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Tshireletso warns BDP against empty promises


Assistant Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Botlogile Tshireletso has warned that Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) may lose power in 2019 if substantial developments are not delivered to the people during the 11th parliament.


Debating the budget for the Ministry of Transport and Communications presented by Minister Tshenolo Mabeo, Tshireletso who is Member of Parliament for Mahalapye East said there was a high likelihood that BDP would have lost Mahalapye East had it fielded somebody else to contest the constituency.


She said only her charisma saved the party after a number of projects were not delivered in the last parliament despite promises given to the constituency. “I had to go to my constituents and plead with them to understand the economic situation of that time,” she said. “It’s only that they love me but if it was somebody else they would have voted for another candidate,” she added.


Tshireletso said with the economic situation now back to normal, there is no excuse not to deliver on developments, and especially on roads they had long been promised. In an unusual gesture, Tshireletso accused government of doing injustice to her constituents, warning that 2019 could prove fatal if nothing is done. “I want to leave a legacy and have something to show that I have done for my constituents,” said Tshireletso. She was swift to however hint that she does not necessarily mean she is quitting as MP in 2019.


Tshireletso decried unequal distribution of developments and noted that some constituencies are way ahead of others.


She said promises should be delivered, lest people lost confidence in the current government and vote for those promising to do better. “Just like women, if another man approaches them and promises to diligently take care of them, they will fall for that man,” she said. “So like a husband vying for his wife to not look elsewhere, we need to do the same for our people as the ruling party,” added the charismatic MP.


Tshireletso garnered 4,406 against 2,479 of Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC)’s Harry Mothei, while Ernest Nthobelang of Botswana Congress Party (BCP) got 1,147, and an independent candidate Neo Magowe was voted by 1,053 people. Despite this result Tshireletso said she was worried that the possibility of losing the constituency was still there since a lot of promised road projects were not delivered during the last parliament.


Minister Mabeo had announced in his budget proposal to parliament that P809 million will be allocated to road projects. Tshireletso wanted her constituency to be given priority this financial year owing to the fact that the road design is already there, only awaiting construction to begin.

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