BDP is much bigger than any individual

SHARE   |   Monday, 13 May 2019   |   By Ricardo Kanono
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We, the undersigned former BDP legislators, are pained by the gross contravention of the BDP culture which was displayed at a meeting addressed by Former President, H.E. Lt. Gen. Dr. Seretse Khama Ian Khama, in Serowe on 04th May 2019.

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We acknowledge that the Party would ordinarily not make a statement when one of our own derails in a manner of such magnitude, but a former State President is no ordinary member, having been holder of the highest position in the BDP and the Republic.

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In its 57 years history, BDP has remained welded together by the selfless service of its members, and leaders alike. The desire to put the interest of the nation and party before those of individuals is the reason for its strong foundations. The recent events are foreign to our party and cannot be allowed to pass by without any counsel. We hereby offer this much needed counsel.

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We hold the view that all are equal before the BDP constitution and that of the Country. We are convinced that our long and proud history is not the result of the labour of a select few, it is rather the product of the collective. No person who holds, or who has held BDP membership nor who has had the privilege of office should lay sole claim to its illustrious governance and service delivery to the people. Successive generations have built their legacies on the foundations of past cadres. For this reason, we wish to caution those who may be made to believe the contrary.

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The events of the last decade, good and bad, are well documented and they are a matter of public knowledge. In this instance, we choose to stay true to our culture of internal dialogue and to avoid washing the party's linen in public. However, we wish to plead with the entire membership of the party and all Batswana in general to allow the current administration room to lead. If early events, actions and policy decisions are anything to go by, we are convinced that most Batswana would agree that Dr. Masisi's administration will open opportunities for more Batswana. We are aware that Batswana yearn for a more inclusive economy, and we are assured that this is his pursuit. Batswana of all races, ethnicities, age, and religious beliefs must unite behind this noble cause. 

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Batswana are reminded that this nation was not built on regionalism and tribalism nor on anything that borders on those. We should not let the afore-mentioned to divide this party and the nation. We grew up in a united Botswana and cannot afford to rob future generations of the same kind of environment that our forebearers left for us. Botswana comes first, our political parties and individual interests are secondary. The BDP has not harmed the Former President in anyway and therefore there is no need for him or anyone else to encourage its membership to leave or turn against it. We collectively call for sanity to prevail. 

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*This message is endorsed and supported by the following thirty-nine (39) Former BDP Members of Parliament*

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o Hon. Ambrose Masalila

o Hon. Boometswe Mokgothu

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o Hon. Charles Tibone

o Hon. Daisy Pholo

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o Hon. David Magang

o Hon. Duke Lefhoko

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o Hon. Frank Ramsden

o Hon. Gaositwe Chiepe

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o Hon. Gloria Somolekae

o Hon. Itani Obed Chilume

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o Hon. Jacob Nkate

o Hon. Johnie Swartz

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o Hon. Kavis Kario

o Hon. Keletso Rakhudu

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o Hon. Khumongwana Maoto

o Hon. Leach Tlhomelang

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o Hon. Lephimotswe Boyce Sebetela

o Hon. Lesedi Mothibamele

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o Hon. Lesego Motsumi

o Hon. Major Gen. Moeng Pheto

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o Hon. Michael Tshipinare

o Hon. Moggie Mbaakanyi

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o Hon. Neo Moroka

o Hon. Odirile Motlhale

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o Hon. Olebile Gaborone

o Hon. Oliphant Mfa

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o Hon. Oreeditse Molebatsi

o Hon. Peter Siele

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o Hon. Phandu Skelemani

o Hon. Ponatshego H. Kedikilwe

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o Hon. Rakwadi Modipane

o Hon. Ray Molomo

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o Hon. Rayner Makosha

o Hon. Ronald Ridge

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o Hon. Satar Dada

o Hon. Sheila Tlou

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o Hon. Shirley Segokgo

o Hon. Tebelelo Seretse

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o Hon. Thebe Mogami



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