Sunday, June 23, 2024

BPP welcomes Moswaane

Tati Siding: Neither the chilly morning nor the strict Covid-19 protocols could deter the warm welcome extended to Francistown West Legislator Ignatius Mokwaledi Moswaane to the Botswana People’s Party (BPP). 

Moswaane left everyone guessing his next move after defecting from the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) and only labeling himself a member of the opposition coalition, Umbrella for Democratic Change(UDC) until the past week.

His welcome ceremony attracted the attention of the Botswana Congress Party (BCP) Vice President, Dr Kesitegile Gobotswang and other members from his party.

Welcoming Moswaane, the BPP President, Motlatsi Molapisi said he had known the former Mayor long back when they were still councilors. Moswaane, he said proved to be a Pan-Africanist. He therefore wondered what he was doing in the BDP. 

“Botswana is going through the first phase of African politics. People are being bought by the ruling party. If we the knowledgeable do not educate people, the BDP will continue ruling people the way it is-taking people into adverse poverty. Moswaane is fit enough to be such an educator. Botswana is poor because of the BDP governance. We are now in the storm of the Covid-19 pandemic which is taking its toll on the economy of the country. The BDP is worsening it. We saw the Finance Minister being moved from his position after presenting the national budget,” said Molapisi.

He said the money being budgeted for is going into corruption. Though the current president promised to fight corruption, Molapisi hinted, all the people suspected of corrupt practices, except for Carter Morupisi are not prosecuted for this vice. He expressed optimism over the fact that Moswaane will not be a sell-out enough to later defect back to the BDP. 

He further highlighted that, come what may; the Francistown West constituency is a BPP constituency and the move by Moswaane further ascertains this. 

Explaining reasons for his defection to the BPP, Moswaane said the poor have been forgotten because they have less education and they are only waiting for a grave to open to be told to rest in peace.

“BDP masters are buying groceries for their dogs worth P3000 per month, which UDC is saying should be given to Batswana as a living wage. BDP claims this is impossible. Pan Africanism is the love for one another as fellow Africans, something the BDP is failing. BPP advocates for Batswana to take their rightful places- ownership of land, ownership of natural resources. Batswana should employ foreigners and not and not vice versa,” he said.

Furthermore, Moswaane said under the BDP government it is very difficult for a Motswana to own a plot which they can call home. He said the most educated public service workers are oppressed by the political leaders and have been turned into pray singers of the hymn; ‘The President says this; not the government says this’. 

“Corruption is the order of the day. Millions of Pulas are going down the drain. Foreigners who have invested 100 percent in Botswana should be fully recognised and be assisted to get citizenship within reasonable time,” he said.

He expressed hope that the gap that seems to exist between the UDC leadership and the grass root majorities will be closed soon. Quoting former US President, John Kennedy he said; “Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and success of liberty.” 


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