Thebephatshwa — President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi has warned Botswana Defence Force (BDF) members that failure to respect the law might ultimately destroy the military.
"Failure to obey the law comes with consequences that may taint the good name of the Botswana Defence Force," said President Masisi.
Addressing 965 Thebephatshwa Airbase staff on March 19, Dr Masisi said for the military to excel, all should follow the set rules especially since they were responsible for the security and protection of Botswana.
Dr Masisi encouraged the soldiers to remain resolute in undertaking their duties as they played a critical role in the security of the country.
He beseeched them to familiarise themselves with the BDF Act of 1977 in order to understand the kind of soldiers they had to be and why the legislation came into being.
The soldiers heard that the act was amended in 2017 in an effort to improve BDF conditions of service among them increment of the retirement age and provision for the formation of a military adjudication office.
President Masisi said as Commander In Chief, he had the duty to ensure military personnel were well resourced to carry out their duties.
"Government is aware of some of the challenges that you face and we will continue to engage relevant stakeholders to find better ways of addressing them," he said.
Saying no army could be complete without armour and artillery, he promised that government would continue to ensure the BDF was well resourced.
President Masisi said the visit was among the many he had made to military facilities to get first-hand information to help him make informed decisions.
It was consoling, he said, to find soldiers fit and happy which signified their competitiveness.
Dr Masisi informed his audience that government had decided to upgrade the BDF salary structure.
In his remarks, airbase commander Brigadier Hendrick Rakgantswana expressed the hope that the challenges they shared with the President would be attended to.
Giving a vote of thanks, Warrant Officer Moreri Rampe said President Masisi's message had motivated them.
He said the improvement in the conditions of service was helpful in that it would putt a smile even on their families' faces.
Dr Masisi's tour covered the hospital and soldiers' residences.
Source : bopa