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dc.contributor.author Makgala, C.J.
dc.date.accessioned 2010-06-10T10:09:28Z
dc.date.available 2010-06-10T10:09:28Z
dc.date.issued 2005
dc.identifier.citation Makgala. C.J. (2005) The relationship between Kenneth Koma and the Botswana Democratic Party, 1965-2003, African Affairs, Vol. 104, pp. 303-323 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0001-9909
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10311/505
dc.description.abstract This article assesses the weaknesses of opposition in Botswana through the case of Kenneth Koma, the influential President of the Botswana National Front (BNF) from 1977 to 2001. This is done by examining the perception that from 1997 Koma’s relationship with the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) destabilized and weakened the opposition in the country. The article challenges a view, held by some of his detractors in the opposition, that his leadership style was out of tune with global trends. It also argues that what some people have viewed as ‘tribalism’ — the domination of the BDP leadership by members of the Bangwato tribe (of which Koma is also a member) — seems to be primarily a matter of expediency. This alleged tribalism is used by Koma’s critics as a smear. The article analyzes the relationship between Koma and the BDP at both political and personal levels. At the political level, Koma’s failure to keep the BNF united has been capitalized on by the BDP to tighten its grip on power. At the personal level, Koma has used his connections in the BDP to advantage in his business dealings. Koma’s cult status and his personal and political choices have therefore significantly contributed to de facto one-party rule in Botswana. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Oxford university press/www.oup.com en_US
dc.title The relationship between Kenneth Koma and the Botswana Democratic Party, 1965-2003 en_US
dc.type Published Article en_US


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