The MP for Molepolole South Dr Tlamelo Mmatli left Parliament in stiches when he hit out at his former boss at Botswana Police Edwin Batshu. Debating the just passed Trade Dispute Bill Mmatli - a former police officer - said he does not know what happened to the Minister of Labour and Home Affairs Batshu whom he said he used to be a good leader during their days in the police force.“You used to be a nice leader during our police days but now you appear to be ruthless,” said Mmatli to the laughter of the Parliamentarians.
He said that the Trade Disputes Bill has been enacted by an angry government which is at war with public service workers engaging in an industrial action in 2011. “Why should you make state media workers essential service workers when we cannot access both Radio Botswana and Botswana Television in some parts of the country,” lamented Mmatli. Vice President Mokgweetsi Masisi rubbished Mmatli’s assertion that they were at war with workers, saying the Molepolole South legislator was at war with the truth.
“As the BDP we believe in dialogue and we are not fighting the workers as you want people to believe,” said Masisi. He said that the issue of essential service should not be understood on a dogmatic and pedestrian way. The Trade Dispute Bill according to Masisi was done in good faith and in consultation with all the stakeholders.