The newly appointed chairman of Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) Gaborone Regional Committee, Botsalo Ntuane is determined to popularise the BDP in Gaborone.
The elected Committee comprises of Ntuane as the Chairman deputised by Bontsi Monare; Ontibile Kgomoyarona is the Secretary helped by Tumy Modise as his deputy. Omphile Namoshe takes the Treasurer position assisted by Tebogo Mmualefhe as his deputy.
Gaborone Region is made up of four parliamentary constituencies.
After winning four seats in 2009 the BDP has in the recent elections managed to┬á retain only one.
Ntuane lost his Gaborone Bonnington South constituency to the Umbrella for Democratic Change’s (UDC) Ndaba Gaolatlhe, Keletso Rakhudu lost his Gaborone North constituency to Haskins Nkagiwa of the UDC; while the UDC president Duma Boko stole Gaborone Bonnington north from Robert Masitara.
Speaking to The Telegraph Ntuane said the responsibility of the newly elected Regional Committee that he chairs is to keep the party afloat in all the 5 constituencies that comprise Gaborone Region.
“After a less than satisfactory election where we won only 1 constituency out of the four we won in 2009 it is upon our committee working with all branch structures to come up with a programme that will revive the fortunes of the BDP,” he said.
The newly elected chairman said their first action item is an evaluation of the BDP electoral performance.
“We need to know what went wrong. On reflection the BDP is very fortunate because we could have lost power due to the┬ámassive protest vote we experienced. The 2014 election must serve as a wakeup call. By allowing BDP┬áto retain┬ápower Batswana┬áhave┬áthrown us a lifeline that we must utilise┬áeffectively┬áfor 2019 and beyond,” he said.
The newly elected committee has a busy schedule.
“My committee┬áalso has┬áto prepare Gaborone┬áfor the four┬ánational activities taking place in 2015 being the Youth Congress, National Council, Women Wing congress and the┬áNational Congress. So it is a busy schedule ahead of us,” he said.