BDP dismisses Seretse’s protest

SHARE   |   Monday, 10 August 2015   |   By Phillimon Mmeso
Seretse Seretse

The Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) central committee has dismissed an appeal by Tebelelo Seretse over the conduct of the elections for the chairmanship position which was won by Vice President Mokgweetsi Masisi at the Mmadinare congress. The Patriot on Sunday is reliably informed that BDP took the decision in their central committee meeting which was held last week Monday and were yet to communicate the verdict to her and other losing candidates who signed the protest being former cabinet Minister Ramadeluka Seretse, Seteng Motalaote and businessman Moemedi Dijeng.

Seretse protested her loss to Masisi as she felt that there were lots of irregularities during the elections which might have contributed to her loss. She handed her appeal letter two weeks after the elective congress and wanted the party to declare the results null and void and call fresh elections. She protested that some candidates were intimidated in the run up to the elective congress leading them to vote for Masisi. The former Botswana’s ambassador to United of America lost to Masisi by 219 votes to 582. The outspoken former Serowe South MP recently revealed that she will challenge Masisi for party presidency at the 2019 special congress.

Asked about the verdict, BDP Secretary General Botsalo Ntuane said that the party has concluded hearing the protest but could not state the outcome as the concerned parties are yet to receive the communiqué. Efforts to get comment from Seretse were fruitless as her mobile phone rang unanswered.
Meanwhile Masisi's assistant, Dikgang Makgalemele, told parliament midweek that Masisi used P218, 000 from state coffers for his campaign for the BDP chairmanship. He said the money was used from April 2015 to July 2015 and approximately P170, 000 was for transport and fuel for his air/road trips countrywide and P48, 000 on accommodation. Defending the spending Makgalemele said that as the vice president, Masisi is entitled for both business and private trips by the state.