At a BMD rally at the Chris Hani Freedom Square in Gaborone over the weekend, Maun West Member of Parliament, Tawana Moremi, publicly stated that he will soon align himself with the opposition coalition.
Moremi, who resigned from the ruling Botswana Democratic party some months ago, has not yet joined the BMD, but he was given a chance to address a well-attended launch of the newly recruited city councilors. ┬á
Moremi was welcomed by other MPs and councilors as he stood up to make the address.
He stated that he is yet to align himself with one of the three main opposition parties after quitting the ruling BDP in May. He said he enjoys being in the opposition ranks in Parliament. Moremi also stated that he is ready to deliver and change the lives of Batswana in his capacity as a Member of Parliament.
“Any politician anywhere has the right to exercise their democratic right by joining a political party of their choice,” said Moremi.
Moremi also seemed to be comfortable amongst the crowd that attended the massive rally. Some of the new councilors also joined BMD last year while others joined this year. The entire BMD National Executive committee made it to the rally.
Botswana Federation of Public Service Unions (BOFEPUSU) Labour Secretary, Johnson Motshwarakgole, was one of the speakers at the rally. He criticized the current BDP government and stated that workers’ environments are bad for workers.
Motshwarakgole criticized President Ian Khama, stating that he is using the pool of the unemployed as human shields against the demands by the public sector workers.
He said collective bargaining is a process of negotiations between the employer and the employee, aimed at reaching agreement by consensus, and not giving instructions.
“Our support for the workers is to see people living better lives and we need principles of good governance,” said Motshwarakgole.
At the same rally, BMD Vice President, MP Botsalo Ntuane, stated that the BDP has failed to deliver Batswana’s needs. He said the rally marked the beginning of a new dawn in the country’s politics and said it stands out at the agenda setting a platform. He stated that they expect more councilors countrywide to join BMD.
┬á“We vow to┬ánever ever again allow our country Botswana to suffer a deficit of democracy, deterioration of good governance, extra┬ájudicial murders,” said Ntuane.
He stated that the BDP life span has come to an end as it failed to address key issues of workers and the unemployed. He added that the government has failed to create jobs for the youth and does not see any urgency in doing so.