The opposition Botswana Congress Party (BCP) has termed President Ian Khama a failure after his five years in office.
Addressing the media this week, BCP leader Dumelang Saleshando noted that Khama has failed to lead the country hence many failures and challenges during his tenure.
He stressed that five years after President Khama assumed office Botswana is in a sad state.
He said for the first time after independence, the younger generation was getting a taste of how life must have been during the colonial era and in the early days of the country’s independence.
“Basic supply of water is not guaranteed and many have to travel long distances to get a bath, notwithstanding the fact that the country has invested huge amounts in building dams.
Power supply is also not assured, even though the country has paid P11 billion invoice to put up a power supply station.
We continue to cross our fingers that our neighbours will come to our rescue with the supply of both water and electricity,” said Saleshando.
He went on to lambast Khama stating that he made empty promises and ignored job creation but instead chose to place emphasis on temporary poor quality jobs in the form of Ipelegeng.
Saleshando said while labour intensive public works to alleviate the economic desperation faced by the poor is accepted globally, it is never regarded as a job creation scheme.
“President Khama through his various States of the Nation addresses refers to Ipelegeng statistics to give an indication of the extent to which his government has created jobs.
At paragraph 28 of the 2009 state of the Nation Address, President Khama in reference to Ipelegeng stated that since its inception in 2008, the estimated monthly employment created through Ipelegeng has averaged 38,000 for the entire country.
Subsequent addresses also refer to the Ipelegeng figures as proof of job creation.
BDP Secretary General Mpho Balopi noted that it wasn’t surprising for the BCP leader to be attacking Khama.
He said it was normal practice for Botswana opposition parties to attack the BDP leadership without bringing forth their replacement plans.
Balopi went on to admit that Khama has gone through failures which he attributed to global recession.
He said: “You will remember that when Khama came into office he was met with economic recession and it was not easy but he has managed to pull through all that.
He had plans as they say but some were hindered by the recession problem which if you remember well had emptied Government coffers and a lot of projects had to be put aside.
Opposition can continue to criticize but they should at the same realize that we receive praises from international organisations.”