Saturday, June 15, 2024

The President Must Keep his Word on Military Veterans’ Pensions

Last weekend the ruling Botswana Democratic Party held its 59th Special Congress in Palapye where President Masisi made a special announcement in regard to the welfare of military veterans in this country. He requested the congress to adopt a motion seeking to correct the wrongs committed against retired soldiers in regard to their pensions.

The story between the current president and military veterans begins in 2019 at Mahalapye. At that venue the veterans were holding their elective congress and had invited the first citizen to graze their occasion. It was at this event that old soldiers expressed their disheartening and horrific stories of how they were suffering.

The president expressed to the gathering that the meeting should go ahead and elect its new leaders and tarry a little until after the national elections. By this announcement, the president had opened the door to a negotiated settlement. What was said in Palapye last week was just a reiteration of what was said by the same man four years ago.

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