A Botswana National Front Councillor has challenged former President, Festus Mogae to think of decent and better poverty eradication initiatives than commercial sex work.
Addressing a political rally in Old Naledi recently, councillor Molatedi Selala of Thamaga West said that instead of suggesting humiliating commercial sex work for the disadvantaged , a world renowned economist of Mogae’s calibre should be advising the ruling party on more decent and better alternatives for economic diversification.
“It seems that all Mogae can think about these days is sex trade, which he says must be legalised. The unfortunate thing is that this is the very person who should instead be advising President Khama on serious possible investments instead. In fact there are many unemployment solutions that he could possibly come up with if only he could take his mind off the sex trade a little bit,” Selala said
He argued that since Mogae has not mentioned who the potential buyers in the sex trade are going to be, he (Selala) would suggest that the former president should become the first in the queue to buy sex, should his wish to have it legalised be answered.
“When you encourage someone to start a business it means you are sure of the demand and If a man is crying out to the cooks to make fat cakes, it means he has the hunger and once they are made he would be the first customer,” Selala said.
The councillor who has strong views against the decriminalisation of sex work was yet another voice among many who have slammed Mogae for advocating for the legalisation of
commercial sex work.
Selala also used the platform to slam president Ian Khama for not speaking out against Mogae’s suggestions to decriminalise prostitution.
“If President Ian Khama was in disagreement with the sex work initiative, he would have voiced his objection by now, so his silence must mean consent” the councillor told his Old Naledi audience.
“Whenever Khama flies over Old Naledi and looks down from the Chopper, what he sees is multitudes of servants roaming his father’s farm.
He thinks your township is his father’s farm. That is why he makes you cut the grass in the streets and pays you peanuts,” Selala stated, making a reference to Ipelegeng, a drought relief programme which attracts below the minimum wage remunerations for cleaning the streets and cutting grass on the road side.
Another BNF member, Mephato Reatile, who is a Member of Parliament for Ngwaketse West told the people to make smart choices when they vote for political leaders because BDP was running out of ideas and sex was seemingly the only subject that mattered to them.
Not long ago Mogae told the BBC news that Botswana needed to decriminalize homosexuality and prostitution to prevent the spread of HIV.
For that statement Mogae, a respected HIV/AIDS activist has been hauled over hot coals by a section of the society which frowns upon homosexuality and commercial sex work.