The Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) says it is expecting a capacity crowd at the University of Botswana Stadium for the 50th anniversary on Friday and Saturday with leadership representatives from neighbouring countries in the region.
While the BDP was expecting President Jacob Zuma of South Africa, it has had to settle for his deputy, after Zuma could not squeeze the BDP in his schedule.
BDP secretary general, Mpho Balopi, has announced that South African Vice President Kgalema Motlante and African National Congress (ANC) delegation, delegations of three from Zimbabwe led by Speaker of the National Assembly, Lovemore Moyo and Secretary General of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Tendai Biti, as well as the guest speaker, the President of Tanzania, Jakata Kikwete.
Balopi revealed that from the 57 constituencies in the country, they expect a minimum of 250 representatives to the upcoming 50th anniversary celebration in Gaborone on Saturday.
“The motorcade is expected with party colours from the airport to welcome the Presidents we are expecting on Friday,” said Balopi.
He said the programme for the celebration starts from Friday to welcome the local and foreign visitors in the city. Balopi stated that there is a long list of local entertainers scheduled for the event. He said over 11 000 people are expected to fill the stadium and added that the preparations are at an advanced stage.
“Our members are and those who apply for membership are further enjoined by the party constitution to shoulder a heavy responsibility that demands high political and moral qualities,” said Balopi.
Balopi stated that the event will be open to both BDP members and Batswana in general. He said BDP is for Batswana and it does not belong to any individual. He also observed that the party this year is doing well ahead of the anniversary celebration as there have been a lot ‘big fishes’ joining BDP from opposition parties across the country. Balopi also highlighted that it is worth spending money for hosting this year celebrations as the party is gaining momentum every year.
“We are the only party that has been running this country peacefully and there will be no replacement of the current government. Our party has policies which are good for Batswana and we do not know the story of the opposition parties,” said Balopi.
He also said they are expecting more confirmations from other delegates across the continent during the week for the 50th anniversary. He did not reveal the budget for the event and added that the atmosphere and the nature of the event will be pleasant for everyone.