Mmegi Online :: Joina wants social democratic parties to unite
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Joina wants social democratic parties to unite

FRANCISTOWN: Leader of MELS Movement, Themba Joina has called on all social democratic parties to re-unite to resist the onslaught from the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP).
By Staff Writer Fri 01 Jul 2016, 00:58 am (GMT +2)
Mmegi Online :: Joina wants social democratic parties to unite








In a statement about the recent general elections, Joina said scientific socialists and progressives should rally behind his party to wage serious war against neo-colonialism and capitalism. He said that the programme of petty-bourgeois parties must be exposed through public education.

"MELS must realise that it is on its own, however, it must accept genuine allies that cannot attempt to compromise its programme. Intellectuals who criticise us as political analysts must be left alone. Our duty is to protect them and allow them more freedom, however we must keep focused on our task - so far history shows that we are on the right track as workers begin to realise that we are their party," said Joina.

He stated that opposition social democratic parties in the country are at their weakest and their leaders are purchasable. "They are not going anywhere; they are helping the BDP to remain in office. We need more cadres to sacrifice their time for the party."

Joina indicated that if they do not work hard, the BDP may consolidate its gains by recruiting from the demoralised Botswana National Front (BNF) and Botswana Congress Party (BCP). He said the BCP machinery is likely to collapse because their Western allies may lose interest in them as the BDP consolidates. He said the other factor that may lead to the collapse of the BCP is that "they were just prepared to take over BDP programmes and implement them". 

He accused the BCP of lacking proper ideological guidance. He said the strength of the BDP lies in the nature of the BNF and the BCP. He

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said the more the BCP and BNF exist, the stronger the BDP becomes. He called on all workers, youth, women and peasants to isolate the BDP, BNF and BCP and rally behind MELS.

Joina said all opposition parties in Botswana, except MELS, are guided by a social democratic programme, which he said is a variety of bourgeois ideology. He said the BDP leader, President Ian Khama, unlike his predecessors, has recognised the programme and started pushing it and thereby rendering the BNF irrelevant. "Coupled with its poor leadership style, the BNF centre collapsed and both BCP and BDP benefited. While based on the social democratic programme, the BCP is a bit on the right of the programme, as a result it also gained traditional BDP rural vote."

Joina said the BDP only increased its popular vote by 3.07 percent because the opposition vote is intact. He said the BCP gains are losses for the BNF. He said that it is clear the BCP is not providing an alternative programme, but merely wants to be the main opposition.

"The failure of the BCP to make working relationship with BNF is denying Batswana an opportunity to be ruled by a party guided by the social democratic programme," said Joina.

He said imperialists had a hand in the BNF break that gave birth to the BCP and that is why its is difficult for the two parties to work together. He said BCP only dreams of toppling the BNF.

In the last elections, MELS fielded only four parliamentary candidates and two council contestands. All of them lost.

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