Former Botswana Congress Party’s (BCP) parliamentary candidate for Gaborone Bonnington North, Anna Mokgethi, who recently defected to the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) has revealed that his former party president, Dumelang Saleshando, and his executive have become too powerful and are not accountable to anyone.
Speaking in press conference today in Gaborone, where she was welcomed into BDP, Mokgethi said the recent BCP constitutional amendments have shifted the power from other party structures to the president and his executive.
“This is not what we stood for. We left the Botswana National Front (BNF) because of the power of its president. The president and the executive are excluding party structures in decision making,” she said.
Among the amendments mentioned by Mokgethi, which did not sit well with her is the extension of executive committee lifeline from three years to five years.
“This means that following last year’s congress, BCP will only go for elective congress after the next general elections,” she said.
Mokgethi also accused her former party of playing ‘musical chairs’ with party position by rotating the same faces. Mokgethi, who is the BCP founding member, said the BCP leadership have remained the same since its formation.
She further accused opposition parties for hypocrisy, saying they are failing to practice what they preach. She said if the opposition wants utopia, they should indeed show it in the way they run their parties.
She also alleges that, ahead of the 2015 Kanye Congress, BCP leadership encouraged factionalism in the party, something which was foreign in the BCP culture.
Mokgethi further indicated that BCP central committee allows non-elected members of the party to sit and participate in central committee meetings.
Mokgethi’s joining of BDP brings to an end, a long spell of speculations following her withdrawal from BCP activities and subsequent resignation from the party last year.
Mokgethi, who was formerly with BNF, revealed that she grew in a traditional BDP family. Mokgethi is a sister to the current Assistant Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Frans van der Westhuizen who is also MP for Kgalagadi South.
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