The Botswana Congress Party (BCP) has cast aspersions over government’s foreign policy stating that they are concerned with its conduct toward foreign neighbours. At a press conference addressed at the BCP office, the Botswana Congress Party (BCP) Vice President Dr Kesitegile Gobotswang stated that recent government utterances are worrisome and have great potential of destabilizing the relations with neighbours.
“For example recently President Ian Khama called on Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe to resign. After that, the Botswana government issued a press release on withdrawal of South Africa from the International Criminal Court (ICC),” said the deeply concerned Kesitegile.
He urged government to be careful with such utterances as Botswana has so much to lose than again since we are a “landlocked country”.
This is not the first time that Botswana has got involved in conflicts that do not have anything to do with her. Dr. President Khama condemned North Korea for its ballistic bomb tests and also raised eyebrows when the foreign affairs ministry condemned China over the South China sea disputes.
However South Africa did not take kindly to criticism it received from government over its withdrawal from the International Criminal Court and stated that Botswana has to follow proper diplomatic procedures.
Amongst other things, Kesitegile welcomed two new members – Moemedi Dennis Baikalafi and Keakile Thabang Keakile who are both from the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP). He also poked holes in Khama’s leadership over his failure to address the distressed BCL employees, but instead sent ministers to address them.