A few weeks after the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) expressed its readiness to rule, the Botswana Congress Party (BCP) this week revealed its strategy for winning the Gabane-Mankgodi constituency.
The party trailed the Botswana Democratic Part, then competed for as Kweneng South East (which then included Mmopane, Gaphatshwa and part of Mestmotlhabe) by a margin of 1800 votes in the 2009 general elections.
Its candidate, Joyce Mothudi polled 3602 to Mmoloki Raletobana’s 5415, while Brendan Rankgomo had 1758 votes.
In an interview, the constituency’s Secretary, Girly Mothibedi said her party will on July 27 launch its representatives as well as Constituency and Wards manifestos.
“It is part of the party’s strategic plan to prove its readiness to lead and deliver. It has been agreed, that constituency manifestoes be developed, which are tailor-made for specific constituencies’ needs. From these, wards manifestoes are also developed. The onus is to ease service delivery,” said Mothibedi.
She said the strategic plan seeks to keep all the membership abreast of the leadership style the party will adopt should it be voted into power.
She would not respond to questions seeking explanations of whether the recent launch of party president and national manifesto included the launch of constituency and wards manifestos since that was a different constituency.
But she is sure they would be launched together with the Vice President, Dr Kesitegile Gobotswang and his councilors this coming weekend in Tswapong.
Their strategic plan, she said, ensures that the much debated issues of gender mainstreaming and youth empowerment are catered for.
“We in our constituency have two women and four youth councilor candidates. Furthermore, our party has four sitting councilors out of the ten wards that form the constituency. And though these hard workers were guided by BDP policies at the time of economic recession, they have achieved some milestones,” she explained.
She said the councilors managed to table motions, some of which were passed while others were rejected. The two junior Secondary Schools in Gabane village had long periods of poor ablution system, but commitment of BCP councilors has paid dividends. The schools are now up to date.
While the party’s parliamentary candidate, Mozambia Dibe could not be reached for comment, a Councilor in the constituency, Ofentse Mareme of Gabane North East, confirmed that he BCP has viable strategy.
He however could not ascertain that constituency manifesto would be launched July 27 because of expenses involved in compiling the manifestos.
“Compiling constituency and ward manifesto is the responsibility of the parliamentary and ward representative. Individual candidates have to do this, so we cannot preempt anything lest constituents end up questioning us on issues some of us might fail to do. Of course the party encourages that noble idea, but financial constraints might handicap some of us,” said Mareme.