BOMU and Rakhudu too close for comfort!

This week, our sister publication reported that the Botswana Musicians Union (BOMU) took a stand to campaign for Assistant Minister of Trade and Industry Keletso Rakhudu in the coming general elections.

We do not have a problem with unions dabbling in politics but the resolution taken by the BOMU leadership is nothing but dubious. If this is a stand adopted during their Annual General Meeting (AGM) the resolution should be binding but in this case it is not clear. The Botswana Federation of Public Sector Unions (BOFEPUSU) also took a similar position during its inaugural congress to support the like-minded politicians.  So the issue here is not so much about the principle of unionism and politics. In BOMU’s case there is a serious conflict of interest.

It is not  clear if these actions amount to a trade of sorts; ‘scratch my back, I will scratch yours’ at a personal level. The closeness of the BOMU leadership and the particular minister is a cause for concern. The BOMU president Bafana ‘Phempherethe’ Pheto of Lekunutu le Morena fame is a resident of Gaborone North constituency, same area as Minister Rakhudu. 

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