Saturday, December 3, 2022

BMD vows to improve workers’ conditions

The Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) Secretary General, Wynter Mmolotsi, says there is need to improve conditions of public servants, particularly police and army officers.

Speaking at a rally held to welcome Gaborone Councilors who recently joined BMD, Mmolotsi said the working conditions of the majority of workers are below standard while inflation often accelerates.  He also observed that a lot of people have lost their jobs unfairly, most of them unaware of where to go for professional advice.

Mmolotsi stated that there is an increasing number of labour issues in the country.

“Botswana is a rich country which was affected too much by the recent economic downturn,” said Mmolotsi

He said that eight years without salary increment is totally unfair to employees. He criticized the ruling party for what he termed failure to deliver over the past 40 years and accused the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) for not respecting people’s feelings, especially the low paid employees. He said it is time for everyone to distance themselves from the BDP and its policies, which he labeled outdated.

Mmolotsi said some government initiatives do not┬áaddress the fundamental┬áissue┬áof providing┬ásustainable and long term┬ájobs for the┬áunemployed masses. He said too many workers on government pay roll on the lower pay structures find it difficult to afford the basket of basic commodities for their survival. Councilors for Gaborone North, Boikhutso Ward Tidimalo Thunthung and Moagi Taunyane for Tsholofelo South Ward, who recently defected to BMD, were officially launched over the weekend in Gaborone’s Tsholofelo, at a well attended public rally.

“We are happy as the BMD leadership and welcome the decisions they have taken to join BMD as they will positively be influential on the party matters,” said Mmolotsi.

On the issue of opposition parties cooperation talks, MP for Kgatleng West, Gilbert Mangole, expressed support on the unity of opposition parties.  He stated that he observed that there is massive progress in the involved political parties. He said the talks will never have a chance to derail, adding that it is a positive attempt by opposition to collectively express themselves through their unity.

“I am confident enough to say that we are on the right track on our mission and political careers as the opposition,” said Mangole.

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