Former Speaker and longtime ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) member, Dr Margaret Nasha has dumped the party and joined an umbrella of opposition parties. The announcement was made at the weekend. Secretary General of the Umbrella for Democratic Change, Ndaba Gaolathe, said in a statement: “The Umbrella for Democratic Change is delighted to announce that Dr Margaret Nnananyana Nasha, formerly Speaker of the National Assembly and long serving cabinet minister in the Botswana Government is now a member of the party. She has had an illustrious and distinguished career as a civil servant and, later, as a Minister for Local Government and Minister for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration.
Dr Nasha’s decision to finally put to bear her vast political skill and governance experience as part of a national movement to secure a new Botswana, a Botswana in which all citizens will believe that they can become anything they wished to become if they applied themselves diligently and creatively, is a watershed moment not only in the history of the UDC but also in the political journey of our country. Dr Nasha’s exquisite talents and credentials are compelling, and add further depth to the personnel and capabilities that the UDC intends to cultivate towards both the securing of a win in the next general elections and the subsequent formation of a new people’s Government in 2019.
Her vision, integrity, maturity and soundness of character have inspired her to seek a collective of like-minded citizens with whom to serve the nation in a fulfilling way, and she has found the UDC to be such a home, a political vehicle for securing a new, free and prosperous Botswana. Although Dr Nasha had pleaded to join as an ordinary member and activist, she has been prevailed upon to take on, given her experience, the role of advisor to the key offices at the level of the UDC and affiliate/contracting party levels, an assignment we are confident she will dispatch with distinction. It is envisaged the official welcome will take the form of a rally-like occasion at a venue and date to be announced in due course, which occasion will take place no later than three weeks from the date of this press release.”