The ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) has rejected proposal by Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) on the financial problems besieging BCL Enterprises, holding company for BCL and Tati Nickel Mines. Briefing the media, BDP Secretary General Botsalo Ntuane and his deputy Shaw Kgathi dismissed UDC suggestion for a dialogue as just a pie in the sky. “Evidently we are in the season of political grandstanding if the recent antics of UDC are anything to go by. They have sought to cash some political brownie points from the problems engulfing BCL Mine in Phikwe,” hit out Ntuane.
In their recent press briefing UDC Secretary General Ndaba Gaolathe has suggested that they should be a national dialogue on how BCL can be helped from the current situation they found themselves in.
He said that the current financial problems coupled with the slump in commodity prices might lead to loss of employment for more than 4000 BCL workers and cripple the economy. In their hard hitting response BDP through Ntuane said that there was nothing the UDC can do to assist. “They cannot offer any financial guarantees, tax exceptions, loan guarantees or any form of bailout which is what the BDP government has been doing every time BCL finds itself in distress,” he said.
On what government is doing to help the sinking BCL Mine, Kgathi who is also the Minster of Defence, Justice and Security said that the Minister of Mineral, Energy and Water Resources Kitso Mokaila has presented a proposal to cabinet on how they can rescue the mine. “Minister Mokaila has recently briefed cabinet on the findings of the experts who were appointed to find out what could have led to the problems that BCL finds itself in,” he said.