The Member of Parliament (MP) for Kgatleng West Gilbert Mangole has rebutted allegations that he intends to retrace his steps back to Botswana Democratic Party (BDP). Mangole, who is also the Secretary General of Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD), said he could have defected to the ruling party when BMD was going through turbulent times with some of their founding leaders going back to the BDP. He said having managed to stay put in the BMD during its tribulations, he does see himself defecting to the ruling party.
At the time he refused to go and meet President Ian Khama one-on-one. He was afraid of the possible outcome of such meeting, he said this week. “I realised that all opposition leaders even the most radical ones tended to change after meeting President Ian Khama and ultimately defect to the ruling party. I chickened out when he called and asked me to meet him at the State House,” revealed Mangole. Mangole confirmed that BDP leaders have tried on several occasions to recruit him back to the BDP but he turned them down. He conceded that there is something about President Khama that can make one change his mind.
“After I turned down the invitations to go and see him (Khama) he also told BDP faithful that I will never join the ruling party,” said Mangole. Mangole singled out radicals in MP for Okavango Bagalatia Arone and former BMD Vice President Botsalo Ntuane who after meeting Khama ditched opposition politics. Mangole insisted that instead of joining the BDP he would rather defect to one of the opposition parties. He said he will never betray the trust that the people of Kgatleng have given him.