The President of the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) Duma Boko has called on President Ian Khama not to sign the electoral amendment bill into law if he wants to leave any legacy in 2018. Addressing members of the press on Monday, Boko said that he hopes that President Khama will acknowledge that proper consultation was not done prior to the introduction of Electoral Voting Machines. “I hope that he will have a lucid interval and refuse to sign the bill into law until proper consultation has been done,” said Boko. He said they should not be surprised if he continues to sign the bill into a law as it is not in the BDP DNA to act fairly and in transparency. He said political storm clouds are gathering and they won’t accept anything that is suspicious.
Should Khama go ahead and sign the bill, Boko said that they will approach the courts of law for intervention and boycott the 2019 General Elections. Boko, who is also the Leader of Opposition, said Khama has created no legacy since becoming Head of state in 2008. “The only legacy that he is leaving is that of distributing blankets and bread which is just patronising Batswana,” he hit out pointing to the deteriorating education system and unemployment. “Since President Khama assumed office unemployment has increased from 16% to more than 20%,” said Saleshando. The opposition will also host a demonstration this weekend against the introduction EVMs and other public concerns.
The Botswana Congress Party (BCP) leader, Dumelang Saleshando said the demonstrations to show those in power that Batswana are not happy at how the country is being run. He said that they intend to submit a petition to the Office of the President about the litany of problems facing the country. Asked if they have got permit from the Botswana Police to demonstrate, Boko said that they hope it will be granted but even if is not there they will continue with the demonstrations. “We don’t need a permit to have a peaceful march. We will go ahead with the demonstration even if they deny us the permit,” he said.