The Botswana National Front Youth League (BNFYL) has said it supports the opposition cooperation involving the BNF, Botswana Congress Party (BCP), Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) and Botswana Peoples Party (BPP), but warned that the parties should be cautious to ensure the project succeeds.
In a report to the just ended BNF conference held in Tsabong, which has been leaked to The Monitor, BNFYL president Kagiso Ntime, who read it, told the BNF faithful his league, gives a thumbs-up to the opposition cooperation project, also indicating that it has been a few steps ahead of the mother body in that it worked in concert with other opposition parties’ youth leagues and even sponsored a resolution at the BNF congress in Mochudi last year calling for cooperation talks with other parties.
Though it appreciates the efforts made by the opposition parties which have agreed to work with the umbrella model, the BNFYL the ruling Botswana Democratic Party at the polls, but “should be informed by a detailed political programme with clear policies that can deliver Batswana from the yoke of suffering, poverty, unemployment, dictatorship, economic exploitation and other ills and maladies that the Botswana society currently faces,” reads the report.The BNFYL also warns against power-hungry people who might want to hijack the cooperation project to fulfil their selfish interests.
The cooperation project, urges the league, should be informed by a common desire to uplift the standard of living of Batswana, especially the poor and marginalised sections of society.
“This is where the BNF philosophy becomes key in guiding this initiative. Our anger, as Dr Kenneth Koma used to remind us, should not be anger against individuals in the ruling party, it should instead be anger against the entire BDP system of exploitation. We, therefore, believe that this conference will deliberate extensively and come to a resolution based on the principle of democratic centralism which the BNF strongly believes in,” reads the report in part.
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