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31 Jul 2016
Nothing happened yesterday that is worthwhile to mention.
30 Jul 2016
Worked on socks yesterday. Trouw has published my letter to the editor, curtailed. “Colonial struggle. “Germany could do nothing else but offer their apologies for the colonial war in 1904. A lesson for The Netherlands?” Yes, sure. From 1650 till the second half of the twentieth century the Dutch (and the British) have killed, tortured, made slaves or cheap labor of the indigenous people of South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Namibië. It would be a good thing if The Netherlands would offer their excuses and put money into giving them adequate schooling, so these people can rise up out of poverty. The government of Botswana does not do this in an adequate manner.” The original letter: “Germany could do nothing else but offer their apologies for the colonial war in 1904. A lesson for The Netherlands?” Yes, sure. From 1650 till the second half of the twentieth century. the Dutch (and the British) have killed, tortured, made slaves or cheap labor of the indigenous people of South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Namibië. Around 1950 farmers followed the car track of anthropologist to a San village. They took all the men to their farm and forced them to work for a little bit of food. The results of these mental and physical ill- treatments are still noticeable by many of the San. . It would be a good thing if The Netherlands would help these people to get rid of their inferiority complex by offering them their excuses and to put money into giving them made to measure schooling, so these people can rise up out of the poverty. The government of Botswana cannot/ does not do this in an adequate manner.”
29 Jul 2016
Knitted a few stitches to the socks yesterday. Mmegi published: “Okapi knife detected as Parly beefs security. 27. July 2016
On the first day of its instalment at Parliament, the metal detector machine detected an Okapi knife whose owner has not been disclosed. Security guards at the National Assembly would not shed light on the details of the owner of this most revered weapon commonly linked to murders that occur in the country.
Opposition MPs have made comments of disapproval of the machine saying they were not consulted while their counterparts in the ruling party have embraced it. Mochudi East legislator Isaac Davids would not go through the search point but headed straight to the chambers stating that he had no time to waste on the machine. Ramotswa legislator, Samuel Rantuana, fuming with anger, said they should have been warned. “This is gross disrespect to us, I hate being disrespected this much, how can you make me undress in public, that is very wrong,” he said. Gaborone Central legislator, Phenyo Butale questioned the procedure used to arrive at determining the security measures in place. “That is infringement of freedom of expression, we should also get our priorities right, we cannot be spending so much on that machine while we are faced with more serious problems,” he said. Francistown South legislator, Wynter Mmolotsi said Parliament is said to be broke and should deal with pertinent issues instead of purchasing metal detectors. “Right now we have staff shortage, roofs are leaking yet you choose to spend money on this expensive machine, we need to be serious,” he said. Haskins Nkaigwa of Gaborone North, who is also the chairman of Members Rights and Privileges committee, expressed displeasure that the committee was not consulted. “Beefing up security is a welcome move, however I am disappointed that my committee was not involved,” he said. Defence Justice and Security minister Shaw Kgathi on the other hand expressed delight at the new security measures. “I am very happy, I now feel free inside the House, there are no more bottles and glasses here anymore, it feels good to be safe,” he said. In response, the Speaker of the National Assembly Gladys Kokorwe said what they were complaining about is nothing compared to what is in store for them. Kokorwe would not allow the debate on the issue to continue stating that the MPs had themselves called for strengthening of security. “You said you want security, now this is security and you are now complaining, this is not all of it, dikgolo di etla (more is coming),” she said. Meanwhile, the security guards retained the Okapi until the end of Parliament proceedings. The move to beef up security came after Mogoditshane MP Sedirwa Kgoroba threw a bottle of water which hit Kgathi. Bottles are also not allowed inside the House and MPs are forced to drink water from disposable containers.” End of quotation. What use is this machine if MP’s can walk past it. You expect a pocket knife in a pocket, not in a bag. Would the Australian Aboriginals have received excuses from the British for their genocide during their occupation of the country? In any case, the Australian premier was shocked when he discovered this week how Aboriginals are treated in prisons. Trouw published: “Australia in shock by mistreatment of children in prison.”…… “This is a shocking course of events”, was the reaction of premier Malcolm Turnbull. “Like all Australians I am deeply shocked and dismayed by the images of the mistreatment of these children.”…….. According to Peter O’Brien, lawyer of two of the victims, all six youngster in the tv-report are from Aboriginal descent. “It appears that this mistreatment is ingrained in the heart of the system”, O’Brien said. In a reaction to the tv- images premier Malcolm Turnbull promised a searching inquiry, not only to find the extension of the abuses, but also for the possible “hush-up” culture in the Australian prison system. “Why did this abuse not come out for such a long time?” said the premier.” End of quotation. One can wonder as such disrespect for fellow human beings happens in so many places on the world, whether this is really directed at these specific groups, or simply is an outlet for frustrated people who choose weak, defenceless people in society to get rid of these frustrations. I think in the book “Gone with the wind” there is a passage in connection with this. “Do those descendants from Europa, where they lived a poor and underdeveloped life, and who now humiliate the slaves, realize that if the slaves had not been transported to America, they would now have been the underdogs?”
