Chairman of the ruling Botswana Democratic Party, Daniel Kwelagobe has made it clear that he remains loyal to the ruling party.
In a statement, Kwelagobe has advised people to stop using his name for political gain.
“I wish to state once more for the record, as I have done several times that I am a member of the BDP, and not only a member but the chairman of the BDP. I wish to state further as I did at the National Council and before then that I am not leaving the BDP for any political party. Furthermore I have recently briefed my constituents and they are behind me and equally remain unshaken in their love for the BDP.”
In the statement Kwelagobe says his resolve in the BDP is “firm and solid.”
“I am not the captain who jumps ship when the storms rock it, but the captain who will steer his ship (BDP) to safety ensuring that all those on board are safe and secure.”
He said he remains hopeful that the BDP will emerge out of its current problems stronger.
MEANWHILE Kwelagobe made a surprise appearance at a press conference organized by the BDP breakaway party, Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD).
The press conference, which was held at the Falcon Crest on Wednesday, was organized to welcome members of the University of Botswana Student Representative Council (SRC) who had earlier during the day, resigned from the BDP en masse to join the BMD. The BDP’s political cell at the UB, known as GS26 had scooped all the elective positions at the recent SRC elections.
It was Kwelagobe’s arrival that elicited both jubilation and shock from the audience. Kwelagobe arrived at the press conference while the proceedings were already on and he was met with chants of BMD slogans, whistles and ululations as he occupied a seat amongst the audience. Kwelagobe was not the only surprise to the BMD event as he arrived in the company of Mogoditshane MP Patrick Masimolole. It was the second time, in a space of four days that Masimolole had graced BMD events as he also attended the BMD convention which was held last Saturday at Letlhabile Primary School in Gaborone.
The two BDP MP’s seemed relaxed and at home as they smiled and laughed throughout the press conference. Kwelagobe would make some remarks while Kabo Morwaeng was on the floor, throwing the audience into fits of laughter. Morwaeng had commented that any serious shepherded would be worried when just one sheep missed from the flock. It was at this juncture that Kwelagobe chipped in, “and that is why I’m here”, a response that left many people dead with laughter. Kwelagobe and Masimolole arrived at the press conference accompanied by MP Botsalo Ntuane who was expelled from the BDP and is now Deputy Chairman of the Interim BMD Executive Committee.
At the end of the press conference Kwelagobe and Masimolole went inside the restaurant to have coffee with MP Wynter Mmolotsi, another of the expelled BDP members who have since found a political home in the BMD.