The President of the Umbrella for Democratic Change and MP for Bonington North constituency, Duma Boko, says there is need for employees to hold politicians and political parties accountable for consistent positions.
Addressing delegates at the Botswana Land Board, Local Authorities and Health Workers Union (BLLAWHU) conference, the leader of opposition implored workers to continue asking questions and scrutinising politicians to ensure they remain liable for their conduct.
Amongst other things, Boko said unions are vital partners in a fair economy as they campaign for the protection of workers, with decent pay and conditions. The leader of opposition also said the role of unions goes beyond championing the welfare of workers, but to also bargain and regulate the government function.
Boko encouraged the union to be more engaged in the corrupt violations taking place in the society, adding that they should take part in the democratic process.
He said that the workers should be the ones dictating to government what is right for them to force dialogue with government.
“When you play your function in government seriously, all political players would account to you and tell you what they want to do with you, and only those with your interests and demands would be entitled to your support,” said Boko.
Boko also poked holes in Khama and BDP’s leadership and clearly warned them that if they continue to shun unions, they are likely to lose support and power. He expressed disappointment at the way the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) disrespects unions to the chagrin of employees.