The leadership of the Alliance for Progressives (AP), last week ganged up against President Mokgweetsi Masisi, acussing of pulling populist stunts to win the hearts of many unsuspecting voters. The AP leaders took a swipe at Masisi, going as far as to suggest that his new reforms are not genuine policies intended to empower Batswana and steer the country in a positive economic direction.
Theyw ere speaking at a political rally in Boikhutso ward of the Francistown South constituency, attended by deputy president of AP Wynter Mmolotsi, Gaborone Central MP Dr Phenyo Butale, Dr Tambula and Councillor Nyeku among others.
Dr Butale touched on the worst corruption scandal Botswana has ever experienced, which at first saw the disappearance of P 250 million from the national petroleum fund coffers. He said Batswana are now suffering because of the stolen money, as it was intended to offset international fluctuations in fuel prices. Because the monies designed to perform this purpose had been from misappropriated, road users have to bear the brunt by constantly paying higher prices at the petrol pump. The country has experienced a series of fuel price increases in a short interim according to Dr Butale, which would have been averted had money from the NPF not been looted. Dr Butale expressed dismay at why some people consider Masisi's firing of Isaac Kgosi, his recalling of long serving British High Commissioner Roy Blackbeard and the intention to review trading hours of alcohol establishments as a major policy strategy. Dr Butale contends that there are more urgent and pressing national issues to attend to, like job creation and policies to stimulate the economy.
When Wynter Mmolotsi took to the podium, he unleashed strong criticism on the BDP regime and it's leadership. He said Botswana is currently in a state of despair with the standard of livelihood of its citizens constantly deteriorating whilst a handful of BDP legislators corruptly enriched themselves. Mmolotsi expressed shock that Batswana continue to vote for the BDP while the economy of Botswana plummets and the social fabric continues to crumble. Mmolotsi said the primary reason for setting up the alcohol levy was always questionable as there is no tangible achievement of its objectives, despite collecting billions of pula.