Monday, July 4, 2022

Gobotswang fires salvo at BOFEPUSU overture

The Botswana Congress Party (BCP) General Secretary Kesitegile Gobotswang has reacted strongly to suggestions by the Botswana Federation of Public Sector Unions (BOFEPUSU) that his party should join the opposition Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC).

Speaking at the commemoration of the May Day in Francistown, Motswarakgole hinted that if the BCP does not join forces with other opposition parties it could lose out on the Union vote in the upcoming general elections.

Lately, the Union has been fighting in UDC’s corner. It recently participated in the Letlhakeng West by-election that the BDP, however, managed to retain.

In an interview with the Sunday Standard, Gobotswang said that the federation has to accept that Botswana’s political landscape includes several opposition parties who are also ambitious of attaining state power. He said even the Labour movement has two federations.

He added that it is an old issue…we have welcomed that there is Botswana Federation of Trade Union (BFTU) and BOFEPUSU)

“People who are saying the BCP should join forces with the Umbrella party are BDP members” said Gobotswang.

The BCP bigwig also accused BOFEPUSU of sending mixed feelings and confusing the workers and members of the public generally.

He said that he found it surprising that a BOFEPUSU affiliate could praise and back Minister Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi for the BDP chairmanship while on the other hand claiming to be lobbying for the ousting of the ruling BDP.

“They are sending mixed signals, they are confusing people…I do not think they even agree that they want to support parties or candidates come 2014,” he said.

Gobotswang says that his party is worried that the working class ideology within the labour movement is lost, adding that ideally it is the criterion to determine who BOFEPUSU support.

The BCP leader also opined that he was concerned about BOFEPUSU’s influence on the workers, arguing that the poor attendance of the workers day commemoration countrywide is an indication that BOFEPUSU is not in control of the workers vote.

“It has not been proven that they are really in control of the civil service vote….but as with anything things can change,” he stated.

“The opposition should not bank on BOFEPUSU but should rigorously campaign and sell our parties to the people….this issue of Union support is too complex and we do not have to be too simplistic about it,” said Gobotswang.

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