After his speech, about two or three people concurred with his suggestions, from there “Motshwarakgole briefed us on the decision taken by the executives of the two Unions, Botswana Public Employees Union (BOPEU) and the MWU to work together.”
However, Johnson Motswarakgole, National Organizing Secretary of the MWU maintains that, “It should be noted that I co-founded the BFTU, so I know what is required to form a federation” Motshwarakgole also denied being privy to Pule’s allegations of Sunday Standard or its reporter having internal information.
On why the new federation has not responded to the BFTU’s challenge of its legitimacy, both Motsamai and Motshwarakgole asserted that the response carries the risk of giving credibility to the national “Mhosha flimsy” allegations.
Gadzani Mhosha, Secretary General of the BFTU, says they are taking their time in the hope that the Authorities will take appropriate corrective measures. He says that when the moment of reckoning comes, “Make no mistake the law will be taken to the letter.”
The BFTU’s position is that the new federation is founded on “deceit and manipulation,” and that Section 45 of the Trade Union and Employers Organizations Act article 13 had been breached.