The Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) chairman Mokgweetsi Masisi says his party is the only growing one in Botswana. He said this at Tsholetsa House on Thursday when he welcomed new members from the opposition parties to the BDP. Multitudes of former opposition members from Molepolole North, Gabane/Mmankgodi and Mochudi West jumped ship into the BDP this week. When welcoming them into the party Masisi – who is said to be spearheading the recruitment drive – said more members are yet to come. Masisi insisted that the next time they welcome people there will be a high level catch among them. “Just wait and see who this one will be. The person also promised to come with some more members as well,” said Masisi.
Among those who jumped ship to the BDP this time is former MP for Gabane/Mmankgodi Pius Mokgware’s campaign manager Ellen Boitshoko. Narrating the reason for her departure Boitshoko said she left because there is no love at UDC. “I thought the party was taking us somewhere but it is not. Mokgware does not show any love for us,” she said. BMD lost another member in Ivory Keke of Molepolole North who said she worked for the party with dedication for a long time. For his part Tina Diamond, who seems to be a political nomad, said there is no proper management at Botswana National Front (BNF). Diamond had joined the Botswana Congress Party (BCP). He seemed to have been irked by BCP’s cooperation agreement with other opposition parties. “I ran away from a party with no proper management and the cooperation meant will be working with them again so I decided to leave,” he said.
Masisi said people should wait for the big catch to come very soon as they are continuing to build the party. He further took a swipe at opposition parties, saying “we will continue with the recruitment drive until it cause havoc in opposition”. The party secretary general Botsalo Ntuane said three types of ways people come to BDP. “There are those who are not members of any party and volunteer to join us. There are also those who defect on their own to BDP and those that we head hunt to come to the party. Some agree some refuse but we would have tried anyway,” Ntuane.