Wednesday, October 21, 2020

“We are going to kick opposition hard and mean”- Masisi

The newly elected Chairman of the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) and Vice President Mokgweetsi Masisi aims to build a solid team which will make sure that the opposition is out of the political game.

In an exclusive interview with The Telegraph shortly after the chairmanship results were announced, Masisi told this publication that he is delighted and humbled that the members of the ruling BDP preferred him as their party chairman.

“I am delighted, I am humbled and I look forward to the hard work, we embrace all the democrats, we are together in this,” he said.

The Vice President said nothing else than goodness should be expected out of him.

“You can expect peace, you can expect detailed introspection, thoroughness, discipline; where everything that should be shared with other people will be and those to be shared with democrats only will be shared with democrats only,” he said.

However Masisi also aims at building a strong team with a mandate to take the opposition out of the political sphere.

“We are going to, built a solid team because you know what; we are going to kick the opposition hard and mean; we are coming after them,” he said.

Masisi who declared his interest of contesting for the party chairmanship “very late” managed to garner more votes as compared to his opponents.

He was voted by 582 people, his opponents; former Ambassador of the Republic of Botswana to the United States Tebelelo Seretse came second as she Seretse got 219, former Minister of Justice and Defense Ramadeluka Seretse got 57, Member of Parliament for Tati west Biggie Butale got 23 while Dijeng got 69.
Another contender Seteng Motalaote was unable to continue with the race to the finishing point as he received no nominations from the members of the BDP during nomination time.

Disappointed Motalaote told this publication that he did not expect things to turn out that way. He is of the view that there are people who nominated him but unfortunately the party electoral board chairman Parks Tafa did not see them. He said “what is done is done.” He has no plans to take the matter any further.

In other results ex-Gaborone Bonnington South Member of Parliament Botsalo Ntuane is the new Secretary General. Ntuane got 724 votes while former Assistant Minister for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration Gaotlhaetse Matlhabaphiri got 180 votes. 

Minister of Defence Justice and Security Shaw Kgathi got 296 votes to win Deputy Secretary General Position against Metlha Mokwena who got 248; Tebatso Lekalake; 184 and Mbaha Anderson Kabimba got 128.
Jagdish Shah beat Paul Paledi for Deputy   Treasurer; Satar Dada was unopposed for the position of Treassurer.

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