The Botswana Democratic Party’s parliamentary candidate for Gabane- Mankgodi, Lesedi Mmusi has refuted utterances recently made at the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC)’s rally that BDP was likely to lose that constituency to opposition.
He said in an interview that the survey that the BDP conducted suggested that there are constituencies that the BDP had to work hard to win, and that the Gabane-Mankgodi was one of them because it was new and there were initially some misunderstandings between the members which have since been amicably resolved. It did not, he said, suggest that BDP would lose it.
“As we go around the constituency wards doing house-to-house campaigns, we find nothing that suggests that any opposition party is a threat to us. Our strategy is to launch councilors. We started with Tsolamosese Block four; we were launching another councilor at Mankgodi North, next weekend we will be in Gabane East. We really found nothing threatening,” said Mmusi.
Although he found no threat to keeping the 1800 margin they bit their runners up, Botswana Congress Party (BCP) in 2009, he pointed out the fact that there are areas in the constituency that might hamper their victory.
“Gabane, for instance, is part of the greater Gaborone. Many of constituents there commute to Gaborone on daily basis and the lack of up-to-scratch roads which is a trouble in the whole constituency need to be corrected sooner than later. This has been a problem for a while but we cannot say the area is neglected. We all know the financial situation the government is faced with,” he explained. He dismissed as unfounded, statements that the BDP’s strategy for winning elections will include rigging and supplying food baskets and blankets to win the electorates’ votes.
“Electorates know our capabilities. We have proven to them what we can do. Not the opposition that keeps criticizing without coming up with alternatives to what we are doing,” he said.
On the constituency’s position on addressing burning issues in gender mainstreaming and youth empowerment, Mmusi said the constituency has a strong youth wing which advises on the needs of the youth. Likewise, the constituency’s women’s wing is strong and keeps representatives side by side on the developments.
The party currently has only one elected sitting councilor, a woman. She lost primary elections to another woman- a nominated councilor. Following subtraction of some of the former Kweneng South East wards, add-ons from Mogoditshane South and Thamaga wards in Mankgodi, the ruling party is starting afresh in as far as ward representation is concerned.