Botswana Democratic Party’s (BDP) Secretary General, Botsalo Ntuane has objected to an impression, he says has been illuminated in the press to portray his party’s government as illegitimate.
The former Member of Parliament (MP) for Bonnington South constituency said there has been a pattern wherein the media, “fed by opposition party propagandists,” has portrayed the 46% popular vote harvested by the BDP in the 2014 general election to somewhat signify the lack of legitimacy of its government.
Ntuane further said that, “contrary to propaganda, the BDP runs a legitimately elected government that enjoys a healthy majority in parliament that enables us to enact laws, govern unencumbered, and run a single party government.”
He described the issue as gaining popular currency in certain sections of the media, without any sign that it will let down any time soon. He further said that in a way it is designed to imply that the 46% share of the popular vote renders BDP somewhat unpopular.
He further asserted that “there is nothing out of this world about attaining less than 50% so long as a party is able to govern effectively and has the right numbers in local government”.
“The BDP attained 46% popular vote, all of a sudden everyone was telling us that the sky is falling and that it is the end of everything,” he said.
Ntuane continued further, “so much song and dance has been made about the fact that in 2014 our share of the popular vote dipped below 50% and for our detractors that renders us somewhat illegitimate and unpopular. Like earlier mentioned, this is self-serving propaganda that makes the opposition feel better when the reality is that they have failed to dislodge the BDP in 50 years.”
He also continued to state this in itself constitutes failure of historic proportions on the part of our opposition.
Ntuane further gave examples of 10 countries including Israel, Sweden, India, Malawi, Lesotho, United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand as well as Mauritius which he said ruling parties have obtained far below the 50% popular-vote in general elections between 2014 and 2015 but are strongly in power. He said that while Israel’s Likud party amassed 23.4% in 2015 it is notwithstanding a senior coalition partner in government.
Ntuane also continued to say that: “no one in the countries cited speaks the kind of language we hear in Botswana about the 50% watermark.”He also said that the claim that opposition is more popular than BDP is another example of self-serving propaganda.
He further dismissed opposition parties 53% share of the popular vote saying there is no party called opposition in the country because the opposition popular vote is split between different parties.
“So this notion that you can conflate the separate figures into one common denominator and claim that there is a party called opposition is not true. If there was a party called opposition with a 53% share of popular vote, they will be in power,” Ntuane said.
He also said that while it is not to say that his party is happy with its share of the popular vote however, “the debate over the 50% should be brought to an end once and for all.”
Umbrella for Democratic Change and Botswana Congress Party attained 30% and 20% respectively while independent candidates attained 3% in the last general election.
Minister of Presidential Affairs, Governance and Public Administration, Kabo Morwaeng together with Permanent Secretary to the President (PSP) Elias Magosi, this week refused to name and shame the worst performing Ministries and to disclose the best performing Ministries since beginning of 12th parliament including the main reasons for underperformance.
Of late there have been a litany of complaints from both ends of the aisle with cabinet members accused of providing parliament with unsatisfactory responses to the questions posed. In fact for some Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) backbenchers a meeting with the ministers and party leadership is overdue to address their complaints. Jwaneng-Mabutsane MP, Mephato Reatile is also not happy with ministers’ performance.
Bokamoso Private Hospital is battling a P10 million legal suit for a botched fibroids operation which resulted in a woman losing an entire womb and her prospects of bearing children left at zero.
The same suit has also befallen the Attorney General of Botswana who is representing the Ministry of Health and Wellness for their contributory negligence of having the unlawful removal of a patient, Goitsemang Magetse’s womb.
According to the court papers, Magetse says that sometimes in November 2019, she was diagnosed with fibroids at Marina Hospital where upon she was referred to Bokamoso Private Hospital to schedule an appointment for an operation to remove the fibroids, which she did.
Magetse continues that at the instance of one Dr Li Wang, the surgeon who performed the operation, and unknown to her, an operation to remove her whole womb was conducted instead. According to Magetse, it was only through a Marina Hospital regular check-up that she got to learn that her whole womb has been removed.
“At the while she was under the belief that only her fibroids have been removed. By doing so, the hospital has subjected itself to some serious delictual liability in that it performed a serious and life changing operation on patient who was under the belief that she was doing a completely different operation altogether. It thus came as a shock when our client learnt that her womb had been removed, without her consent,” said Magetse’s legal representatives, Kanjabanga and Associates in their summons.
The letter further says, “this is an infringement of our client‘s rights and this infringement has dire consequences on her to the extent that she can never bear children again”. ‘It is our instruction therefore, to claim as we hereby do, damages in the sum of BWP 10,000,000 (ten million Pula) for unlawful removal of client’s womb,” reads Kanjabanga Attorneys’ papers. The defendants are yet to respond to the plaintiff’s papers.
What are fibroids?
Fibroids are tumors made of smooth muscle cells and fibrous connective tissue. They develop in the uterus. It is estimated that 70 to 80 percent of women will develop fibroids in their lifetime — however, not everyone will develop symptoms or require treatment.
The most important characteristic of fibroids is that they’re almost always benign, or noncancerous. That said, some fibroids begin as cancer — but benign fibroids can’t become cancer. Cancerous fibroids are very rare. Because of this fact, it’s reasonable for women without symptoms to opt for observation rather than treatment.
Studies show that fibroids grow at different rates, even when a woman has more than one. They can range from the size of a pea to (occasionally) the size of a watermelon. Even if fibroids grow that large, we offer timely and effective treatment to provide relief.
The Alliance for Progressives (AP) President Ndaba Gaolathe has said that despite major accolades that Botswana continues to receive internationally with regard to the state of economy, the prospects for the future are imperilled.
Delivering his party Annual Policy Statement on Thursday, Gaolathe indicated that Botswana is in a state of do or die, and that the country’s economy is on a sick bed. With a major concern for poverty, Gaolathe pointed out that almost half of Botswana’s people are ravaged by or are about to sink into poverty. “Our young people have lost the fire to dream about what they could become,” he said.