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The Best and Worst dressed at SONA 2019

GABORONE, BOTSWANA — Yaa, a di xale – a millennial and colloquial expression meaning ‘let it begin’ could best be used to describe the narrative and new broom that comes with Botswana’s 5th President H.E Dr. Mokgweetsi Keabetswe Eric Masisi’s administration; fresh and youthful looking breed of new legislators.  Well, just yesterday, Masisi delivered his second State of the Nation Address (SONA) since becoming the Head of State. 

Members of Parliament (MPs) yesterday sashayed into the National Assembly fresh from their induction at the gateway to Chobe National Park, Kasane – a town in the northeastern corner of Botswana, near the borders with Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe, known for the herds of elephants which converge on the Chobe River in the dry season. The weeklong initiation was to familiarize the new breed of MPs, most of whom are still wet behind their ears, with parliament business, etiquette and the General Standing Orders. 

Well, yesterday afternoon some came dressed to the nines while others looked basic and unfashionable, as they waltzed into parliament ahead of President Masisi’s address. As they passed a posse of police officers and a clique of photographers; flashing their smiles, the paparazzi snapped continuously, capturing both stylish and unflattering moments. Quite plain though, which we hope will change in future is that Batswana generally don’t know how to walk the red carpet, and this becomes a pain for us photographers. While some would walk extremely very fast with their heads kept down, others will just walk slowly, greet people on both sides of the red carpet unperturbed, and you’d be left screaming inaudibly.

The worst case scenario is couples that walk in front of each other instead of side by side. OMG, who bewitched us! We can only hope that someone will coach our honorable MPs lest they repeat this silly red carpet mistakes again.  Moving along, one thing that Batswana will truly miss at every parliamentary event is the colorful and decorated former MP Botlogile Tshireletso’s fashion sense. The former Mahalapye legislator always turned heads with her enormous Gainsborough hats – an elaborate woman’s hat with a wide brim, and she always slayed!

Just a quick reminder to all those dignitaries who graced SONA red carpet yesterday – Members of parliament repeat after us:  SONA is not a funeral, SONA is not a promo night, and neither is SONA a bridal affair nor dowry negotiations. Even though there were some shocking outfits there were also some stunners, and here’s who rocked and who dismayed on the SONA red carpet…

THE BEST DRESSED

Annah Mokgethi

Perhaps maybe, just maybe she is going to be Tshireletso’s replacement in terms of style and looking chic. Mokgethi accompanied by hubby looked truly stylish with a Golden almost peach two-piece design. One could maybe argue the fortunes of having a teenager and urban daughter in Sasa Klaas came in handy. Hubby seemed overly excited but he too was on point. Those summer shades slapped!

Mpho Balopi

Ok, this man is the epitome of Gentlemen Quarterly (GQ) style locally.  With his partner in tow, one would have mistaken the couple for walking down the aisle on their wedded bliss. The Gaborone North MP truly looked like a seasoned MP and also smiled at the cameras. A well-fitted suit just put the cherry on top, and you always wear dope shoes bro! We are however not sure about his wife’s long gown though, kinda of an overkill. The flower design at the back was truly unnecessary! 

Tumisang Healy

I am starting to understand why he beat two standing PhD candidates. He is easy to engage with, smiles at nothing and dresses like an urban bachelor. Wife with a royal look walked Healy into the National Assembly – she looked like a solid support system. That belt melted the red carpet my thinking as yours? 

Dithapelo Korapetse

The way Stix likes pictures he must this year invest in a private photographer who will always follow him around and gram (Instagram) him to the world for all we care. Ok, jealous down, he’s always looking suave and debonair, and he must introduce us to his tailor.  Walking slowly and posing for cameras, Stix knew he was dressed for the occasion. Well done mate! However, the black sunglasses were way too dimmer for the weather. Overall, you killed it bro, you must teach your equals how to do it!

Ruth Maphorisa

Ha-ha! I had to take my eye off the camera just to see Ruth with my naked eye. The Orange item you wore ma’am was on point, and at that very moment, Shakira’s “Hips Don’t Lie” revisited my mind!

Thapelo Letsholo

This man is another epitome of slay from time immemorial. Letsholo has never backed down and his consistency has always been top class!  During his campaign prior to being elected was the ngwana o tshotswe chorus and yes indeed, we can truly attest there’s a new kid in the block in Letsholo. The suit was bespoke and truly defined. We know you like that bro!

Christian Greef

From eKasi to parliament – what a story for deGreef to beat the people’s favorite Ndaba Gaolathe for the coveted spot in the red carpet. You looked debonair and your wife truly complimented your look too. She’s a stunner too!  

Taolo Lucas 

After battling for so any years to walk the red carpet officially as an MP, Lucas looked stylish and was dressed for his age, complimented by his full-figured wife. The pants fitted well. You were clever to understand that you can’t compete with these MPs from the CBD with their ankle-revealing cuts. Next time don’t carry to many things whilst walking the red carpet!

Dineo Saleshando

She caused a social media stir with millennials asking about her tailor. Dineo is always looking stylish and yesterday was just another day in her vogue paradise. She’s slowly becoming a darling to everyone thanks to her apparent love for the first family. Keep shining Dix and once again congrats to your family!  

NOT BEST BUT…

Tumiso Rakgare

In this heat, our Minister of Sport wore a boot. No sir – boot is for overlaying pants and your dear wife looked like she is going for a simple walk in a shopping mall with those pumps. The pineapple hairdo also has to go. I trust her to work hard on these occasions otherwise first try is not bad buddy.

Dumezwani Mthimkhulu

Bro…your wife understood, breathed, and drank the red carpet. Take a look again; she smiled and walked with confidence with the lavish green one shoulder dress, well until she dropped something, and you didn’t even wait for her! What kind bro! Next time, wait up! For first timers, you two rocked!

Dumelang Saleshando

Lorddums also knows he wasn’t the best dressed, he let the young cadres shine but can we take a look at his wife, Dineo. She has never stopped slaying and has made hubby look like a best dresser. To Dineo, hats off always!

 Yandani Boko

Yes, happy socks perhaps make you happy but those died a long time ago in the CBD too. When wearing a suit, stick to solid colors. The wife looked radiant for red carpet. She just needs to work on her confidence as she looked frightened by the clique of paparazzi. 

WORST DRESSED

Kgotla Autlwetse

Please button up the oversized suit sir. Your wife looked spot on. 

Pagson Majaga

Too many wrongs with your choice of outfit, too many colours. You are a seasoned MP, what is that phone called Pagson – the administration is going for 4IR but you carried something extremely gigantic on your hands. Put the pen in the inside pockets of the blazer. Why are you carrying all these things anyway, tablet, newspapers, and argh! Please decide if you will put on the Zulu head gear or not. 

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