The man who Botswana National Front (BNF) President Duma Boko nominated into the party’s main central committee, Kuela Kiema of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR) has joined the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP). In fact, he has returned to his political home where he said he was one of Christian De Graaff’s campaign managers in 2004.
In an interview with Sunday Standard, Kiema said he left the party in September 2012 though the party committee in Ghanzi North only let go of him in November.
Although he did not state in the resignation letter his main reasons for departure, preferring instead to say it was for personal reasons, he revealed to Sunday Standard that party structures in the Ghanzi North constituency were hostile to him. He was not looking for greener pastures.
“The party policy is not exercised in this constituency. The running of the party is according to individual dogma. The party constitution dictates that committee should be elected every two years. The committee here took five years in office so that it freely manipulated the party. It re-elected itself into office to continue with its business,” revealed Kiema.
The author of the book, ‘Tears of my land’ , said he tried to remain calm at the peak of tribulations that struck the party, some of which he outlined in the book. Factions within the party also contributed in fuelling infernos.
He regretted the fact that circumstances pressed him to disappoint the party president whom he still values for selecting him into the central committee. He was aware that it might not be speaking well of the BNF if someone elected, especially by the party president suddenly abdicates the responsibility bestowed upon him; but choices were wanting.
A creative and zealous man, he found as misunderstandings piled in the constituency that the party was actually keeping him dormant for long. This reminded him of his past where he hopes to find not only paradise, but also conducive environment for creativity. He does not plan to contest for elections for any political seat in 2014 but to work for the party.
He said when he submitted the resignation letter the committee asked him to give them time to consult and later negotiate with him. He later found that they would further delay him and went ahead with his plan. They have up to the time of interview never written him the acknowledgment letter he had asked them to give him. He is nonetheless continuing with his life – a life membership holder of BDP.
Contacted for comment, BNF Secretary General, Tapiso Kgosikoma, said they were aware of the man’s resignation. The man left the party late last year though he might have resigned some months before that. They know his reasons for departure as being personal; something that kept them wondering what they could have done wrong.
Anyway, he said, they always consider that personal reasons cater for such issues as business. People want to improve their social status.
On whether they would find a matching replacement of the man he said every time someone left more come as replacement.
“Computers almost jam after one person leaves because of the new multitudes that register. More than fifty members always replace one,” said Kgosikoma.