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Khama considers forming a political movement

Former President Lt Gen Ian Khama is ensnared in a dicey situation of whether to pursue a long hatched plan of forming a new political party or starts a fresh political movement that will endorse and support candidates he favours in various constituencies.

Khama for long time has not shied away from revealing plans of a new party. This follows the ongoing animosity between him and the sitting President Mokgweetsi Masisi. However, recommendations by the engaged South African consultancy firm has advised him not to form a party saying: ”Khama cannot lead a new party in case he is accused of plotting what one Minister, Unity Dow referred to as a Putin strategy to return to power.” The research findings further posited that with only six months to elections a new party will need to be organised and resourced to make impact in the elections.

In addition it said, it is unclear whether the new party will be part of coalition or go it alone. “For the party to be of significant force it will have to rely on BDP members sympathetic to Khama to make a bulk of its leadership and rank and file. The viability of a new party will have to be studied in more depth,” the report indicated.

Initially Khama wanted to form a party despite the advice, but fresh information depicts a man who is now willing to follow the experts’ suggestion of resigning from the BDP but not form a new party. This is per the report’s advice that Khama can still resign from BDP and support opposition candidates well-disposed to him without him seeking return to office in the case of a change of government. “The new government and Khama will be a subject of negotiations and agreements before any commitments can be made.”

This report says all these are based on affection many Batswana have on Khama. “Footage of his community upliftment visits to communities show a man magnetism and is still able to rouse the crowds. It is unlikely his predecessors could retain the appeal Khama still does.”
Informants from his camp this week told this publication that Khama together with the expelled BDP members including Prince Maele and Biggy Butale met with Pelonomi Moitoi last week on the matter of starting a new political movement. At the time of going to press the idea was known to the select few and yet to still be scrutinized before full implementation.

The idea of meeting with the expelled BDP members was to get their input on the matter and if at all it is viable. It is said Khama at the meeting apart from consoling the booted members also wanted to hear their deliberations on the project. “He was open he wanted to know what they think because he says either fate of a new party or anything lies on them as his duty will only be to facilitate what is already there and agreed. He will offer support to the candidates under his wing,” reveals a source.

It is added that: “The idea is not to form a new party because it will need more mobilisation and it will be exhausting considering that it is only few months before elections. So a movement endorsing preferred candidates around the country is the way to go this is as per the recommendation by the expert,” said a source close to the developments.

The movement if it sees the light of the day there is high possibility to be named a democratic movement which will be seeking to endorse candidates who “are hard-workers in their constituencies and promote democracy.” This however it is said will be aimed at already selected and more to come candidates that the former president wants to see in parliament post October general elections.

Within the BDP MPs it is said Khama has Maele, Butale, Moiseraele Goya, Philip Makgelemele, Tshekedi Khama and in absentia Samson Moyo Guma. This it is said does not end there as already there are legislators who their allegiance is unknown but are disgruntled by Masisi’s stewardship- a factor which the Khama faction believe it will heavily cripple the BDP plans to retain power, should those members jump the ship.

Should the movement or party plan succeed, political observers say for the first time the party is likely to lose some of the seats currently under their stable and fail to win those under opposition ticket. The thought of the movement according to informants is two-fold; firstly not to have a permanent structure as Khama could return to BDP and to form a coalition government with opposition after the elections. “If we kill the magic number of 29 then it means there won’t be an outright winner after the elections.

And from there it is possible to negotiate governance with whoever is there but of course not the BDP, not with Masisi as the  president, possibly we could gravitate towards the UDC or any opposition party that would have done well in the polls,” shared a highly placed informant.
Contrary to what is being said, Khama according to informants will not necessarily quit the BDP for life but could be just for period of time until a point when Masisi is no longer its leader. Sources say there is no how Khama could leave the party formed by his parents and concede defeat just like that.

The movement is expected to be made up of disgruntled BDP members and independent candidates. The former president has called on a meeting at Serowe show grounds today; there is high possibility that he will disclose the plan of a new party or political movement in his home village. Khama’s crusade of endorsing anti-BDP candidates in some constituencies is well on track with the latest victim being Sefhare-Ramokgonami MP Dorcas Makgato who saw Khama ‘endorsing’ his opposition rival Dr Kesitegile Gobotswang.

It is expected that more of the BDP candidates especially in the central region will fall by the wayside due to ‘Khama magic’. Central region is Khama’s territory as paramount chief of Bangwato and he commands a large following there, something that observers say could work against his own party.

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