Founder of the Umbrella for Batswana (UB), Dylan Washington Taylor, said the notion of a democratic Botswana is a myth.
The democratic processes in Botswana are well established and most might even say the envy of Africa. However, Taylor believes the assessment of a functioning democracy extends well beyond that.
The one glaring feature of Botswana’s democracy is the fact that the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) has been in power since it was established by the legendary Seretse Khama.
He was the country’s Head of State from 1965 until 1980.
Khama’s son Ian was Botswana’s President from 2008 to 2018. Prior to that he was the Commander of the Botswana Defence Force and subsequently served as Deputy President for ten years.
In the eyes of Taylor, the BDP has become an establishment that has successfully infiltrated every sector of that country. He used a stronger term for it though – dictatorship.
“The BDP Government buys opposition leaders using corrupt government tenders and bribes; and then turns those leaders into fake traitor opposition leaders who mislead opposition followers and break opposition parties deliberately so that BDP can continue winning,” said Taylor, whose party slogan is to “Make Botswana Great for the First Time”.
This despite the existence of stable government, a functional and effective lawmaking body and a thriving economy. Taylor does not buy into that though.
“Apparently this unethical practice has been going on for a long time keeping BDP in power for the past 52 years (the longest in Africa),” added Taylor.
His goal is quite simple, really – to unite opposition parties in Botswana. The jury is out on whether that plan is gathering any traction.
The biggest opposition coalition in the country Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) is already breaking apart, one big faction has left and formed a party called Alliance for Progressive (AP) and this breakage probably guarantees that BDP is going to win the upcoming elections.
“The reason why opposition leaders and media of Botswana are shutting down his JAOPPPE idea is that they don’t want the majority of Batswana to know about it, because if Batswana knew about it they would insist on it to be implemented, opposition would unite and win, but unfortunately opposition traitor leaders don’t want that to happen,” added Taylor, who then goes on to make a series of more serious allegations against the current administration.
“Currently many Batswana don’t vote anymore because they see no point in it. The ruling BDP has also made clear its intentions to rig the upcoming elections by forcing Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) to be used against Batswana’s will.”
“Batswana are stuck in dictatorship but their country is falsely applauded overseas as the most democratic in Africa. All in all Botswana’s democracy is worse than that of Zimbabwe because although Mugabe’s ZANU-PF has been allegedly rigging elections but at least they have been facing real opposition (Tsvangirai’s MDC) but in Botswana it appears that BDP has been facing fake opposition all the way meaning easy win and no need to rig.”