Former Botswana Congress Party (BCP) MP Bagalatia Arone who has defected to Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) has launched a scathing attack on his former party, saying its end is near. Arone, who was launched by BDP in his home village Shakawe on Saturday, said BCP is finished and its history. Arone said it is hard for members to accept the truth. “I know that it is hard for my former comrades to accept the truth; but the BCP is no longer there,” he said. He said BCP started to crumble at the 2014 General Elections when party President Dumelang Saleshando lost his parliamentary seat. He added that Saleshando loss was a big blow to the organisation as people started losing hope in the party.
He indicated that the loss of the Vice President Dr Gobotswang who lost to Dorcas Makgat at Sefhare/Ramokgonami constituency also had a huge impact as supporters lost hope in the party. Arone said he advised the President Saleshando that going to Kanye Congress it was a bad idea as the party performed dismally in the 2014 general elections. “There was no need for BCP to go to Kanye congress while the party was reeling from a heavy defeat in the general election. There was a need to heal and reform as a party,” he said, adding that all the defections from BCP to BDP started after Kanye congress.
Arone said he had been the last man standing in the North West region for the BCP. “It is finished with BCP in this region,” he said.
Arone also dismissed claims that he and former rival Mbahahauka Kambimba are a threat to each other. “There have been talks that my friend Mbaha and I are fighting, but there is no such thing,” he said. He said that the electorate of BDP and Okavango will decide who will be their MP in 2019. He also rubbished claims that he was bought by BDP with a promise of a ministerial positions. “I have not joined BDP for any position and even if i am appointed a minister who told you that a Mumbukushu can’t be a minister,” Arone hit out.