Even the controversial and unpredictable “love to hate” American President Donald Trump is better off than President Ian Khama’s administration for he lived to his campaign promises-signing executive orders to ban Muslims from entering America and building a wall separating his country with Mexico immediately after he assumed office recently.
But not with the Khama administration following their campaign promises the previous national elections as the ruling Botswana Democratic Party took to the helm to rule the country under the promises of job creation, better education and allocation of serviced land among others.
“When he campaigned for elections President Obama promised Obama-health-care and to reduce the unemployment rate and he did just that as he left office…so will be the current President of America Trump who will ban the Muslims entering America and building a wall separating America through his executive orders he signed immediately after he entered into office,” argued opposition Member of Parliament for Francistown South Wynter Mmolotsi, describing him as a “love and hate” President who at least kept to his words.
Responding to the budget speech, Mmolotsi insisted the ruling party stole the votes of electorates to promise a better life during the election campaigns. It turned out to be empty promises thereafter, citing the current budget which he says does not even answer the voters plights.
“The budget should meet the promises of the voters as promised during the election campaigns but none with the current budget meaning that you stole the votes of the people under false pretences,” the legislator said, reminded of the two American leaders for they lived to expectations unlike the ruling party leadership with their empty promises.
Under the banner to create employment, Mmolotsi argued the ruling party attracted quite a number of voters during the previous national elections campaigns to their fold, only for the party to turn around after being elected to power.
“You promised the voters employment during the campaign…right now you are double tongue-pronged insisting it is not your priority to create direct employment only to provide a conducive environment leaving such a huge task to other people(private sector),” Mmolotsi noted, adding that such a move was misleading as it created into minds of the voters something good will come out of the ruling party leading them to voting the party in good numbers.
“That is pure theft,” he said.
Presenting his budget speech, Finance Minister Kenneth Matambo emphasized Government’s role over employment insisting its “principal role was not to create employment directly but to provide a conducive macroeconomic environment to facilitate the development of the private sector.”
“The private sector in turn is expected to take advantage of such an environment to undertake investments which would contribute to the growth and creation of sustainable employment opportunities,” Matambo added.
Instead of creating employment as promised, Francistown South MP argued the situation was opposite as thousands of workers have since lost jobs since the election period todate.
Worse still, the ruling party made empty promises during the 2014 national elections, promising Batswana good education which to date is yet to come.
“Despite the money you inject into the education sector nothing positive comes out …a telling point your education system is not consistent with the right education priorities. You are scratching where it is not itching,” Mmolotsi said, adding P6 Billion allocated to the Ministry of Education was not the recipe for the better things to come out of the Ministry.
Despite such a chunk of money allocated the Ministry year in and out, Mmolotsi is afraid pupils still share some text books as many as 5, leaving behind text books at schools as cautionary measure while the expenditure for books is reduced letting down the education results.
“How could our education system improve on such conditions,” the charismatic opposition Umbrella for Democratic Change legislator asked, insisting the continuous admission of pupils to the senior schools despite their poor results including the existence of dilapidated classrooms were not helping the situation.
“This is not fair,” he said, adding the ruling party elites were doing Batswana injustice to offer them poor education system knowing very well they will send their children to international and private schools with reputable education systems.
To promise voters land during election campaigns and thereafter cite 37,000 serviced plots as is the case with the current budget, Mmolotsi further argued was an insult to their vote as is the health system with shortage of medical supplies despite the ruling party so called prudence budgetary.
“It is no wonder some of you attend medication at the Millpark hospital,” he concluded, perhaps taking a scoff at the Vice President for attending medical attention of late at Millpark hospital in South Africa instead of the public hospital in the country.