On the 9th May 2020, Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) Central Committee reportedly held a meeting presided over by its President, Dr Erick Mongweetsi Masisi. An occurrence that undermines efforts and measures to fight against COVID-19. This is shameful coming from a ruling party and state President.
Consistent with the message from health officials advising that we limit gatherings under one roof, one would expect all caring and responsible bodies to comply. Gathering of more than 2 people has been outlawed except for meetings of cabinet, Parliament, Council and COVID Task team. There is also a restriction of movement as introduced by the government.
More worrying is that the BDP Central Committee meeting was held at the State House. Use of state property and resources for narrow political interests is outright corruption and clear abuse of office.
Since permits are issued to essential service providers, the question that then arises is how did BDP leaders obtain permits to attend the meeting? This violation of COVID-19 rules by BDP leadership follows another violation by President Masisi. He secretly travelled to Namibia to attend a presidential inauguration when external travel had been banned.
The meeting by the BDP leadership at a time when gatherings are restricted clearly demonstrates lack of commitment to the fight against COVID-19. The failure to utilize technology for such meetings shows that the ruling party is still far from embracing the 4th industrial revolution. This explains their failure to embrace the UDC position of availing tablets to learners.
We request the leadership of various organizations and Batswana in general to focus on the fight against COVID-19, with great abidance to measures as advised by health officials. As UDC we will continue to raise issues of corruption including those related to resources meant for the fight against COVID-19. We will not falter in our responsibility to the people of this Country.
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