Some of Botswana Peoples’ Party (BPP) bigwigs are allegedly actively working to lure Maria Kusasa back to their party. Kusasa is a former BPP member who joined Botswana Congress Party (BCP) just before the 2014 General Elections. She represented BCP in the elections and came second to Tati East MP, Samson Guma Moyo. Highly placed sources within BPP and BCP have hinted that the BPP stalwarts have approached Kusasa and extended an olive branch to her. Under the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) constituency allocation, Tati East has been allocated to BPP. Sources from both parties claimed in separate interviews that Kusasa was being encouraged by some party stalwarts “to return home.” A BCP central committee member confirmed that some bigwigs were actively campaigning for the Kusasa to be readmitted. “BPP can recruit a member from another party like any other political party. But this should not be construed as BPP is recruiting her to stand in the forthcoming elections if ever we are engaging Mma Kusasa,” responded Molapisi. Molapisi added: “We have not officially engaged Mma Kusasa. And I cannot deny or confirm that there are people from the BPP who are talking to her. But it happens because like any other party, BPP can recruit members into the party.”
Molapisi dismissed the insinuations that BPP was recruiting Kusasa to contest for a parliamentary position in the forthcoming elections in 2019. He said the move could be just a normal “political move aimed at bolstering the party.” Molapisi sang praises songs for Kusasa. “She is an outstanding, powerful woman of repute in politics. And any political grouping would envy to have a woman of her calibre in its files and ranks. Moyo garnered 5 864 while Kusasa got 2 324 with Chibuya Kuchwe having 1 512 votes. According to Molapisi, she has previously proven to all and sundry that she has got the grasp of the BPP policies. “Remember, she has a constituency and enjoys a lot of support from the grassroots. She is not a person one can simply wish away. So it makes a lot of political sense to rope her back,” said Molapisi. Endless efforts to get a comment from Kusasa proved futile as her mobile phones were off air until press time.