The Botswana National Front (BNF) held a well-attended rally in Molepolole over the weekend.
Among those who attended were the Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) president Gomolemo Motswaledi and hordes of BMD supporters.
MP for Kanye North, Kentse Rammidi, told the rally that the ruling party’s MPs have sleepless nights because of the umbrella cooperation talks, adding that the BDP has failed to deliver to Batswana and President Khama should step down.
Speaking at the well-attended rally, Rammidi said that BNF in Kanye is now awake as it is the dominating party. He added that people are now alien to those who show support to them.
Rammidi stated that the BDP’s life span has come to an end as it failed to address key issues of workers and the unemployed. According Rammidi, BNF is at its peak level this year; he said that it is ready for cooperation talks with other political parties.
┬á“We know our responsibilities and we intend to speak out on behalf of all people in this country with a voice characterized by emphasis on fighting corruption and enabling empowerment,” said Rammidi.
He said it is the time for him to distance himself from the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) and its policies, which he labeled outdated. He further stated that BDP has lost compassion for its people and he said he no longer felt at home with the BDP.
Rammidi said that the BNF is simply fulfilling its promise and desire of returning the BNF to its root. He said political education is not only imperative for imparting knowledge to members, but also instills confidence in cadres.
“We need each other as opposition for power in 2014 and we cannot recruit members from the opposition,” said Rammidi.
The BNF president, Duma Boko, said BNF has agreed with the Botswana Congress Party (BCP) and the Botswana Peoples Party (BPP) to use the Umbrella model to contest the 2014 general elections. He said the establishment of policies is going to unify them as the umbrella party. He stated that he has met with other chairmen of opposition parties. Boko further stated that opposition unity is done to call for change of regime and added that failure to that means continuation of the ruling party. He also observed that there has been negative reporting about the opposition bilateral talks that are still ongoing as well as the appointment of the umbrella party.
“The reports are malicious and some people have hidden agendas on the opposition bilateral talks,” said Boko.
Meanwhile, Motswaledi echoed Boko’s words and expressed his support on the unity of opposition parties.┬á
Motswaledi 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. He stated that it is a positive attempt on behalf of the opposition collective to express themselves through their unity.