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Botswana opposition accuses ruling party of ruining economy

The main opposition Botswana National Front (BNF) on Wednesday accused the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) of mismanaging the economy and subjecting the nation to what it called socio-economic suffering.In a statement, BNF spokesperson Justin Hunyepa said thousands of unemployed youths are roaming the streets.

“There is serious shortage of land and the nation is in a worse off situation while well-known businessmen and President Ian Khama’s family own huge chunks of land,” Hunyepa said.

He added: “The state of the education system is at its worst levels as thousands of students have been failing and thrown into the streets by the uncaring BDP government.”

According to Hunyepa, public sector workers have gone for years without meaningful salary increments and the BDP government is fuelling divisions and is at the centre of the poor labour relations.

“Corruption, nepotism and favouritism characterise the BDP misrule. The rich are getting richer while the poor are pushed down into the worst poverty. But the country is well endowed with natural resources like minerals, tourism, solar energy, agriculture, etc.”

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