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BDP targets Molepolole constituencies

 Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) chairman and Vice President, Mokgweetsi Masisi has revealed that the party has launched an extensive recruitment drive in the Kweneng region to ensure that it reclaims its two constituencies from the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC).

“We are on massive recruitment drive, and we will reclaim our [Molepolole North and Molepolole South] constituencies in 2019,” said Masisi as he welcomed Councillor Kopano Tumiso back into the party’s fold this week.  Tumiso, a councillor in Kweneng District Council (KDC) dumped BDP last year but has since returned to the party.

Masisi said the return of Tumiso forms part of the recruitment drive in the area, following recruitments of Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) Molepolole South party structures few weeks ago.

BDP for the first time since independence lost Molepolole constituencies to opposition, a development which saw veteran Member of Parliament, Daniel Kwelagobe’s 45 years stay in parliament being brought to an abrupt end.

Kwelagobe lost his seat to his former protégé, Dr Tlamelo Mmatli, in a move which was unexpected. Kwelagobe, who was the youngest person ever to be elected MP in Botswana at age 26, has over the years proved to be inconvincible, making him the longest serving legislator in the history of Botswana parliament. 

Meanwhile the other constituency, which was in the hands of his Barataphathi stalwart, Gaotlhaetse Mathabaphiri fell to Mohammed Khan, defeating him after trying several times to win the constituency without success.

UDC also claimed a significant number of council seats in the two Molepolole constituencies, but BDP retained control of Kweneng District Council, thanks to victories in other constituencies in the region.  

The 2014 general election will go on in history as the year which opposition made significant electoral success, registering a popular vote beyond 50 percent for the first time. Opposition seats also increased to 20, UDC gathering 17 and Botswana Congress Party (BCP) three.

In the aftermath, BDP also lost Ramotswa, Ghanzi North, Maun West and Goodhope-Mabule to opposition for the first time.

The 2014 general election has heightened political interest in the events leading to the next general elections, with the ruling party determined to reserve dismal performance in 2019.

The BDP has already held two special congresses, for the purpose of strengthening the party ahead of the 2019 general elections, in which President Ian Khama would have left office.

The party has already made a few amends at party level to place the party in better position going into the next elections. The party has taken a resolution to hold primary elections in constituencies under the ticket of the opposition as early as next year July, to give candidates ample time to canvass support in those constituencies.

BDP’s main target in its recruitment drive has been BCP and BMD. BCP has since the 2015 Kanye Congress suffered loss of its members as they resigned en masse to join the BDP, among them, stalwarts such as Lotty Manyapedza, Thato Osupile and more recently Annah Mokgethi.

Some BCP defectors do not support the party’s decision to join hands with Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) partners following last year’s congress.

Meanwhile BMD defections have been brought on by factional wars brewing inside the party owing to Sidney Pilane’s membership saga, which has divided the party.

Masisi said the situation in the opposition, BMD in particular, continues to vindicate BDP and even makes it more attractive than the opposition.

He remarked that the fact that BMD wants to go to congress to give its president powers, is an indication that it is necessary to have a president with powers like in the BDP.

He said, as a result of the proposed constitutional amendment, BDP will continue to receive its former members back into the party, because BMD will no longer be what it claimed to be when it was founded.

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BDP decides Balopi’s fate

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The resolution by the CC, which Masisi proposed, is viewed as a ploy to deflate the incumbent, Mpho Balopi’s political ambitions and send him into political obscurity. The two have not been on good terms since the 2019 elections, and the fallout has been widening despite attempts to reconcile them. In essence, the BDP says that Balopi, who is currently a Member of Parliament, Minister of Employment, Labour Productivity and Skills Development, and a businessman, is overwhelmed by the role.

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Gov’t confused over Moitoi’s UN job application

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Moitoi’s application follows the Secretary-General’s launch of the third edition of the Global Call for Heads and Deputy Heads of United Nations Field Missions, which aims to expand the pool of candidates for the positions of SRSG) and their deputies to advance gender parity and geographical diversity at the most senior leadership level in the field. These mission leadership positions are graded at the Under-Secretary-General and Assistant Secretary-General levels.

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