28 Jul 2016
Worked on socks yesterday. Mmegi published on 26 July 2016: “IEC sensitises on electronic voting.
Following the publication of the Electoral Act (Amendment Bill) on July 8, 2016, the Office of the Secretary to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) is embarking on a consultation campaign to give stakeholders the initial touch and feel experience of the Electronic Voting Machine. The consultations will be targeting Members of Parliament, representatives of local council, district administration, IEC staff, the media and selected interest groups. The Secretary takes cognisance of the critical role played by all stakeholders which have shown interest in cooperating and collaborating with the Commission in the enhancement of the democratic electoral processes. ”End of quotation.
The idea behind this is that the machine will be used at the 2017 elections. One of the disadvantages is that people who cannot vote themselves will have to ask someone else to do this. They must hope that their vote goes to the party/ person of their choice. I wonder if Botswana can vote electronical before The Netherlands can. And when they discover in Botswana that the machine maybe can be manipulated. Dutch newspaper Trouw announced: “Smooth German apology to Namibië. Genocide. Germany could do nothing else but as yet to ask to be excused for the colonial war in 1904. A lesson for The Netherlands?” End of quotation. The latter sentence refers to the gruesome attacks the Dutch committed in Dutch Indië in the 19th century. I have sent a letter to the editor of Trouw to ask attention for the atrocities the Dutch (and English) have committed in the south of Africa between 1650 and the 20th Century.
27 Jul 2016
Worked on socks yesterday.
26 Jul 2016
Continued with the socks yesterday.
We received a sympathetic email from a domain registration center in China. Jim Wang wrote to say that one of their clients, Hualong Ltd, wanted to use the name semkbotswana as their internet keyword, and semkbotswana.cn, com.cn, net.cn, org.cn, asia as domain names in China and Asia. Jim had discovered that semkbotswana already exists and wanted to know if we have connections with Hualong Ltd. I thought we were informed as a protection for our domain name. As I did not trust it I checked on the internet and found a website in which was a warning that the question was not what it appeared to be. The idea is that one takes a subscription for these domain names, to avoid someone else using them. On the website also was stated that the companies who do the request do not exist. So I checked Hualong Ltd on Google and indeed, there is a website but they have not got farther than creating a framework. There are no texts, only a few pictures of people who have liked the site. There was a possibility to write down what you thought of the site, I did and was the first one to do so.
“What I think of this page? I think this is a con and the company does not exist. I think this is used for a domain name registration company, which tries to make people believe that Hualong wants to register domain names using other people´s domain names, in order these other people buy the applied for names for themselves. Clever to think of such a con, but I at least am not going to fall for it. HAHAHA”
25 Jul 2016
Finished the socks yesterday and started on a new pair.
24 Jul 2016
Worked on socks yesterday. Due to the painful thumb, knitting is only possible for a short time.
The Dutch Development Collaboration with underdeveloped countries is not what it used to be. Maybe this is for the better, but I doubt whether the new variant is an improvement. To my idea the business element in it has become too dominant and probably there has been too much thought for the advantages of businesses and trade for the Dutch.
During the Unctad (part of the United Nations General Assembly) – conference 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya, from 17- 20 July 2016, the talks were about economic and development policies for underdeveloped countries. Dutch Minister of Trade and Development Collaboration is optimistic about achieving the set goals, which are set for 2030.
Quotation from newspaper Trouw:
“Provided that we invest in women”, announced minister Ploumen on 21 July 2016 during the conference. If women were to participate in the economy on the same level as men, it would be possible for countries to see their gross national product grow with 25% in the next 10 years. Women put a much larger part of their earnings in their family, especially education and the health of their children. End of quotation.
This last sentence will be a good subject to put to discussion to the students at Nampol, and all other people in Botswana who are interested in the subject.
In my opinion the goal of development collaboration is much more extensive than only trade and entrepreneurship. Not every person is born to be a tradesman. The most important point seems to me that children are stimulated by versatile education so they can discover their capacities and talents. Because things you enjoy doing, you will do well and in that way you can contribute optimum to society. Not that trade and entrepreneurship should be abolished, on the contrary, but to put all support on these means a very meagre society is created, in which many people are put in a straightjacket and forced to do work which they do not enjoy and with they will fail.
There were to visitors in our shop. The woman found a scarf she liked, but € 16 was too much for her purse. I changed it into € 12,50. She also bought a set of pot handlers for € 5, total
€ 17.50. Her husband had been in the garage with Henk, where he was given two curtains for free. The woman told her husband to pay € 17,50. He started to negotiate with Henk about two articles, what I did not know, and I heard him say: “For € 20 I will take everything.” Henk thought the woman had bought for € 12, 50 and although he had asked for the two things € 15, he agreed with a total of € 20. When I saw what these two things were, I was shocked but did not dare to go in against Henk. After they had left and I told about the
€ 17,50, Henk too was shocked. We felled rather made a fool of. Not so much about the money, but for the idea that people who already have so little, have been harmed.

