The results of an opinion poll drawn from a wide sample in four centres across the country have revealed a waning of President, Ian Khama Seretse Khama ‘s popularity as many expressed strong disapproval of the way he has been handling the nation of late.
Out of over 1000 people polled in Selebi-Phikwe, Maun, Gaborone, and Francistown 65% said they strongly disapproved of the way the president was running the country, with many citing their displeasure over his approach to the civil service strike as the main reason for their loss of confidence in the man they formerly loved.
Many of those who strongly disapproved of Khama’ style of leadership said that they felt that his passing of remarks about the ongoing strike at Kgotla meetings in villages instead of facing the unions head to resolve the impasse has brought a sense of anxiety among the citizenry who have been left guessing and worried about when and how the whole stand off between the two concerned parties would end.
Meanwhile the poll has also revealed that the strength of Khama’s Party is varied. In Selebi-Phikwe , where Khama was strongly disapproved of the most,(61%) his party, the BDP lead in popularity with 46% ahead of the BCP, which emerged second with 37% and BMD trailing behind with 17%. There were no takers for the BNF in Phikwe.
Although weak in Selebi-Phikwe ,BMD has however according to the poll made serious inroads in Gaborone where it was shown to be ahead of the pack with a 34.8% approval rating followed by the BCP with 27% and the BDP at 26.8% while 11.4 of those polled said that if the country was to go to the polls tomorrow they would vote for the the BNF.
The strongest party right now is the BCP, the poll has revealed as majority of those polled in Maun 43% and in Francistown, 40% plus many in the other two centres said that if elections were to be held tomorrow they would go for the BCP while the BNF has been revealed to be the weakest link, in the envisaged opposition coalition.
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