The Botswana Democratic Party Secretary General, Mpho Balopi, yesterday (Tuesday) hosted his inaugural press conference in Gaborone, where he was expected to unveil details of how he will reverse the misfortunes that have been bedevilling his party ahead of the 2014 general elections.
Balopi was recently unveiled as the new BDP Secretary General, replacing Kentse Rammidi who resigned from the BDP.
Immediately after taking over office, Balopi called a meeting of all BDP sub-committees, where he explained how he plans to revamp BDP operations and revise the way the party has been doing business.
Perhaps in a bid to reduce the bad publicity that the party has been receiving, Balopi centralised BDP’s communications under the Communications and International Relations sub-committee.
The committee is led by Lesang Magang.
A recent communiqu├® from the BDP sought to introduce the key members of the party’s sub-committees and their leaders.
The political education and elections sub-committee is led by Bernard Bolele.
Isaac Seloko and Legodile Serema head the disciplinary sub-committee while G.U.S. Matlhabaphiri and Puma Matlhware head the labour sub-committee.
Modiri Mbaakanyi heads the finance and investment committee while Parks Tafa heads the all too powerful Electoral Board.
“The media is advised to use the Communications and International Relations as their first point of contact,” reads a press release.
One of the key issues that Balopi was expected to address at the press conference was his plan of action going towards the 2014 general elections.
President Ian Khama has reportedly rallied the BDP structures into campaign mode, and specifically instructed Balopi to do all he can to ensure that BDP will parry the threat of the opposition umbrella in 2014.
During his meeting with the BDP sub-committees, Balopi called on BDP members to improve consultation and intra party democracy.