Gaborone - President Mokgweetsi Masisi has accused opposition parties of engaging in a conspiracy with unnamed foreign national to effect regime change.
Addressing the media upon his arrival from the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Summit of Heads of State and Government held in Kenya last week, Masisi said the decision to question the outcome of the 23 October poll was akin to questioning the integrity of the country’s governance.
“It’s no longer about Masisi, it’s not about BDP (Botswana Democratic Party), it is the integrity of our institutions,” he said.
Masisi, whose ruling BDP) won 38 seats out the 58 constituencies, said: “It is also a disparaging questioning, particularly by those external forces aided by all those internal, for whatever reasons, who were injured by the outcome of the elections.”
Masisi said the decision to question the outcome of the election results was not only disparaging to the country’s institutions but to the people of Botswana.
“It’s the most debilitating expression of disparaging conduct, condescending and extremely patronising. It is a questioning of our integrity as a sovereign nation state because we have our laws and governance. Starting with the basic law because these elections were not conducted with the basis of the electoral act they were conducted with the basis of the constitution that we have always used,” said Masisi.
“You have to ask yourself why this time. Where are we getting this creativity of discovering the flaws in a constitution that has not been altered? Where do we get this incredible ridiculousness of questioning the legitimacy of our electoral law that has not been altered since the last elections and the IEC (Independent Electoral Commission) has not been altered?”
Masisi also took a swipe at leader of the opposition Duma Boko party, whose coalition, the Umbrella for Democratic Change, has filed more than 16 petitions before the High Court. Boko recently addressed a press conference in South Africa where he claimed the 2019 general elections were rigged.
“Isn’t it curious that you also need to travel to a neighbouring country and you sought to stir and cause instability on the basis of imaginations that have been very difficult to evidence even in the face of forensic capacities by some as they proclaimed,” said Masisi.
“So think through these things, who are you, what do they mean for you as a Motswana. What is this intended for?”
Masisi said throughout the campaign, he and his party had argued that they would not put up Botswana for sale.
“It’s no longer for sale because if the sale was to be had, it was during election time. Now that they didn’t succeed because everything is going to be in shambles, the objective of grabbing this country has got to be met by a sale,” he said.
Masisi said Batswana need to ask themselves as citizens what the motive of other citizens who subscribe to such motives were.
“Please go and ask them; what do they want to do. What are they thinking of us. Why is the world only perfect when they do things? Where do they get this hyper super intellect and competence?”
He added that “Also what you need to look at as Batswana is to look at characters that these people associate themselves with.”