MP Lucas Decries Btv Snub


Bobonong legislator, Taolo Lucas has come out with guns blazing against the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) administration after he was denied coverage by state broadcaster Botswana Television (Btv).

Lucas expressed shock after both the Btv Setswana and English Friday bulletins omitted his presentation at Kgotla meetings held at Mabolwe and Semolale in his constituency. The meetings were hosted by President Mokgweetsi Masisi along with some ministers and senior government officials. Lucas, who has on more than one occasion bemoaned failure by the public broadcaster to cover his events, is aggrieved that he was snubbed in his own constituency. “When Btv reported the President's address in the two villages, they decided to feature Minister [of Defence, Justice and Security] Kagiso Mmusi and Specially Elected legislator and Assistant Minister for Agriculture Beauty Manake who hails from this part of the country. I was not covered in that bulletin. Surely my exclusion was inappropriate from whatever angle you seek to look at it.

As MP for the area, I was the host and for all intents and purposes an embodiment of the aspirations of the constituents who elected me into office. I, as MP, best appreciate and I am better able to articulate the concerns of my constituency,” he said. Lucas said his exclusion is not only disrespectful towards the people who voted for him, but also a serious affront to the principles of representative democracy. “For Btv to spite me in favour of some 'specially elected' MP borders on insult. I was not at all surprised by the turn of events as I have suffered a similar fate before. Masisi's administration has no integrity. Deceit, deception, pettiness and delinquency are abounding in their modus operandi,” he said.

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