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I DON’T WANT TO BE DEFENDED BY ANYONE – NDABA GAOLATLHE – OpEd

The truth does not need advocates for it to shine in the darkest of places

I have heard some of the descriptions “..he is weak..he has failed..he is a war-monger..he is papa’s boy..he is a spoilt brat..he is a modongwana..he is power-hungry..he is star-soft..what else?”..in the art of psychology, it is therapeutic for those who make these remarks, it makes them feel good and safe from their fears.

.. I have had a beautiful life, and God has been as gracious as to illuminate my path with even more beauty. I am happy and feel immensely privileged to have danced to the songs I danced to, shed the tears I have, laughed at the jokes I have heard, prayed the prayers I have called upon. my life has been a thing of beauty, and no one can take that away from that nor steal the inner peace that is the experience of my life.

..and to be sure, I don’t want to be defended, I don’t need to be defended by anyone, for I am a believer in the truth, it always stands the test of time, it always reveals and speaks for itself, it does not need advocates for it to shine in the darkest of places.

..the day will come when good judgement is not construed to be cowardice when fairness is not seen as “weakness” when patience is not the same thing as ceding leadership. that day will come when the refusal to be part of power games is not paraded as lack of strategy and when silent insurgency is not perceived as a form of fading away. this day will come, and I pray when it does we will all embrace it, and work together as one nation.

..the vision of the New Botswana will come to pass, it is a collective yearning whose only remedy is change, authentic and fundamental reconfiguration of opportunities for all our people.

instead of spending time defending me or protecting me, let all those who believe in this vision remember these words:

“When people throw stones at you, don’t throw them back. Collect them all and build an empire.” – Anonymous

Kea leboga Rre Kgosi Ngakayagae, ka mahoko a mantle a o a ntibisitseng o le mo sechabeng. Ke a go lebogela, ke leboga Modimo ebile ke dumela gore ga ke nosi, ba teng ba bangwe ba ba itekang le bone. Modimo a nne le wena, le sechaba sa botswana.

ke le weno,
modisa-wa-letsomane

 

Source: The Botswana Gazette

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