Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Mamela angrily denies self interest in Umbrella Party negotiations

The Botswana Congress Party (BCP) politician and former Member of Parliament for Francistown South, Vain Mamela, has reacted angrily to reports that he has self interest in the allocation of 57 constituencies within the Umbrella Party negotiations.

In a heated speech he gave during the BCP rally recently in Francistown, the political heavy weight quashed the rumours, saying that there are some individuals who are conniving with the media, writing false information in a bid to maliciously tarnish his image as a politician.

“The people who write nonsense in the media about me having self interests in the allocation of these constituencies should stop because the BCP unity negotiations are led by Batisani Maswibilili and I should make it clear that the negotiations are not for individuals but for the parties,” he said.

Mamela went on to say that it is high time that those who write reports in the media understand that such reports trample on his rights and are blemishing his image before his family.

On a different note, Mamela went on to attack the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) saying that the party has failed the country dismally as foreigners are the only people who are enjoying the fruits of Botswana’s economy.

“We recently heard of reports of foreigners getting a salary increment from 30 percent to 35 percent salary while the public servants are getting a 3 percent increment; very shocking indeed,” he said.

Mamela further said that Chinese companies are also the only beneficiaries of government tenders while the locals are never given any priority. He took issue with the fact that these Chinese companies share a government budget of up to P30 billion.

He also attacked Eric Molale, the Permanent Secretary to the President for saying that although he was very much opposed to the public servants strike, he was the only beneficiary as he got a lump increment of P1 500 on top of a hefty salary of over P47 000 per month while some public employees got as little as P30 increase after the 3 percent increment.

“On top of that Molale gets a hefty entertainment allowance,” he said.

In conclusion, Mamela further condemned the BDP government saying that it is running short of ideas and does not care about the plight of the citizens which then calls for its dethronement from power in the coming 2014 general elections.

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