Vice President Ponatshego Kedikilwe, who is also MP for Mmadinare, has applauded the return for MP for Gaborone West South Botsalo Ntuane from Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) to rejoin Botswana Democratic Party (BDP).
Addressing a political rally in Ntuane’s constituency on Sunday, Kedikilwe labeled Ntuane an influential crowd puller.
He said from his early tertiary years at the University of Botswana, Ntuane had been influential in working for the BDP.
He also said that Ntuane had for many years been loyal to the party when he held several positions until he rose to the level of MP.
Kedikilwe expressed satisfaction at Ntuane’s decision to come back ‘home’ where he was raised and also pointed out it is a major achievement to BDP.
“He returns to the party today at a time when we have grown stronger, when we have solidified not only as a national party but as an institution recognized internationally for championing a journey of protection of human rights,” said Kedikilwe.
He said BDP accepts and respects Ntuane’s decision to resign from the BMD to rejoin BDP and he added that he is optimistic that more people are also on their way back to BDP.
For his part, Ntuane confirmed his interests on joining the ruling party from what he said is the fast splitting opposition.
He said he was born inside the BDP.
“For some time I have been emotionally unwell but I knew what could heal me hence I took this decision to return to BDP,” said Ntuane.
He revealed that he admitted that he dearly missed BDP sometime back while attending the BDP 50th anniversary celebrations in Gaborone. He also expressed happiness for the BDP leadership to have trusted his ability to deliver and trusted his loyalty and good standing within the party before defecting to the opposition.