FRANCISTOWN South MP, Wynter Mmolotsi is a firm believer in not forgetting where you come from.
A former teacher, Mmolotsi assured teachers at the Botswana Teachers’ Union (B.T.U) elective congress in Francistown recently that he was their man in parliament .
“Unlike other former teachers who go to parliament and completely forget that they were at one point teachers like yourselves.
Unfortunately or fortunately I don’t think I belong to that category of teachers.”
These are the words of Francistown South parliamentarian Wynter Mmolotsi during the Botswana Teachers’ Union (B.T.U) elective congress held in Francistown recently.
“ am free to come here and say I used to be a teacher , am an MP and am l your chief spokesperson in parliament,” said Mmolotsi in the background of cheers and applause from an auditorium full of teachers.
After his departure from the classroom more than a decade ago, the MP who is also the Secretary General of the Botswana Movement of Democracy (BMD) was jolly happy to be reunited with B.T.U.
“I wish to pay my heartfelt tribute to those who led this movement during those very difficult times.
Times when trade unionism was called bokgananyane, but some people were brave to stand up for the rights of the people.”
“MP who has been very v I note with admiration their sacrifices and those are the people that should I take over as President of the Republic one day , I will remember a lot,” continued the former teacher.
He went on to castigate the conditions of the teachers as still appalling and government dragging it’s feet to address them.
“ some of us who were in this noble profession long before some of you have been complaining of these things when some of you still in primary school or secondary school.
This is why we are saying it is taking too long for government to respond to the needs of teachers,” highlighted the Francistown South legislator.
“when I was posted to Marang junior secondary school I was accommodated in a caravan.
I was better off than my friend who was made to share a two bed roomed house with a married couple,” he related.
Since being elected to parliament in 2009 Mmmolotsi said, “ one of my priorities was to ensure the voice of the teacher was heard in the National Assembly of Botswana.
And I have lived to my word, the Ministry of Education has never been so busy. Ask Deputy Permanent Secretary Rre Tlhoiwa how they are running around looking for answers for me.”
Mmolotsi said he deliberately turned himself into a ghost at the ministry of education. “so each time they go to sleep and wake up I haunt them with these questions.”
In his speech the MP read out some of the questions he had asked in parliament pertaining to the conditions of service of teachers.
“ I wake everyday hoping to get good news about your conditions of service from government,” stressed Mmolotsi.