As the showdown between the five public sector unions and the employer intensified on Wednesday with both parties going for broke, the unions under the umbrella of BOFEPUSU pointed an angry and accusing finger for the government’s refusal to bend to the workers’ demand for a 16% salary hike squarely on president Khama’ shoulders
After the Union outrightly rejected the 3% offered by Government in fresh negotiations on Wednesday, BOFEPUSO vied for Khama’s head to be on the chopping block. President Khama, the Union said, has so far been the one person making the most unsympathetic and uncompromising statements in several Kgotla meetings so, he must therefore be the one person standing in the way of their demands.
Speaking to The Voice in an interview soon after the collapsed negotiations, BOFEPUSO Publicity Secretary, Goretetse Kekgonegile said, “We have given government until (Thursday) yesterday to have mapped out a workable way forward or President Khama will have to vacate his seat by all means possible.”
Kekgonegile further stated that the Union will however engage with MPs and cabinet ministers before they go ahead with any recommendations from their members who will be the first to be consulted to suggest a way forward.”
Botswana Police Public Relations Officer, Assistant Commissioner, Christopher Mbulawa said that should be any riots any riots the police will be ready as they have always been. “We are ready, but let me just say we will cross that bridge when we get there.”