23 Jul 2016
Worked on the socks yesterday.
A friend brought some books to sell.
22 Jul 2016
Knitted a few stitches to the socks yesterday. During the past years I have done a lot of knitting, since a few months not much. It is odd that last week the thumb started to be painful, while it did not happen before.
Newspaper Mmegi published that patients in Princes Marina Hospital have to ask relatives to bring them blankets if they want to keep warm at night. The effect of the persisting cold weather has been made worse for the lack of blankets. There is a fear that these blankets coming into the hospital, this contradictory is with the hospital´s goal to get infectious illnesses under control. Besides the lack of sufficient blankets, there also is no adequate heating system in the hospital.
Mmegi also published that the Namibian President Hage Geingob has made a request to the Botswana government to stop killing Namibian poachers. In Botswana poachers are shot to kill. The press has announced that during the past two decennia 30 Namibian and at least 22 Zimbabwean have been killed. In the meantime a map is being made of the area which is expected to help with identifying and fight poachers.
And one more article in Mmegi. Botswana Member of Parliament Wynter Mmolotsi has called upon the President Ian Khama to learn something from the Namibian President Dr Hage Gottfried Geingob. Officially addressing Parliament on Monday, Geingob said he voluntarily declared his assets and liabilities including those of his wife upon becoming President of Namibiè.
There has been good news about Marica. The Local Housing Corporations is going to build a two roomed flat for her, her father and mother, on the plot where they have been living in a silver colored corrugated iron hut for years.
21 Jul 2016
Knitted a few stitches to the socks yesterday.
20 Jul 2016
Knitted a few stitches to the socks yesterday.
From 8.30 am till 4 pm I was at the checkpoint for the bicycle tour yesterday. It was hot, around 30 C. It took until 11 am to place everything on the very large stall. Chickens, mice, jewelry, baby blankets, potholders, 2 scarfs. Some chocolate eggs which were inside the chickens to keep them up right had become rather soft. After returning home Henk put them in the deepfreeze for a couple of hours. It was an enjoyable day, especially during the afternoon, in spite of the heat. The police was there with a van to give anti housebreaking information and bicycles could be engraved with a number specific for the bike. For the children in Botswana I was given some coloring in drawings and three small flashlights in the shape of the funny little character which the police use in their anti-house breaking campaign. There were eight stalls. One promoted a trade union, one gave information about the organization that promotes use of the regional dialect, one sold old vases, doll´s etc., one handed out red tulip bulbs in name of a political party in conjunction with the regional bulb producers, one sold homemade jewelry, one clogs, and one sold candles, baskets etc. which were made at the local daycare center for disabled people. Some tour participants were looking rather worn out. I admired the elderly, some of them I judged to be over 80. Others were as fresh as a fiddle, especially the children. There was coffee, tea, fruit juices, tasty cakes, fried sausages, hamburgers and more for sale. The people behind the stalls were given coffee, tea, fruit juice. Because, according to the organizer, `You are visiting us.` At the end of the day I was given some of the left over cakes, sausages and hamburgers to take home, which was very much appreciated.
Sold nine mice and four chickens, total € 26,35.


