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The BDP is not prepared or capable of bringing a new Botswana

SHARE   |   Thursday, 10 October 2019   |   By Statement By Phenyo Butale, Ap Secretary-general
Butale Butale

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

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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

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issued by BOCONGO more than three weeks ago. It is therefore our view that the BDP is not

prepared for the debate.

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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contemptuous politics of the ruling elite of the BDP, characterised by career politicians clinging on

to power.

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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.

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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



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