The newly elected chairperson of the Botswana Democratic Party Women’s Wing Dorcas Makgato has vowed that her committee will employ initiatives to lure and boost the numbers of women active in politics.
When briefing the media on Tuesday in Gaborone Makgato said one of the ten point agenda that her committee will include the auditing of BDP women structures as well as identifying and profiling BDP talent to serve as role models for younger women in politics.
Asked whether this will strictly apply to BDP members, Makgato explained that although priority will be given to BDP members the drive will reach out across board on a non-partisan stance. “That would be suicidal, we need to recruit new members into the party, so we can’t be seen to be discriminating against non-members,” she said.
When unveiling the ten point agenda, Makgato explained that it is aimed at positioning the BDP to improve its performance in the 2019 general elections.
The ten point agenda includes creating additional organisational structures at regional and national level to ensure BDP women engage more regularly than the case is now.” One such structure is the proposed general assembly of BDP women which will be held during the interim year between the bi-annual elective congresses,” said Makgato.
According to Makgato the BDP women have also committed to increasing their visibility in constituencies, hosting political education and awareness workshops embarking on empowerment training, developing a finance and investment strategy, rolling out a recruitment drive as well as engaging in social investments activities. “We also plan to roll out deployment guidelines for our cadres in the regions so they are aware of their critical role to the growth of the BDP,” Makgato said.
She also said the BDP women’s leadership are committed to empowering themselves through political education to ensure they play a meaningful role in Botswana politics.
The newly elected committee also paid a courtesy call to President Ian Khama to introduce themselves. According to a statement from the committee the president urged them to ensure that the BDP Women’s wing is active and does not just exist in name. He urged them to focus on team building and unity within the party as well as the empowerment of women. The committee is to report to the president on progress being made every three months.
Makgato was voted in as the BDP Women’s Wing chairperson in Lobatse last month where she beat her rival Tshepo Wareus by 317 votes to 186 votes. Team Makgato swept all the boards, including those of additional member’s seats. Her team comprised of vice chairperson Veronica Lesole, Secretary Kgalalelo Mokgweetsi, vice Secretary Tshenolo Leshomo, Treasurer Orefitlhetse Masire, vice treasurer Esther Kanaimba-Senai and additional members.