Public sector federation BOFEPUSU has entered the political fray calling on public servants in Goodhope-Mabule to punish the Minister for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, Eric Molale, at the polls in the Saturday by-election. The people of Goodhope-Mabule go for elections on Saturday (August 15) to elect a new member of parliament following the controversial resignation of the 2014 winner James Mathokgwane.
BOFEPUSU deputy secretary general Ketlhalefile Motshegwa told The Patriot on Sunday midweek that they have a bold, clear and unapologetic message that Molale must be "impressively rejected". He said Molale remains a historical and long-time adversary and tormentor of workers. "His persecution of workers dates back as far back as his time as Permanent Secretary in Ministry of Local Government, then as Permanent Secretary to the President (PSP) under Mogae administration and he got even worse under the Khama administration," said Motshegwa.
Motshegwa said upon assumption of the post of PSP under the current administration Molale toured the country bullying public servants in a very strong language that borders on abuse. The federation blames the poor conditions of service and poor salaries for workers, and the moral decay in public service on Molale's hard line stance against public servants. "He is the reason why the public service is populated with incompetent top civil servants bordering on appointments not based on merit and this has robbed the nation of being served by meritorious and estimable top public servants," he said.
He continued; "Rre Molale happened to be one of the architects of Government antagonism of public servants and trade unions that led to the 2011 strike. During the strike he abused the national television to attack workers when they were duly exercising their rights in demand for better conditions of service and welfare. When he was P.S.P he shunned all possibilities of social dialogue to meet the Federation to discuss significant issues bordering on public service and broader Industrial relations.
He alone shoulder the bulk of the poor and confrontational state of labour relations in this country that threaten the stability of the country. Now the Goodhope-Mabule elections are just a moment for workers to put Molale to pay for his sins unto them. This elections represent judgement day for Molale to account for all that he has been to the workers of this Country".
Motshegwa said in rejecting Molale at the polls, the workers will be conveying a clear message to the nation and the world that leaders who are discourteous, arrogant, unaccountable deserve no place in public office. "Our Country for purpose of good governance and democracy deserve leaders who comprehend that leadership is servanthood, that leaders bear responsibility and accountability to the nation, the kind of leaders who ooze humility and civility to the people.
Should Molale win despite his type of conduct and attitude towards workers, then as a nation we will be like sanctioning that type of leadership credentials. People have a role to craft and set a leadership compass for leaders so that leaders truly understand how to relate with people. This will also send a strong message to other politicians that they must have so much regard and respect for workers as they are fundamental in creation of wealth and development of this country. Workers and people of Goodhope Mabule are presented with an opportunity to be heroes and heroins in conveying this message," said Motshegwa.