19 Jul 2016
Knitted a small piece to the socks yesterday. Instead of turning the yarn around the needle with my pointing finger, I used the finger and thumb so they could stay together. This was less painful. When typing, I have to use my pointing finger to work the spacebar, which takes some getting used to if you have used your thumb for this for 55 years.
I collected a few puzzles from children’s magazines. Some need copying, some have to be enlarged, as the pictures are too small for the children to see them properly. I give the copies to the students. When they start their teaching, they can copy them and give them to the children.
Added some knitting yarn to the suitcases and 2 balls of yarn to the backpack. And a pillowcase. Two tins have to be filled with cake and biscuits, and that will have to do.
The knitwear and other things for the sale at the checkpoint of the bicycle tour on Tuesday have been put ready to go into the car.

18 Jul 2016
Because of my sore right thumb no knitting has been done yesterday.
17 Jul 2016
Continued with the socks yesterday, washed a few soft toys and put them in the suitcase.

16 Jul 2016
Finished the socks yesterday and started a new pair.
A friend has paid the plane ticket for the extra suitcase with her credit card to. Another small job done and I also discovered again that we cannot do without each other’s support.
The idea to book 2 seats on the bus did not come from me. I was confronted with this in Johannesburg and Botswana a few years back, while traveling by mini busses. No one in The Netherlands pays for a seat for the luggage, so it feels strange when you come across it for the first time.
15 Jul 2016
Worked on socks yesterday.
I tried to pay the fee for taking an extra suitcase on the website of Air France. It nearly succeeded, but payment only could be done by credit card, and I do not have one. I called them for advice, the woman told me to ask my travel agent for assistance. On the Kilroy website I could find nothing relating to extra luggage, so I have sent an email.
Booking the bus ticket from Johannesburg to Gaborone did not go smoothly. After I mailed them to be taking two suitcases on the bus and if this would be a problem (last year 1 suitcase of 15 kg was the maximum.) The booking was accepted, but still 1 large bag and 1 bag in the bus was the maximum. I wrote that it would not be possible to leave 1 suitcase at the bus station. That was not necessary, if I paid Pula 300. I agreed with that. However, there is also the 8 kilo suitcase. I decided to book 2 seats, and one of the suitcases can be my fellow passenger. I wonder, would it be offered a cup of coffee during the journey, like the other passengers???

14 Jul 2016
Worked on the socks yesterday.
At the secondhand shop in our nearest large village I bought some jigsaw puzzles and a table tennis set for € 2, special price for us. We are very happy with and thankful. Henk received a free selfie stick when buying a memory card for my camera. And in two shops I found some nice and cheap presents. It was a pleasant shopping spree. This is remarkable, as I hate shopping.
Mmegi published:
“El Nino: Eyes to the skies. 13 July 2016.
As expected, President Ian Khama has announced plans to issue a global appeal for humanitarian assistance for the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region, later this month. Khama will ask the world to bail out the region with $2.7 billion (P29.6bn) in funding of various drought relief measures.
The numbers are staggering. At least 41 million citizens in the region need food aid and approximately 23 million of these are in ‘urgent need’ of assistance. Technocrats at SADC level say thanks to El Nino, the region has a 7.9 million tonne cereal deficit, while nearly 500,000 drought-related livestock deaths have been recorded this year.
At the vanguard of Khama’s appeals are five countries - Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Swaziland and Zimbabwe – which have already declared drought emergencies. For the first time since 2002, SADC will require global humanitarian assistance and this time, those at risk of starvation are nearly three times the 2002 figure.
Aid agencies, humanitarian organisations, donors and others will be asked to reach deep into their pockets and save millions of southern Africans from the impact of a particularly ferocious edition of the El Nino phenomenon.
Climatologists in the region are fully aware that the El Nino phenomenon returns to haunt the region every five to seven years and has done so for decades past. Each cycle of El Nino brings with it heatwaves, low rains and the resultant poor agricultural output.
However, it would appear that El Nino returns surprise technocrats in the region. Governments are taken unawares, even though the gradual drying of dams is an unmistakable and definitive red flag.
Besides Botswana and South Africa, most of the other countries in the region are incapable of funding their own drought relief measures and need international assistance.
In 2002 during the last global SADC appeal, the countries at the forefront with the greatest need were Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. This time around, it is Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Swaziland and Zimbabwe.
The similarities are not accidental, as the above countries represent the region’s most vulnerable in terms of ability to support citizens out of natural disasters such as the effects of El Nino.
For a world already battling violent conflict, the refugee crisis, low global growth and the sinister menace of climate change, it is highly unlikely SADC will be able to raise the billions required to bail out citizens. The region simply cannot compete with the other demands on donors’ pockets.
What is critical is the strengthening of the region’s early warning systems and disaster management structures to ensure that the most vulnerable citizens are provided with safety nets at times such as these. All things being equal, SADC economies are flush with cash, which could be channelled to a regional fund or nest-egg to cushion citizens against cyclical disasters such as El Nino. For now, the fate of the region’s poorest and hungriest once again lies outside its borders.
Today’s thought
“A stitch in time saves nine.”
– Traditional adage
13 Jul 2016
Worked on socks yesterday.
The value of the euro with regard to the Pula has gone down even more. I expected that because of the quick installation of the new Prime Minister in the UK the value would increase, but maybe it is too early for that.

