Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Khama meets police over threats to boycott elections

President Ian Khama will meet a delegation from the Botswana Police Service sometime this week, The Telegraph has learnt.  

This comes after reports emerged that some police officers are threatening to boycott monitoring the upcoming General Elections slated for October if government fails to address their long pending grievances.

Information passed to The Telegraph suggests that President Khama has called an urgent meeting with a delegation from Botswana Police Service to discuss the matter.  

Source say President Khama intends to inform the police officers that government is working on improving their conditions of service and issues relating to their pay structure.

Police spokes person Assistant Police Commissioner Christopher Mbulawa confirmed that President Khama will meet police delegation sometime this week but claimed ignorance as to what will be discussed at the meeting.

“It is not something unusual because His Excellency interacts with the police and this is not the first time. His Excellency often addresses the police officers,” he said.

Mbulawa stated that it would be improper to preempt what the President intends to share with the delegation from the Botswana Police Service.

Mbulawa said the meeting which will be held behind closed doors will be held sometime this week at Special Support Group SSG hall.

Meanwhile some police officers who did not want to be named indicated to this publication that should the President fail to address or provide answers to their long pending grievances they intend to boycott monitoring the next coming general election.
They stressed that if the government fails to address their grievances it should either involve members of Botswana Defence Force (BDF), Directorate on Corruption and Econoci Crime (DCEC) or Directorate of Security Services (DIS) to monitor elections.

“First we want to be separated from the Public Service Act and be independent just like Botswana Defense Force and DCEC,” they said.

They said last year during the senior police conference they were promised by both the Minister of Justice, Security and Defense and Commissioner of Police Keabetswe Makgope that their grievances will be addressed before April.
But that has not happened.”

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