“The President Masisi Holds The World Record For The Individual With The Most Number Of Quarantines During The COVID 19 lockdowns.” Butale Speaks
Over the last few weeks the nation of Botswana has been overwhelmed with reports of corruption, wastage of Government funds coupled with
incredible administrative blunders executed by the current Government.
These blunders seem to form a big part of the current administrations
modus operandi. The long litany of blunders include wastage of money
that was supposed to be used to fight the corona virus pandemic, where toilets at Primary schools were built at exorbitant amounts. To add salt to injury Senior Ministers in the Administration then went on the rampage lamenting and criticizing this waste that is done under their watch! Other unprecedented blunders from the regime include the actions of a President who is currently on quarantine and has been quarantined more than 3 times for actions that could easily been avoided. The President holds the world record for the individual with the most number of quarantines during the COVID 19 lockdowns.
These blunders are concerning and point to the direction that this country could be heading.
Lately there have been reports of the COVID 19 subsidy fund not being
credited to companies to pay workers despite the Government
publishing information to the contrary. Lowly paid Batswana have sacrificed so much during the lockdown and to date many have not been paid their subsidy salaries not to mention those who are suffering in the informal sector who were not catered for at all.
Some companies are yet to receive salary subsidies for the months of April and May. These unprecedented blunders are proving too heavy a burden to carry and they are now weighing down on the conscious of the Nation.
The reports are never ending and it is one blunder, followed by indiscretion and error of judgement, after another that leaves many of us wondering if our country has leadership or is on auto pilot mode.
There is a very serious court action in the offing with legal papers of
demand that imply that the nurse who seemingly precipitated the hurried adoption of the state of emergency earlier on in the year, might actually not have had COVID 19.
There are serious allegations that the whole debacle was contrived. Should these fears be found to be true, this would constitute the lowest point of our Nations leadership’s moral deficit.
Two days after the state of emergency laws were passed the
spokesperson, of the Botswana Patriotic Front Mr Justice Motlhabani was arrested at 2200hrs at night by over 20 armed police officers who came after him as if they were after some armed and dangerous bank robbers. All this drama for what we learnt were trumped up charges ostensibly to do with some benign social media publications.
We condemn this delinquent behaviour in the strongest possible termsbecause no citizen should be arrested at night, stripped naked and hand and ankle chained like an animal. All this drama is reminiscent of how Madam ‘Butterfly’ was escorted to court over trumped up charges.
The poor lady was escorted by tens of heavily armed security personnel. She was charged with another suspicious charge of stealing P100 000 Million ( One Hundred Thousand Million Pula) or Ten Billion US Dollars from the Bank of Botswana.
These trumped up charges are seemingly going to cause Botswana to be Black listed in the International Financial community in October this year.
Mr Justice Motlhabani and his colleague Mr Dikologang were subsequently tortured whilst in police custody allegedly by members of the Serious Crime Squad.
The cruel and inhumane torture and everything that they have gone through during their detention and interrogation which will come out in court as we call out some Ministers and influential figures in Government to testify.
This was the first time in the history of Botswana that political activists were tortured by the State apparatus.
Another ugly blight thanks to the current regime that seems hell bent on undoing all the good reputation of Botswana that was built over decades.
The idea seems to be to make
Botswana a truly ‘African’ country in the mould of Kagame and
Munangagwa. These actors have for some reason become our new best
friends together with the Chinese Communist Party that had a keen
interest in the last General Elections that were evidently rigged.
The current President was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the
University of Botswana soon after ascending to the Presidency in a
curiously unprocedural manner.
There are intimations that some in the Government now want to add a new title of ‘Father of a nation’ to the Doctorate.
We as a party have no qualms with the penchant of African leaders to have quaint titles like Conqueror of the British Empire, but we would like to caution that now is not the time for peculiar titles, this is not
the time for personal aggrandisement this is the time for the Nation to be united in fighting the COVID 19 pandemic enemy and ensuring that we win the war of our generation.
We believe that the focus of Government should be to cater for all sectors of the economy, especially those that have been ignored like the informal sector. It is a time to ensure that the vulnerable members of our society are catered for with food rations on a
That strategies be implemented to resuscitate the collapsed economy.
On the contrary though Corruption has skyrocketed in recent months, we have heard of tenders running into the tens of millions of Pula being awarded to newly formed companies.
The question in many of our
people’s minds is how these ‘new’ Tenderpreneurs knew about the
opportunities to tender when we were all under lockdown and could not conduct business. Nearly all of these tenders were not advertised, most were by direct appointment to the ‘new’ companies.
This state of affairs leaves a lot to be desired and flies in the face of good Governance. The
Finance Minister recently announced that the Botswana Government
through its embassies abroad had purchased medical goods to the tune of P2.4 Billion and that these supplies were on their way to Botswana.
We want to know what was being purchased and when these goods will arrive in Botswana. All these happenings are a concern and looking at the amount of money that the Nation has willingly and out of their good heart given to COVID 19 Relief Fund in trying to assist our government only to learn that this goodness could have been erased by the most corrupt period in the history of this Nation.
The Moody Rating Agency
report has recently downgraded Botswana from a stable outlook to a negative one. And we have no doubt that even Transparency
International is going to downgrade this country looking at the recent
corruption allegations lamented by even senior Ministers of Government.
Amnesty International is also keenly looking at our reports of torture
meted out to our activists.
There has been violation of lockdown regulations by the leadership in the BDP led by the President who is not embarrassed, and who ashamedly goes on his third quarantine and sees that as okay; Now imagine if any essential services employee had gone for their third quarantine, that’s more than one month of being indoors at this critical time of our hour of need. All these happenings point to Nation in crisis.
In conclusion we call upon the BDP government to start taking the
Nation seriously, to start taking actionable steps in fighting the
cancerous corruption eating away at our economy and stability and to
start realizing that the Nation is heading for a crash landing if we do not change course. And that we can’t continue like this when we are faced with imminent economic crisis and possible job cuts. This is the time for leadership to emerge and for our country to resume its long held place in the league of great Nations but so far everything is going south!
Biggie Ganda Butale
President of the Botswana Patriotic Front