without any sound and accurate details. Their methodology does not speak in-depth to the Batswana’s unconsciousness and malnourished democratic discourse, and in particular, its geo-political nature. This argument is largely based on the fact that many of these surveys’ indicators or tools of research leave out the very critical aspect of our life: culture. Our cultural orientation and indoctrination which, to some extent, influences our lifestyle must be factored when analyzing Botswana’s political situation. Such surveys conjure an untrue image that is out of touch or is not in consonance with the empirical and practical realities that confront us, Batswana. Researchers owe to their audience an assignment to explain in simple terms how Batswana’s political unconsciousness and traditional ethos have hamstrung democracy in its truest sense. At least one of the scholars Prof. Kenneth Good has spoken of the successful blending of the liberal democratic institutions with traditional institutions, which are based on bogosi [chieftainship] as one of the contributing factors to Botswana’s “exceptionality”, as a frontrunner in democratic politics. It is my humble submission that the culture of a particular nation, (in this case Botswana) has a large bearing on the way individuals of such a nation understand, handle and deal with democracy as a concept. In a way, culture shapes up the society’s minds and moulds their conduct. Hence the conservative mindedness of Batswana is, in part, a direct effect of our cultural orientation. I propound that Batswana are not necessarily a peaceful nation, but are a docile and submissive group of people who are blinded by their historic traditional and cultural background. We are a nation that is gripped with fear of great magnitude, if not classic cowardice. The situation is not helped by the fact that the opposition and civic society is disorganized and fragmented….”
“Worse-still, our education system does not instill in us the much-needed political consciousness; more often than not, it produces boisterous praise poets and singers of the ruling elites. For instances, in all our schools we are never taught the evil part, injustices, weaknesses or pitfalls of our governance system but the over-exaggerated and purported good our system produces. It is only apt to say we are never taught to critique the powers that be but to shower praises on them, even if it is undeserved. If we speak, we speak with faint voices in an apologetic manner. Our education does not breathe life into our democracy but creates an illusion of democracy by giving birth to ‘intellectually suppressed’ and ‘mentally colonized’ graduates who cannot meaningfully and robustly engage those in power or even mobilize the unconscious. This situation gives a false picture of a democratic society which in reality has serious democratic deficits. That is deliberate!”
“The philosophy that ‘through education, the government controls its citizens’ is true for Botswana. That’s why many Batswana take democracy for granted or participate in it unthinkingly. When such a situation prevails, leaders of such a kind of a society mess up the society unchecked and unexposed; if exposed, they are unchallenged; if challenged they easily win or dubiously escape the wrath of the law. At worst such leaders are portrayed as angelic and the best amongst the best. A powerful society hinges on a powerful education system that inculcates a culture of democratic participation and thinking…””