The Botswana National Front (BNF) welcomed more than 113 new members from the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) in Motokwe in the Takatokwane Constituency over the weekend. The excited new members who have found a new home in the BNF were welcomed by party President and Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) President, Cde Duma Boko who was accompanied by other leaders including BNF Treasurer and UDC Gantsi North Member of Parliament Cde Noah Salakae, UDC Member of Parliament for Good Hope / Mabule Cde Kgosi Lotlaamoreng, Botswana Congress Party activist Cde Richard Temetu, UDC 2014 Kgalagadi North MP candidate Phillip Khwae and other party activists.
The new members were led by seasoned politician, veteran educationist and trade unionist Cde Ellesen Sugar Baeletsi who had challenged current Botswana Democratic (BDP) MP Ngaka Ngaka in the BDP primary elections and ultimately stood as independent councillor, polling 386 votes in the Motokwe council ward. The BDP had narrowly won the ward with 634 votes while UDC got 577 and BCP 33. The total votes for opposition stood at 996 against BDP 634. It is therefore not surprising that Cde Baeletsi comes with over 100 new members, making him one of the UDC biggest catches. Cde Sugar Baeletsi is a former school head and has degree in Educational Management as well as certificate and Diploma in Physical Education. He is a trained labour activist and is currently an Industrial Labour officer at Botswana Teachers Union, where he commands a lot of respect from thousands of teachers, parents and former students across the country.
Officiating at the well attended rally, President Boko gave a moving speech which left the Motokwe elders and youth mesmerised and convinced that the leader is ready to free them from the clutches of BDP poverty and dehumanising programmes. In a moving, simple and touching speech, Cde Boko demonstrated to the Motokwe community that the BDP undermined them and violated their basic human rights, including abuses through the Ipelegeng programmes that pay slave salaries. He demonstrated to them all that the BDP does not trust the public schools and public health institutions as they do not use them at all. The BNF activists in the region are confident of snatching both the ward and constituency from the BDP in 2019 as comrade Boko’s speech further converted more BDP members who were listening to his presentation. This is because immediately after the rally, the organisers led by constituency activist, Cde Johannes Christian as well as Cde Baeletsi, were approached by more BDP members who expressed interest to join the BNF. They were happy that Cde Boko understands their rural challenges and miseries so well and that he has given them a lot of hope while the BDP has neglected them for so many years.
The Motokwe ward is made up of 4 wards being Motokwe, Khekhenye, Tshwane and Tsetseng.
BNF Publicity Secretary