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Why do presidents cling to power?

Four former heads of state speak about what being president is actually like

Botswana’s president goes shopping for a farm

Mokgweetsi Masisi is on a shortlist to acquire a portion of Botswana’s Banyana Farms — even though his bid did not meet the brief

Censorship, the unexpected side-effect of Covid-19

If the coronavirus outbreak has taught us anything beyond the necessity of washing our hands, it is that its victim has been leadership

Botswana’s media is in crisis

COMMENT We live in a divided political environment and amid radical economic disparities. But there is one thing on which virtually everyone in Botswana agrees:...

Khama’s hand still rocks Botswana

Shift in alliances, a new party and an unhappy ex-president may affect the outcome of next week’s election

Botswana ex-president backs opposition ahead of poll

Ian Khama threw his weight behind the opposition in order to oust his handpicked successor

Botswana allegations are ‘crazy’

Mining mogul Bridgette Radebe denies meddling in the neighbouring country’s politics

Ian Khama and the post-presidential blues

Ian Khama thought he had executed the perfect transition from power. He was wrong. Now his hand-picked successor is tearing up his legacy

Botswana’s governing party braces for high-stakes congress

For the first time in the history of one of Africa's most stable democracies, the ruling BDP will see a genuine fight for the top job

Botswana arrests ex-spy boss

High-profile arrest comes against the backdrop of a struggle between the president and his predecessor

Botswana’s big men battle it out

Current President Masisi is unpicking former president Khama’s legacy

Botswana hangs on to the death penalty

Most of Africa is abandoning the death penalty but Botswana — an affluent, landlocked, diamond-exporting state — is among the leading exceptions

Who is Botswana’s new spy chief?

Peter Magosi joined the army at the age of 22 and progressed through the ranks to become a brigadier

Botswana’s electoral disconnect ― and how it keeps the ruling party in power

By disconnecting presidential terms from electoral cycles, ruling parties in Botswana and South Africa preserve the ‘incumbency effect’

Who is Botswana’s new President Mokgweetsi Masisi?

He could reverse many of Ian Khama’s controversial policies, but is incoming President Mokgweetsi Masisi politically strong enough to do so?

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