MP for Ghanzi North Noah Salakae caused a storm in parliament this week when he raised alarm at the recruitment strategies employed by the ruling party – Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) – to lure members from the opposition. He in particular attacked Vice President Mokgweetsi Masisi for recruiting people by promising them loans offered through the Citizen Entrepreneurial Development Agency (CEDA) Scheme, insisting that he has evidence to back his claims. “Ke na le bosupi jwa gore batho ba Rre Masisi a yang go ba amogela mo press conference tomorrow and any other day from Ghanzi, ke batho ba a ba solofeditseng madi a Citizen Entrepreneurial Development Agency (CEDA). I am aware of a gentleman yo o tlileng kwa go nna gantsi a kopa …a bo a mpolelela gore Rre Masisi o ba solofeditse madi a CEDA. That is bosupi, unless o re ke go bolelele leina la motho wa go nna jalo, I will give that name to your office,” Salakae said on Monday against heckling from ruling party MPs.
Subsequently the Deputy Secretary General of the BDP, Shaw Kgathi dismissed claims by the opposition that his party was buying members of the opposition. “We discuss party budget at our regular Central Committee meetings and there is no provision for funds put aside to recruit members of the opposition,” he said, maintaining that they are not using state resources. Kgathi is the Minister of Justice, Defence and Security. “We are busy telling people gore CEDA ke programmes tse e leng they can be accessed by all Batswana, jaanong Vice President o tsamaya a bolelela batho gore ke batho fela that join Domkrag go tswa kwa Opposition ba ba tshwanelwang ke CEDA. We cannot allow that, we are not voted to come and allow that in this Parliament,” Salakae fumed.