Friday, December 3, 2021

“Khama should not blame his failures on opposition” ÔÇô Mmolotsi

As the country continues to feel the impacts of the six-week-old public service strike, which has led to the collapse of the health and the education systems, the opposition Member of Parliament for Francistown South, Wynter Mmolotsi, on Friday took a swipe at President Ian Khama for failing to address problems head on.

Mmolotsi, of the Botswana Movement for Democracy, said Khama should not blame the opposition parties for the ongoing unrest in the country. 

He was giving a solidarity message to the Botswana Federation of Public Sector Union (BOFEPUSO) strikers in Tonota.

Mmolotsi said that President Khama has instead resorted to attacking the opposition parties through Botswana Television (BTV).

This was in response to comments made by President Khama during the High Level Consultation Council (HLCC) last week.

At that meeting, the President held the opposition responsible for inciting the strike and encouraging violence across the country.

“As a member of the opposition party, I am going to talk to the striking workers at free will and no one will stop me,” said Mmolotsi resolutely.

He said that as a parliamentary representative, he has the right to talk to his electorates. He went on to attack Khama saying that the President should desist from using the opposition parties as a scapegoat.

“Instead of talking directly to workers, President Khama addresses issues behind the Botswana Television cameras,” he added.

The Legislator said the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) also has a right to address the striking workers just like the opposition parties are doing. He also attacked the BDP saying that the party has continued to stay in power simply because the electorate does not understand its shady side. Among other issues, Mmolotsi raised was that Khama is a leader who never takes advice, but believes in commands. He revealed to the strikers that Khama’s failure to take advice made him and his colleagues break ties with the ruling party and defect to the Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD).

“We still stand by our position as the opposition that workers should be given what they deserve and the essential service workers should be reinstated into their jobs,” he added.
 The address in Tonota attracted a number of striking workers from Francistown who had come to give support to their colleagues.

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