Vice President of the Alliance for Progressives (AP) Wynter Mmolotsi has said that the ongoing feud between President Mokgweetsi Masisi and former President Ian Khama is a result of the laws that were amended in Parliament.
He cited the decision by Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) to vote in favour of the amendment of the President Pensions Act to suit Khama’s personal needs.
Contributing to Masisi’s state of the nation address, Mmolotsi said “I will now want to divert my attention to the ensuing bitter conflict currently consuming our two leaderships. I will like to tell you the bitter confrontation eating up the two leaders was born and bred right in this House.”
“It was in this House packed with dishonest ruling party MPs that the current confrontation started. And when we told you that what you are doing was wrong and will set a wrong precedence you dug your heads in the sand and now here we are.”
Mmolotsi who is also the MP for Francistown South slammed ruling party MPs and Ministers that “came here with Bills under the guise of the benefits and welfare of the outgoing President when in actual fact were designed to suit the tastes and favours one individual- the out-going retiring President Khama.”
According to Mmolotsi “As respectable leaders of this House we should believe in ourselves but instead we found the ruling party MPs and Ministers who will sacrifice their voting conscience going as far as tinkering with our noble Laws just to satisfy their leader…promulgating Laws to suit Phuti (Khama).”
“You insulted us and called us names just when we warned you against this move and today you are denying him what you promised him yourselves,” Mmolotsi argued.
He called on the ruling party leadership to live up to promises and expectations due to Khama as enshrined in the new President Pensions Act.
“The ruling party Government should know the Laws are meant for everybody not just to suit the lifestyle of a certain President retiring,” Mmolotsi noted.
“Right now we are tottering on the brink of a civil war. You should learn from this,” he said.
Mmolotsi then turned his blazing gun on the Vice President Slumber Tsogwane who was attempting to rein him in.
“If the promises and deals were not struck in the first place there would not have been amendments (to the President Pensions Act). In fact you were not part of the deal. You were not even considered a prospect for the VP then,” he said.