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Botswana: Minister Morwaeng Responds to Midweek Sun Article

Gaborone — Following an article carried by the Midweek Sun of May the 5, 2020, title Workers Union fed up with BDP, warn other political parties, the Minister for Presidential Affairs, Governance and Public Administration, Mr Kabo Morwaeng has responded to the article.

Below is the full text of his response;

“I have taken note of an article carried by the Midweek Sun of the 5th May, 2020, titled Workers’ Unions fed up with BDP, warn other political parties, attributed to Botswana Federation of Public Private and Parastatal Sector Unions (BOFEPUSU) President, Johannes Tshukudu.

The remarks attributed to Mr Tshukudu are factually incorrect and misleading.

To suggest that His Excellency, Dr. Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi and his government have failed to live up to the pledge of cultivating cordial working relations with the labour movement, as made during the 2019 General Elections, lacks merit.

Indeed, His Excellency has committed to leading a consultative and transparent government, and he regularly engages key stakeholders, including trade unions, on pertinent issues of national interest, in both his official and private capacities.

After his inauguration in 2019, among his first key stakeholder meetings, His Excellency met with union leaders.

Additionally, when constituting the COVID-19 Task Force, trade unions were included as key components of the team, with Mr Tshukudu and Mr Martin Gabobake representing BOFEPUSU and BFTU, respectively.

Over and above that, ever since coming into office, I have had frequent cordial and fruitful meetings with trade union leaders.