Monday, September 21, 2020

Dada’s BDP compromise mission falls through

Concerned that the coming congress could restart a replay of the last one in Serowe, leaders of the Botswana Democratic Party are leaving nothing to chance.
Vice President Ian Khama who is also Chairman together with Secretary General Daniel Kwelagobe have set up a team led by party financier and National Treasurer Satar Dada to cool down the tempers and discourage excessive competition ahead of the Congress.
Dada has been given the responsibility to ensure that instead there is a spirit of compromise.
Early signs however indicate that Dada could be up to an insurmountable task.
So far he has failed to prevail upon the people who have shown interest for the positions of Secretary General and the Deputy Secretary General.
The position of Secretary General falls vacant this year as the long serving Daniel Kwelagobe has announced he will not be seeking a reelection.
Kwelagobe has held the position since 1980.
Gomoloemo Motswaledi has since declared his interest as has Jacob Nkate.
Kabo Morwaeng has declared his interest for the position of Deputy Secretary General as has Kentse Rammidi.
Other possible contestants for the Deputy Secretary General are Botsalo Ntuane and Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi.
Motswaledi confirmed to Sunday Standard that Dada called them to communicate to them the fears and apprehensions of the leadership.
He said Dada proposed the idea of a compromise as one way of averting a rift in the BDP.
Motswaledi said Dada also made it clear that if there is no compromise all contestants have to promise the party leadership that they will observe the rules of a clean and fair campaign that does not malign others.
“In the end we agreed to go for elections. We have made an undertaking that our campaigns will be clean and serene,” said Motswaledi.
He said they took the route of going for elections because elections are on the side of democracy.
“We thought it important to secure Botswana’s democracy while also making an undertaking to honour the results graciously,” he said.

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