Former Botswana Democratic Party Secretary General Jacob Nkate has resigned from the Botswana Democratic Party central committee.
Nkate confirmed on Monday that he had written a letter to the BDP Secretariat informing them that he was resigning from his position, so that he could fully take up his responsibilities as the Chief Executive Officer of the Botswana Export Development and Investment Authority (BEDIA).
“The BDP central committee does not sit until February, but I have already written to the party Executive Secretary informing him of my decision to resign from the Central Committee,” said Nkate on Monday.
Nkate’s resignation from the Central Committee, where he has served in many capacities, brings to an end a dramatic career in which he was credited with marshalling one of the BDP’s factions, the A-team.
The 2009 general elections saw the BDP heavyweight collapse under the might of the BAM/BCP alliance in the Ngami Constituency, which he had represented for 15 years.
Because of his appointment at BEDIA, Nkate resigned from the BDP Central committee.
“While there is no law prohibiting me from continuing to serve as a Central Committee member, I do not want to be seen to be bringing controversy to the organization by continuing to be a party activist,” he said. He stressed that this is more so that BEDIA is funded by government.