Saturday, September 25, 2021

Former auditor general sees BMD taking power

Former Auditor General, Pelonomi Nanogang, says he will never go back to the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP).

He said he has received many calls to come back to his former party.
“But there is no way I will ever go back to the BDP,” he said in an interview.

A former senior civil servant, Nanogang left the BDP for Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) after what he said was a deterioration of inner party democracy in the BDP.
He is currently BMD’s coordinator in the Ngwaketse South constituency.

While he admits that the BDP has “very good policies,” he also complains that ‘there is a lot of uneven treatment of members inside the BDP‘.

He said he is also disappointed that the BDP has not done enough to address problems of unemployment.

Asked what really drove him away from the BDP and into the BMD, Nanogang says it was a decision by President Ian Khama to effectively nullify the results of Kanye Congress by appointing into sub committees people who had been rejected by party members.

“It was clear that Khama was out to revenge his loss. That was absolutely not necessary. In fact, that was the beginning of the fight that ultimately split the BDP into two,” said Nanogang.

He told The Telegraph that should opposition parties work together he sees the BDP losing power in 2014 when the next General Elections are due.

He said a perception that all senior civil servants, especially at Permanent Secretary level are BDP card carrying members is not always true.

Nanogang is one of the many former senior public servants that have recently left the BDP for BMD.
“You have to see that BMD is a serious party by the way the BDP hates us. They have declared a news blackout against us. But they have failed because even without state media, people have been able to know about us,” he said.

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