Tuesday 12 July 2016.
12 Jul 2016
Worked on socks yesterday.
The following article was published in Mmegi 11 July 2016.
“Scaring Lions Away With iCows.
Neil Jordan likes to get inside an animal’s mind when he’s working to save a species. Take lions, for example.
“Lions are ambush predators; they rely on stealth and the element of surprise in order to bring down their prey,” he said. “As soon as they lose that element of surprise, as soon as the prey sees them, they abandon their hunt.”
That is why he and fellow researchers are going to Botswana to paint eyes on cows’ rumps. They hope it will prove a low-cost way to protect livestock from lions, and lions from being killed by farmers in retaliation. One of the main threats to lions in Africa is conflict with farmers, who shoot or poison them to stop them preying on livestock. In the 1990s there were more than 100,000 African lions. There could now be as few as 23,000 adults and they are listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
Dr Jordan, a conservation biologist at the University of NSW’s Centre for Ecosystem Science, said farmers and local governments feel the only way they can protect livestock from lions is to kill them.
“It’s from desperation, really, because obviously the lions affect their livelihood and the non-lethal tools that might be available are all very expensive,” he said. “As protected conservation areas become smaller, lions are increasingly coming into contact with human populations, which are expanding to the boundaries of these protected areas.”
Dr Jordan, who also holds research posts at the Taronga Conservation Society Australia and the Botswana Predator Conservation Trust, was inspired to paint eyes onto cattle after watching a lion hunt an impala. When the intended prey cottoned on to the carnivore’s presence, the lion gave up the hunt.
“We wanted to hijack this natural response by painting eyes on the rumps of cows, so that lions could be tricked into thinking they’d been seen and abandon the hunt,” he said.
It’s the same kind of “psychological trickery” employed by woodcutters in India, who ward off tigers by wearing face masks on the backs of their heads, and butterflies that avoid becoming bird food thanks to eye-like patterns on their wings.
Dr Jordan trialled his idea - which he calls iCow - last year, with promising results. The researchers stamped painted eyes onto one-third of a herd of 62 cattle, making sure the eyes were large, easily visible and “potentially intimidating”. While three unpainted cows were killed by lions, all the painted cows survived to graze another day.
If successful, iCow would be an affordable tool for farmers; losing one cow costs five times as much as painting a herd of 60 cattle. Over the next three months Dr Jordan will lead further testing on another herd of cattle in Botswana.”
See for a picture of a cow with eyes painted on its rump on the homepage in the news column.
11 Jul 2016
Yesterday I have done the same things as the day before. From a bag with plastic coated pictures I have picked sets of the same pictures to make a memory game for a pre school. The youngest children can use them to make sets of matching pictures.

10 Jul 2016
Knitted a few stitches to the socks yesterday. Did a lot of thinking again.

9 Jul 2016
Finishes the doll’s trousers yesterday, the whole outfit looks pretty. Continued with the socks.
Put the doll into the suitcase. Took the printing paper out of the suitcase and put it into the backpack. Thought a lot about what things to do in Botswana and what else to take.

