Botswana Congress Party, President Dumelang Saleshando has said that the opposition parties under their cooperation model will trounce the ruling Botswana Democratic Party in 2019.
Saleshando stated at Botswana National Front 50 years celebrations in Mahalapye that there is a need for opposition cooperation in a bid to overthrow the government.
The BCP leader stated that opposition parties have capable leadership that can replace the ruling BDP from power for the benefit of Batswana.
While not formally a part of opposition alliance, BCP has taken a decision to embrace the alliance under the Umbrella for Democratic Change.
Talks to that effect are due to start next year.
“ In the last elections the opposition got 53% of the popular vote. The government finds itself in the opposition benches and the party that lost elections finds itself in power. This has to be corrected,”added Saleshando.
He said there is a need to go back to the cooperation talks to come up with a plan on how the opposition can overthrow the government. Saleshando stated that they will do whatever they can to bury the ruling party dream to continue leading the country.
“We are not against the UDC idea. The idea is brilliant. It needs our concerted efforts to make the idea a reality,”emphasised Saleshando.
Saleshando stated that opposition should have a road map on how Batswana will benefit economically when opposition takes over power from the ruling party.
Saleshando stated that the country is regressing on what it attained.
He singled out corruption as the biggest evil that Botswana has to fight.
He said that some are involved in corruption knowing that they are protected by the Office of the President.
Saleshando stated that though opposition has failed in the past to cooperate there was need to go back to the cooperation looking at problems bedeviling the country. He said the current problems compel the opposition to go back to the table. Saleshando stated that usually people refer to a country like Botswana as country that has gone to the dogs.
“Our country has not gone to the dogs. The dogs have come to our country. The dogs are now going for foreign reserves, “added Saleshando.
Botswana Movement for Democracy, Deputy President Wynter Mmolotsi stated that Batswana voted opposition in large numbers as it was evident that the ruling party has no solutions to problems facing Batswana. He said that the current government has no solution to problems facing the youth such as unemployment. Mmolotsi defined programmes designed for youth as a sign of failure towards the youth. Mmolotsi stated that the Economic Stimulus Package was geared towards enticing people to buy votes. He said that the government will use the money from foreign reserves to attain power as they have realized that opposition parties is an alternative government.
South African Communist Party, Provincial Chairperson Mpho Motlhabanye says the party will continue to help the opposition in Botswana in their quest to take power from the ruling party.
Motlhabanye stated that they will continue to participate in house to house campaigns to help the opposition to win elections in 2019. “We played our role in the last elections where we participated in house to house campaigns prior to 2014 elections. We are not going to stop because the enemy must fall,”added Motlhabanye.
Motlhabanye advised the opposition to consider bringing workers and youth on board when they are serious about overthrowing the ruling party.
Botswana Federation of Public Sector Union, General Secretary Simon Kgaoganang stated that as BOFEPUSO they want opposition cooperation among political parties in Botswana.
He said that BOFEPUSO with its membership will influence the opposition to take power from the ruling party which has failed Batswana. Meanwhile different speakers hipped praises to former opposition parties political heroes at the unveiling of Dr Kenneth Koma tombstone in Mahalapye.