BY REGINALD KANYANE
FOUR opposition parties in Botswana will embark on a peaceful march and deliver a petition to the Office of the President on September 17. The organizing committee spokesperson, Moeti Mohaswa said parties like National Front, People’s Party, Movement for Democracy and Congress Party all from Botswana will take part in the protest.
“The intention of the march is to protest against the introduction of the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) without an audit trail and safeguards. The worsening state of affair the education system finds itself in, the high rate of unemployment and the state media bias against the oppositions.
“The march will start at 9am and will be followed up by a rally at 2pm. The starting point for the march is Diswinking Freedom Square (Old Naledi) and the ending point is White City Freedom Square where the rally will be held,” Mohaswa said.
He said the march in Gaborone will be national. Mohashwa added that the members of the four opposition parties from across the country are expect to attend.
“There will be follow-up demonstrations in various regions after Gaborone National March. There will be a march in Mahalapye on September 24, another one in Rakhuna on October 8. The march will spread to Molepolole and Maun on October 15 and in Kalakamati on October 22.
“Another march will be in Selebi Phikwe and Gantsi on November 6, Tsabong and Letlhakane on November 13. The opposition parties’ presidents will be accompanied by central committee members. They are expected to lead the march and address the rally later on.