Last week we discussed the unfortunate, irresponsible, unwise and reckless behaviour of opposition members who have developed a sorry tendency of not voting in Parliament. Such behaviour cannot be tolerated. It is absurd and lack maturity! Whilst the discussion regarding the State of the nation address continues I have opted to also look at the matter that if not addressed shall not go away. The Botswana Democratic Party should address this tendency since it is the one continually practicing it habitually and worse enough, without a sign of remorse, recompose or shame.
The return of Eric Molale to the national assembly as specially elected Member of Parliament after he had resigned from the same position to contest for the Goodhope – Mabule constituency cannot be left unchallenged. Eric Molale was beaten at the polls without mercy by Kgosi Lotlaamoreng II of the Botswana National Front, an Umbrella for Democratic Change affiliate member. He was rejected by the electorates on many grounds amongst those being that he is anti-workers and that he is arrogant.
Arrogance should not be allowed near public administration. Public management needs the very best of humility. Quite often we find people too drunk with power that they fail to realise the basic needs of the nation. By mentioning being drunk with power I hope I will not be seen to be saying that Eric Molale is too drunk to be within the structures of public management. It is worse and pathetic when such a person is given an opportunity to run public service when they are already not only burnt out but largely arrogant. The people, including many BDP faithfuls were simply saying it loud and clear in Goodhope – Mabule that Eric Molale is too arrogant and pompous to be sellable.
Returning him back to the national assembly by hook or crook despite the murmurs of disapproval is an unforgivable sin that will not only haunt the ruling BDP but the entire government enclave. The one who harbors arrogance is also a danger to himself and needs to be helped free from such as George Bernard Shaw rightly points out about political arrogance that “He knows nothing; and he thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career.”
One could also wonder if Eric Molale is holding both the ruling BDP and the Government of the day at ransom. Does he have any secrets that the BDP as a ruling party and or the Government cannot afford to simply drop him least he feels left out and starts to behave like those who are no longer in government structures and all of a sudden finding everything wrong with the Government and the presidency? In that case then this country lacks honourable men who can keep state secrets. And surely then this country not only lacks such men but also lacks men who can appreciate that their time to govern is over and desist from shouting from their graves of who is wrong and what should be done.
Most of such people were total failures when they had the opportunity to lead and contribute meaningfully to national development. And if this is the case then Eric Molale is more of a liability. He might want to remain in whatever position he opts for until his death and fear that he should not be made angry shall rule the country instead of the majority party. Well, there is always an option! Or another way is for the BDP to remind him the words of Michael Straczynski that “No dictator, no invader, can hold an imprisoned population by force of arms forever. There is no greater power in the universe than the need for freedom. Against that power, governments and tyrants and armies cannot stand. The Centauri learned this lesson once. We will teach it to them again. Though it might take a thousand years, we will be free”.
There is also another line of argument that could be pursued to try to get to the bottom of this. This line of argument is this that the BDP is saying that the voters are stupid that they are unable to make right choices when given an opportunity to utilise the ballot. This line of thinking can be extended to the notion that when the people do not elect along the lines the BDP prefers, then the BDP shall temper as much as possible to ensure that its interests are protected? This is surely an insult to the voter who has indicated through the ballot that they do not want Eric Molale anywhere near the proximities of their parliament.
Forcing your way to have a political reject in parliament is just far from the perimeters of democracy. It is undemocratic, unfair and unjust. The people vote for a government in a democratic set up so that it may continue such to protect, maintain, sustain and nurture such a democracy. The people do not give away their democratic space when they elect their choice of government. That is why it is ideal for governments to always remember that democracy is not about forcing leaders on people, it is about allowing the people to elect their preferred leaders. This actually reminds me the words of Archibald MacLeish who said that “Democracy is never a thing done. Democracy is always something that a nation must be doing. What is necessary now is one thing and one thing only that democracy becomes again democracy in action, not democracy accomplished and piled up in goods and gold”.
Reports that some cabinet ministers and BDP members of parliament also rejected Eric Molale’s name when it was brought back by President Ian Khama for nomination two weeks ago at a BDP caucus cannot be left unattended to. I cannot dwell on this one and the exact need and important necessity of leaders to listen to advises of those who are there to govern with them. President Khama should have listened to those voices which were concerned that Eric Molale is a liability who has failed an opportunity he was given to represent the ruling BDP at the Goodhope – Mabule constituency bye-election.
They are also reported to have lamented to President Ian Khama that Eric Molale does not even work well with colleagues and fails to cooperate with other cabinet ministers. These voices are key because not only are they torch bearers of the BDP but are important figures in the daily running of the government of Botswana. On this notion I prefer to share the words of Albert Einstein that “All of us who are concerned for peace and triumph of reason and justice must be keenly aware how small an influence reason and honest good will exert upon events in the political field”.
In closing I wish to point out that the nation should also be allowed to pursue another possibility, another school of thought to be precise. Perhaps the BDP is simply communicating with the electorates that it does not have any capable parliament and cabinet material left anymore and it is time to elect a new political establishment that reckons to have that. It will appear the BDP was so keen to communicate that Eric Molale is the only thing left within the BDP circles that qualifies too be a Member of Parliament.
One would have assumed that this will be a good opportunity to at the very most bring one of its political reserves to the front table. This will have been a great opportunity for the BDP to show and signal its capacity of moving Botswana forward with enough quality material even from its reserves. Surely this has not been the case and the signs of being worn out are visibly present and scary! It is not only Eric Molale who was rejected by the people yet forced on them. There is the Minister of Energy, Minerals and Water Resources in Onkokame Mokaila and the Minister of Education and Skills Development in Unity Dow who were both rejected by the voters but found their way to parliament through the window. This is not only throwing insults to the face of the electorates by forcing on them political rejects but it is also the BDP simply showing off its vulnerability.
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