'The time has come for Botswana to realise its own potential'

The election season in Botswana is underway and political parties are launching their election manifestos.

The country heads to the polls in October and the Alliance for Progressives (AP) has launched its manifesto.

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The launch signals the beginning of the party’s electioneering ahead of people going to the polls.

Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh chats to AP leader Ndaba Gaolathe to unpack his party's plans for the country.

We believe that Botswana and South Africa have a common history and the borders that separate us are very artificial. During the struggle days of South Africa, a lot of your leading politicians lived and lived out their dreams in Botswana. Our economies are intertwined, we share languages and we share cultures.

Ndaba Gaolathe, Leader - Alliance for Progressives

He says the AP has a vision of a Botswana that is a paragon of nation-building and prosperity on the African continent.

A Botswana that builds a robust and diversified economy that generates jobs and high-paying jobs for ordinary people. A Botswana that brings out the best of itself and the best from its people.

Ndaba Gaolathe, Leader - Alliance for Progressives

Gaolathe adds that even though Botswana has done relatively well since its independence, a lot more needs to be done.

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We emanate from a generation that believes that we must not compare ourselves with Africa, we must compare ourselves with absolutely the best on the globe.

Ndaba Gaolathe, Leader - Alliance for Progressives

He says the AP's vision is for Botswana to realise its potential and do better as a people.

The time has come for Botswana to realise its potential. We need to realise that Botswana has deteriorated in ways that the international community is not aware of.

Ndaba Gaolathe, Leader - Alliance for Progressives

Gaolathe says it is important to note that Botswana Democratic Party has been in power since independence and people are hungry for change.

This has been the first time in the history of Botswana that ordinary people on the ground are uncertain as to who will win the next election. That uncertainty alone is major.

Ndaba Gaolathe, Leader - Alliance for Progressives

Listen below to the full interview:


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