Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) members should not rest on their laurels under the guise that the opposition is a toothless bulldog, President Lieutenant General Dr. Seretse Khama Ian Khama has said. Khama made this rare admission when opening the 37th national congress of the party in Tonota on Friday. “Democrats, however, should not be complacent on the basis that the opposition is incompetent, unpatriotic and power hungry,” Khama took a swipe at the opposition, warning that it has got the capacity of leading the country astray. According to Khama, the inherent instability that characterises all opposition parties in this country points to their track record of a lack of harmony, knowledge and ability within their ranks and files to govern. Due to the fact that the opposition remains vulnerable to internal dissension and, as “preachers of the book of lies”, Batswana can only imagine the kind of chaos Botswana would experience should they find themselves in government. “Batswana with their government led by the BDP have invested too much in building the kind of country we have today and we cannot afford an opposition in government that will inflict damage on all and sundry due to a blind preoccupation with positions, personal interest and deceit,” he said. He said Batswana must be wary of the opposition parties that not only lack a blueprint for governing but cooperate simply because no single opposition party can match the ruling BDP on its own.
Botswana National Front (BNF), Botswana Peoples’ Party (BPP), Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) and recently the Botswana Congress Party (BCP) have joined forces under the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC). Khama reminded the opposition that power must not be the end unto itself but rather an opportunity for public service for the betterment of the welfare of the nation and its citizenry. “Besides issuing baseless threats to prosecute everyone ever associated with the BDP government, the opposition has failed to provide a single idea on how they can resolve the challenges which, we as the BDP are able to address,” he said. On the contrary, Khama said the opposition simply magnifies and gloats about the same challenges, as a cheap way of generating political capital. He said the opposition is frustrated at their own incompetence and failings for their inability to persuade the nation to vote for it. Moeti Mohwasa, UDC spokesperson dismissed Khama’s attacks on the opposition, as mere “politicking.” He said the opposition has made and will still be making a lot of sacrifices in ensuring that democratic principles are adhered to.