The Vice President Mompati Merafhe has urged Botswana Democratic Party youth to study the party constitution and build a culture of unity within the party. Merafhe said this over the weekend while addressing BDP youth at a workshop held in Jwaneng.
The Vice President‘s message comes a few days after some BDP youth wing members resigned from the youth wing leadership committee following disagreements with its chair, Bontsi Monare.
Deliberately staying off the controversies surrounding the youth wing, Merafhe congratulated Monare for helping drive the ethos and polices of the BDP.
Merafhe, who recently returned to national duty after a short illness, stressed the importance of unity. He also encouraged the upcoming leaders to continue where past youth leaders had left their mark and helped shape the mother party and the nation’s fortunes.
“In recent history, the likes of Leach Tlhomelang, Gaotlhaetse Matlhabaphiri, Jacob Nkate, Lesang Magang and other youth leaders have played a significant role in shaping our party policies and programmes, and also taking our party closer to our young people across the country,” he said.
Merafhe pointed to the current union strike as a problem that the youth should reflect on as they look to take the reins in the future. Merafhe also noted that Botswana’s socio-economic development was due to its unity, self reliance and upholding the principles of democracy.
“As you prepare to assume the mettle of leadership, you should understand the party Constitution, rules and regulations and code of conduct,” he said.
He also acknowledged government role in poverty eradication, provision of health service, women empowerment and economic diversification.