‘I am not joining BDP’

SHARE   |   Monday, 25 April 2016   |   By Phillimon Mmeso
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The political environment was this week heavily pregnant with allegations that the MP for Goodhope/Mabule Kgosi Lotlaamoreng II was to defect to the ruling party Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) this weekend. Like a cheated lover, some members of Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) took to the social media to attack the Paramount Chief of Barolong, accusing him of being ungrateful and failed politician. In the status that was later pulled down, the commentator said that Lotlaamoreng since voted into Parliament in one of the most expensive by-elections has failed to contribute significantly to the policies of the government nor articulated those of UDC. Since he was voted as MP for Goodhope/Mabule defeating Minister of Presidential Affairs and Public Affairs Eric Molale, Lotlaamoreng is said to have been in the BDP radar, with efforts to recruit him being escalated continuously. The issue of his defection intensified when Vice President Mokgweetsi Masisi announced last weekend in Francistown when launching their council candidate for Phillip Matante ward by- elections that he will be unveiling a big catch from the opposition soon. Ke ya go letlela mpho e senang selekanyo (I am going to bring a gift without measure),” he was quoted in one of the midweek papers. is statement created excitement among the BDP faithful while it created anxiety within the opposition with the name of Lotlaamoreng cropping up in every excitement and anxiety.

The Barolong Kgosikgolo, who is known for his humbleness, lost his cool when interviewed about the looming defection. Ba nkakela ga ke ye gope (they are lying, I am not going anywhere) and that will never happen. Whoever started or is spreading that lie should be treated for acute amnesia. I just heard this rumour today,” he said with his soft yet cracking voice. Asked if the BDP has ever tried to recruit him, he answered in the affirmative but said that it was just a private conversation and not official. e said he was from the just-ended 12th Regional Meeting of African Caribbean and Pacific European Union (ACP-EU) Joint Parliamentary Assembly that was held in Gaborone. otlaamoreng resigned from the House of Chiefs and took leave from bogosi last year to contest the by-elections under the UDC ticket after the area MP James Mathokgwane resigned to join SPEDU. He  amassed 6 152 votes, followed by BDP candidate Eric Molale with 4372 while Comfort Maruping of the BCP was a distant third, managing only a paltry 385 in August last year. Since the 2014 General Elections, which were hotly contested, politicians have been defecting from one political party to another. Some of the notable defections are that of former Speaker of the National Assembly Dr Margaret Nasha from the BDP to UDC and former BCP parliamentary candidate for Nata/Gweta Ditiro Majadibodu and former BCP youth league leader Lotty Manyepetsa who joined the ruling party.