Independence buys freedom

Botswana Unravels: Unmasking Africa’s democracy poster child

It seemed too good to be true. A diamond-rich, corruption-free, democratic, prosperous, and peaceful African country with a tradition of peaceful transfer of presidential power (the incumbent president voluntarily leaves office a year before the next general election). It was.


Life lessons from a year at Stanford

How being a JSK Journalism Fellow inspired personal and professional change


Khama-Chameleon: Botswana’s foreign policy shift

How should we understand the foreign policy of African states? And why do some countries with a dubious record at home talk so much about democracy abroad? Esther Brown considers the case of Botswana, and offers some compelling answers.


How Botswana company solidified ties with a discredited law firm

In April 2016, the world reacted with shock following a global investigation which revealed how a Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonassisted world leaders, convicted criminals, criminal syndicates, and politically connected individuals to hide their money in offshore havens, far from scrutiny. In Botswana, one company chose to ignore the outrage


How Seretse Khama gave away land to Tati Company

An investigation by amaBhungane and the INK Centre for Investigative Journalism has cast new light on a secretive British-registered company whose extensive colonial-era land holdings have become a hot political issue in Botswana.


Botswana company in Panama Papers scandal

The deputy chairperson of a state-owned entity has been implicated in tax evasion and working to facilitate capital flight from Botswana. 


COMMENT: This is not who we are!

Congo is a land far away from us, yet its chaos has found a place at home. Potentially the richest country in the world, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is the sucking vortex of all that is wrong with post-colonial Africa.


Prisoners of Injustice

Over 500 rejected asylum seekers that arrived in Botswana looking for a better life more than two years ago have ended up in prison detention sharing facilities with convicted criminals.


‘African countries are the same’

Beneath the veneer of democracy and compassion that give Botswana its lofty standing in the comity of nations lies a sinister underbelly of sadism where asylum seekers are detained indefinitely and routinely tortured by a beastly mélange of state agents while their children are prevented from attending school


Govt. ban blow to fisherman

Lake Ngami fishing ban leaves poor community in crisis after government ignore expert advice, writes SOLOMON TJINYEKA.