After months of denying that she is on the brink of joining the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP), founding member of Botswana Congress Party (BCP) Annah Motlhagodi Mokgethi has finally crossed the floor. Mokgethi said that one of the reasons that she decided to defect to BDP is that BCP has lost the plot, as the Executive Committee has centralised power and no one is holding them accountable. “The BCP has digressed from the principle of inner party democracy and now the CEC is too powerful and leadership positions are like musical chairs circulating among the same people,” said Mokgethi who was BCP parliamentary candidate for Gaborone West North (2009) and Bonnington North in 2014.
Mokgethi said that she chaired the BCP committee that was looking at constitutional amendment but was shocked when the party leadership decided to extend their term from the traditional 3-year term to 5-year-term. She said that she joins BDP knowing that it has some political challenges but is optimistic that they will change. Mokgethi was instrumental at the Mochudi Congress in 1999 when the BCP was established and she served in the initial BCP's central committee. She was among delegates that went to the Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs to register BCP as a political party. She is the former President of BCP Women’s Wing.