Former Minister of Defence, Justice and Security, Rameduluka Seretse this week defended his Facebook comment that he was “shocked” by Vice President Mokgweetsi Masisi’s decision to contest the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) Chairmanship. Seretse’s comment had been misunderstood by some of his Facebook followers as an attack on the Vice President for going back on his initial statement that he will not contest for the BDP top post.
Seretse explained this week that he made that statement because he was earlier made to believe that Masisi will not be one of the candidates in the crowded race for the BDP chairmanship. He stated that his statement was based on Masisi’s earlier statement that he will not join the race. “I was shocked because he had made that assertion, but in a democracy like ours everyone has a right to stand for elections,” added Seretse.
Seretse had stated in his earlier Facebook post that it came as a shock to learn that Masisi had joined the race. In his most recent post, Seretse states:“How interesting and enriching. In the beginning it comes as a shock and as one settles one realizes that democracy is taking its course. We welcome you Sir join the race. The democrats will be spoilt for choice. Let it all be in the interest of the BDP. Remember we can do all but the decision on 2015 belongs to the Democrats and no other.
Above all the choice of the almighty will carry the day”. He went on to dispel claims that he would use money to buy the support of BDP members. “There is no how you can buy someone, it is not possible. You will have to convince people to support you because they know your potential in the position that they will actually place you in,” said Seretse.