Monday, October 19, 2020

Inner party democracy dead within the BCP – Motlhagodi-Mokgethi

A founding member of the Botswana Congress Party (BCP) and  past parliamentary hopeful in Gaborone Bonnington North in the 2014 General Elections, Anna Mokgethi has described  her former party as a party that can never be an alternative to the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP).

Mokgethi joined the ruling BDP on Monday after she resigned from the BCP in December last year.

The former BCP Central Committee member described BCP leadership as hungry for power.

According to her, currently there is no structure within the BCP that can hold the leadership accountable as all the powers are vested in the President, Dumelang Saleshando.

“We founded the BCP back in 1998 with high expectations of inner party democracy, the party that was supposed to be for the people, the party that was supposed to love the people and we were never worried of taking over the Government, we were more into developing a great party that understands the needs of the people,” she said.

She said as time moved on the principles of inner party democracy died and she was not happy about it.

“When we founded the BCP we made sure that all the powers were not invested into the President but when time went on the executive was hungry for power,” she said.

She further labelled BCP leadership as “hypocrites” who claim to be smarter than the ruling party whereas they are practising exactly what is practiced in the ruling BDP.

“BCP can never be an alternative to the ruling Botswana Democratic Party when they practice exactly what they condemn on daily basis about the BDP. BCP is a party that encourage factionalism,” said Mokgethi.

She joins the ruling Botswana Democratic Party aware of the challenges that the party finds itself in.

“I can see the BDP is trying to help Batswana. I was raised in BDP family but in any point in my life I have never been a member of the ruling BDP. I am only becoming a member now,” she said.

Mokgethi joined politics in 1997.

She was elected into the BNF central committee as the secretary for nationalities.  Unfortunately their committee never enjoyed peace until they left the BNF to form the BCP in 1998.

She served in the steering committee that led to the elections of the initial BCP central committee. In 1999 she contested the elections as the BCP parliamentary candidate for Kgalagadi and she was defeated by Lesedi Mothibamele of the BDP.

In 2004 and 2009, she contested the partyÔÇ║s parliamentary primary elections for Gaborone West South but was defeated again.

She further suffered a defeat in the last 2014 general elections after losing Gaborone Bonnington North to Umbrella for Democratic Change leader Duma Boko.

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