The Interim Chairman of Botswana Movement for Democracy has criticised excessive alcohol consumption.
Gomolemo Motswaledi said while BMD is against the Alcohol Levy imposed by Government, they still felt there is need for responsible alcohol consumption.
Addressing a BMD workshop during the election of the youth league committee in the Francistown South Constituency on Saturday, Motswaledi highlighted that BMD is very optimistic of winning the coming 2014 elections and adding that there is need for the party to have a good image so that it does not lose confidence among its voters due to negligence by irresponsible alcohol drinkers.
“We do not want a situation where we take over government in 2014 and fail to bring about positive change in the lives of people,” he added.
He further revealed that he does not drink alcohol but still does not believe the alcohol levy by President Ian Khama is the best solution. However Motswaledi went on to mention that once BMD takes power from the ruling BDP, one of their mandates is to reduce the alcohol levy as alcohol problems can only be solved through education and campaigns.
He implore the BMD youth in particular to play an active role in making sure that each one of them takes responsibility of recruiting members into the party ahead of 2014 general elections as part of the strategy to remove the BDP.
“By drinking responsibly, this could help the government in retracing its steps on its continuous increase of the alcohol levy and the alcohol laws,” Motswaledi added.
Motswaledi went on to indicate that the youth are the backbone of the party.
He also stated that there is much need by the newly elected youth committee to have a deep insight about BMD, to learn the party positions so that they can be able sell it efficiently. He reminded the youth in the committee that a lot of successful political careers started from such committees.