Sunday, September 27, 2020

Motshwarakgole celebrates success of his side-campaign

The National Organising Secretary of the Manual Workers Union, Johnson Motshwarakgole, says he is happy with the results of the side-campaign he waged against some senior members of the ruling Botswana Democratic Party.

On the eve of the General Elections, Motshwarakgole and his colleagues at the Manual Workers Union embarked on a spirited campaign that targeted nine ministers, including Vice President Mompati Merafhe.

The ministers were called “enemies of democracy” who should be rejected by the electorate.

An employee of the Union was to be detained in the Bobirwa constituency for disseminating posters carrying the controversial images and messages from the Union.

Motshwarakgole who is the public face of the Manual Workers Union told Sunday Standard that it was clear his campaign was paying off.

This was after an announcement that senior Minister Dan Moroka and junior minister Kavis Kario had lost their parliamentary seats.

Motshwarakgole was hopeful that by the time all results were announced another Senior Minister, Phandu Skelemani, would have joined the list of victims.
“I am not so sure of what will happen in Ngami with Jacob Nkate. But I am certain Skelemani will not make it,” said Motshwarakgole.

He said he had hoped for more casualties on his list.
“But I cannot complain. We have done our best,” he said.

On just why they had singled out these particular ministers, Motshwarakgole said these are the people who had proved very difficult in their dealings with the workers.

“For other Batswana, the elections are a way of choosing a government. It is different with us the employees. We are not just choosing a government but also our employers. So it is important that these people have kind relations with employees,” he said.

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