Today’s indication that President Rre Masisi will not be participating in tomorrow’s first
Presidential debate hosted by BOCONGO does not augur well for building a culture of public
discourse. The decision is communicated rather late in the day, citing prior engagements
arrangements, which arrangements his office could have made known when the invitation was
issued by BOCONGO more than three weeks ago. It is therefore our view that the BDP is not
prepared for the debate.
It is clear that the BDP record of broken promises, corruption and unemployment cannot stand up
to the scrutiny of a sound debate. The barren offer of the BDP ahead of this year’s election will be
made abundantly clear. They do not have a vision for the future and have no plan to deliver clean
governance, a growing economy and fair access to land.
AP President, Ndaba Gaolathe, is looking forward to making the case of a new Botswana at
tomorrow’s public discourse. We are confident that Ndaba Gaolathe will demonstrate that the AP
should be trusted political formation of our time, able to take our country forward. The AP has the
plans to combat corruption, create jobs and provide access to land for everyone.
Botswana’s new government needs honesty, decency and respect, values that the BDP does not
appear to value or cherish. The time has come for Botswana to reject the tired, empty and
contemptuous politics of the ruling elite of the BDP, characterised by career politicians clinging on
Botswana needs a new government, youthful in nature yet with the experience, skills and capacity
to realise a new Botswana for our generation and generations to come.
We look forward to seeing President Masisi next week Wednesday when Radio Botswana and
Botswana Television hold the second presidential debate.
Statement by Phenyo Butale, AP Secretary-General