The deafening silence of pressure groups on the 2024 polls

Trade unions have been trying to be torch bearers when it comes to interest group advocacy
Trade unions have been trying to be torch bearers when it comes to interest group advocacy

Trade unions, civil society and special interest groups are conspicuous for their outspoken participation in politics, drumming up government’s attention through the bargaining power of their numbers. Despite an unprecedented notorious record of along the fence political participation, the deafening silence of special interest groups in this year’s election is appalling, their voice as mute as a feather in the wind amid an election year bordered by many hurdles. Mmegi Staffer TIMOTHY LEWANIKA writes

Reminiscing over the 2014 election, pressure groups were seething with anger, fuming and livid with the frustration of their unmet needs under former President Ian Khama’s regime. Trade unions in particular were gatvol with Khama, following the industrial strike of 2011, they were hell-bent at punishing Khama and the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) at the 2014 polls.

So loathsome were the hearts of civil society, labour unions and other pressure groups who felt unseen and undermined by those at the helm of power. The request of the unions to their members was for them to deny the BDP votes in the elections. Ten years later, the once so loud revelers are now quiet as a heart that beats no more, their position unclear despite elections coming up later this year.

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Let’s get the constitutional amendment right

Their concerns highlight the need for meaningful dialogue between government and relevant stakeholders to ensure the best interests of the country are served.This was in addition to other voices from opposition politicians and civil society organisations.The stance underscores the importance of citizen participation in the constitutional amendment process. The AFM rightly assert that such weighty matters demand thorough discussions to reflect the...

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