A bitter verbal exchange is raging on social media following a Facebook post by the President of the opposition Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC), Duma Boko, last week which seemed to dismiss the 'political heroism' attached to the marriage of the country’s first president. Two days before the Golden Jubilee celebrations, on September 28 – the same day a movie based on the Sir Seretse Khama marriage to Lady Ruth premiered in Botswana – Boko posted: "A black man spends a bit of time in white man's land, falls in love with a white woman and they get married.
Pardon me, but I don't see the political heroism in that mundane occurrence". Although the post doesn't make reference to any specific person, most read it to refer to Sir Seretse Khama. BDP activist MacDonald Peloetletse blasted Boko: “The man has built a cult. He commands obedience, his narcissism and grandiose are so extreme that no one is capable in the (leadership) except him. That is why his supporters will hijack and kill all public debates that attempt to question his leadership credentials. They will use their usual uncouth, crude and intimidating language. This is nothing but vanity at its worst! His supporters think he is the best person that ever happened to Botswana politics… I don't think so!”
Mmoloki Walker Olefile delved in: “It's true he indeed wrote that - he was talking about the movie, asking about how a black man marrying a white woman should be seen as heroism politically. I actually ran mad at seeing the post and thought he was talking about the bot50 celebration, and I read it again he wasn't and even apologised to him. But what was really necessary to put the movie next to our independence anniversary when they both happened at separate times? The two don't correlate. And they didn't cause each other. I think sometimes we should really read what the writer means than what we would rather have him write! First things first, how did the wording on his post transgress whose values and which values again?”