President Ian Khama has recently submitted to his own aura and has admitted that his party has performed dismally at last years’ polls. President Khama mentioned that he has failed the BDP. He said that the 47 percentage share of the popular vote they garnered in the 2014 general elections is not the true reflection of Batswana support on the party that he leads.
He mentioned this last week when speaking at the just ended BDP 53rd National Council, Khama said without any shadow of doubt his ruling party has got the majority of vote in Botswana.
He said his party remains unshaken by the opposition. He added that he personally knows that with the true reflections that he has about the BDP, his party has got at least 60-65 percentage of popular vote.
“The party cannot afford to have any divisions. We are not shaken that the opposition has come under one unity in the form of an Umbrella. It doesn’t even scare us even if the Botswana Congress Party can join the Umbrella. The opposition has been since combined. You should remember that the members of the BCP were at some point the members of the BNF,” he said.
The President said the purpose of the 53rd National council was to fix any loophole that the opposition used in preparation for the 2014 general elections. He further promised democrats that they will deliver better results come 2019.
He said opposition celebrations are going to be short lived.
“They must not forget that they got help from some of the members of the BDP who helped them to garner the number of seats they have managed to attain in parliament.”
“The opposition members never vote for the BDP. But our members might increasingly vote for the opposition if we don’t promote the spirit of unity and build ourselves to become a united team.”
Khama shunned the opposition for accusing the ruling BDP of plans to rig the 2014 general elections. He stated that surprisingly the opposition are the ones who rigged the 2014 general elections.
“The opposition labelled us as bad people and accused us of trying to rig the elections. At the end they are the ones who rigged the elections.”
He further went on to mention that he realised that he had spent most of his time swamped up government duties, but now he wants to dedicate most of his time to building strong organisational structures within the BDP.
“I have realised that I concentrated more on government duties thinking that the party was doing fine. I have decided that I am going to utilise most of my time visiting the party structures, getting ideas from the people at different structural levels.”
Khama said his party must assure Batswana that there is still no alternative.
“We must re-establish and revive the party’s organisational structures. If there are no structures then there is no party, it is plain and simple as that. Everything that we are doing in the party should be based on and be informed by its organisational structures. All planning and implementation of the party program of action should originate from the structures.”
“After the congress in July, I will embark on visiting all the regions to review these structures to make sure that they bring results to the party.”
Leadership at structural level who may not perform as expected may find themselves on the wrong hand of President Ian Khama.
“Those who are voted into the leadership structures must do their work or we will kick them out and elect new leadership that can run structures. I will not allow a situation whereby leadership at structural level hold no meetings to engage with the people.”
Furthermore the Siele commission is expected to revive the party primary elections that are usually marred with controversies.
“The outcome of the ongoing Siele commission on the review of the BDP primary elections process is expected to yield results that will reduce disgruntlement, disunity and disharmony within the party.”
“Our failure to mount a simple fool-proof and cost effective and intact internal election process going forward, may further result in many of our members turning against us at the polls, joining the opposition parties or standing as independent candidates.”