Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Kgathi says opposition relies more on media than people

THE Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) Culture and Publicity Committee Chairperson, Shaw Kgathi, said the opposition should desist from relying on the media to reach the people but should, instead, do the ground work on their own.

He challenged the opposition political parties to put their house in order, failure to which they will continue losing elections.

Kgathi urged the opposition to take their messages directly to the people.

“When you really think about it, how many people actually have access to the media, which the opposition depends on to do their homework,” he wondered.

Kgathi, who was speaking in an interview with The Sunday Standard on Friday, said the ruling party continues to work on the weaknesses of the opposition to strengthen itself.

“The strategy of the opposition political parties is upside down,” he said.

Kgathi advised the opposition political parties not to be misled by analysts who will only make them continue being losers while the BDP continues to take the day.

He described as unfortunate the tendency of personal attacks on the Head of State, adding that President Khama was not the party but a member of the ruling party.

“If President Khama leaves office, who they will attack?” he queried.

On the opposition coming together to dislodge the BDP, Kgathi said the parties should not fool themselves by believing they could work together for that purpose as they do not have any alternative to offer the people of Botswana.

“The strength of the BDP has continued to grow, which is evident from the latest by-election that was won by the ruling party,” he said.

However, Kgathi described the relationship between the ruling party and the opposition political parties as cordial.

Meanwhile, Botswana Congress Party (BCP) spokesperson, Taolo Lucas, said politics is not a career that is viewed as credible in Botswana just like in many other African countries.

He said it is unfortunate that the negative aspect usually overrides the positive.

On personalised politics, Lucas said the trend was not on a large scale, adding that the citizenry were partly to blame for promoting such politics.

On whether the opposition political parties and the ruling party hold meetings to discuss national development, Lucas said such a conference was last held four years ago.

He said electoral pacts have failed in the past because of policy differences and not on the question of who is to lead the pact.


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