8 Jul 2016
Continued with the doll’s trousers yesterday and started on a new pair of socks.
The contract has been sent to Nampol for corrections and additions.
The Dutch proverb “with inching and pinching a lot of time disappears” is very true at the moment. The three suitcases have to be filled with useful things, and without overloading them. In this way a lot of time passes without it being noticed.
7 Jul 2016
Worked on the doll’s trousers yesterday.
The draft contract which new students have to sign before they follow a study which is sponsored by SEMK Botswana has been made. Continued collecting things to take. Like: presents; material to make toys (for example picture postcards to cut in strips as a puzzle; an old cd to make a clock by sticking it on a card, write numbers on it put the hands on it with a split pin. Thinking how the students can be involved to design teaching materials from waste materials. I hope they will surprise me with their ingenuity. Even nicer would be if they surprise themselves. On the wall in the classroom I am going to hang a sheet of paper on which students can write their ideas and fellow students can add if they like it, like it very much or think it is brilliant. The classroom which I used last year was going to be reserved for my lessons. This was inclusive all the creative paper clippings, drawings and embroideries the students had made and were stuck on the windows and walls. I wonder if they are still there.
6 Jul 2016
Finished the socks yesterday. I have started to knit a pair of trousers for a doll which is coming to Botswana.
We were given a number of books to sell and 2 crocheted soft toys for the students, in exchange I have given a tiny miniature plant pot with a tiny cactus. Continued taking toys and puzzles out of the barn to clean. I put a pack of printing paper in the suitcase which only weighs 15 kilogram. This will come in very handy.
5 Jul 2016
Knitted a few stitches yesterday and continued with the packing.
The medium- sized suitcase was rather full and according to me weighing 23 kilogram. But according to the weighing appliance not yet 16 kilogram. Another 7 kilogram can be added.
The plastic building bricks which resemble Logo bricks are even for me too difficult to put together, they do not fit well. So they are not coming, but they can be used here as tiny miniature plant pots.
There probably are some something interesting things to write about Botswana, but my head is more occupied with preparations for the stay in Botswana in September, then what is going on at the moment.
We have been invited to sell knitwear at a checkpoint of the 4 days cycle event in our Province, Drenthe. They pass our nearest large village, Beilen, on 19 July, between 11 am and 3 pm. A stall will be provided. How lucky we are!
4 Jul 2016
Yesterday I had a holiday and have done nothing.

3 Jul 2016
Knitted a few stitches to the socks yesterday and continued packing the suitcase.

2 Jul 2016
Knitted a few stitches to the socks yesterday.
Continued collecting toys, clothes, sheets, sleeping bag, handicraft materials and presents and put them in the medium sized suitcase. Washed old building bricks that used to belong to our children and put them to dry.
1 Jul 2016
Worked on socks yesterday.
The motor mechanic student who left Nampol at the end of April to return to his home village, and later sent a letter to apologize and ask for a second chance to finish the course, did not stay at Nampol, Nampol informed. The director has tried to get in contact with him, without success. She then asked one of the tutors to have a try, and to her he said that he does not want to attend school. The social worker has been asked for advice and he advised to take him out of the course and inform him again about the consequences of his absconding (re- paying of school- boarding fee).It is very disappointing that he did not continue. We shall think about it all, before taking action.
Read in Sunday Standard:
When the minister of Local Government, Slumber Tsogwane was attending the Fifteenth Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous People in New York recently, he was surprised to meet representatives of the Kwaedom Council, representing the interest of the San in Botswana. He was shocked to learn that they, according to his understanding, that there was a group who differed with the government on indigenous people. Afterwards he went to Kwai village and informed the people that Kwaedom Council claimed to be representing their interest.
Kwaedom Council spokesperson Keikabile Mogodu has castigated the minister: “I would not say he is ill-informed but I am aware that Khwaedom Council has been working with the government. We have been involved with the same ministry that he heads on community development.” He said that Khwaedom was also involved in the indigenous knowledge system draft policy where they worked with the ministry. Mogodu stated that this was a clear sign that shows that the government is always against the Basarwa organizations. He is not the only one who has done that to organizations representing the Basarwa. The latest incident shows that they do not recognize the organization despite the fact that the organization was lawfully registered in Botswana and was formed by Basarwa (San) with the whole intention of negotiating with the government on issues affecting Basarwa. “They want people to give them assurance that they don’t know us but they have failed because Basarwa always tell them that the council represents their interest,” he added.
Reaction in Sunday Standard by Carlos: “We will not be stopped by the likes of Tsogwane, we Basarwa are fully behind Khwaedom council if he knows nothing he must keep quiet and continue bootlicking because that is what he knows best, are an internationally recognized organization.”
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