Former Tonota Member of Parliament (MP), Pono Pearson Moatlhodi has showered praises on the President Mokgweetsi Masisi describing the educationist, as the embracer of dialogue with the masses.
Despite the many years that have passed, Moatlhodi is still hurting from the treatment meted out on him by former President Ian Khama and his circle of friends, who masterminded an ouster to replace the man know to his followers as triple P. Khama's close associate Thapelo Olopeng has since replaced Moatlhodi as Tonota MP, after the latter fled in humiliation to join the opposition Botswana National Front (BNF). Clearly in reference to controversial circumstances which forced him to leave BDP, after he complained in Parliament that Khama was militarising the civil service by appointing his former colleagues at BDF barracks, Moatlhodi took a swipe at political leaders who forget that opinions of the masses should be respected. “Party members are the backbone of any political grouping. But some leaders tend to forget that,” bemoaned Moatlhodi, without specific reference.
“Masisi is on the right track. And he is taking the BDP where it belongs. The party belongs to the people and Masisi is consulting with the masses. We are no longer in the Adolf Hitler era and we have adopted the Westminster approach of leadership,” he quipped, clearly taking a pot shot at Khama's rule.
Responding to questions from The Patriot on Sunday about suggestions that he is about to rejoin the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP), Moatlhodi downplayed the prospects of retracing his steps back to domkrag.
Allegations have been flying thick and fast that the former deputy Speaker of the National Assembly has recently encountered some financial challenges and the BDP pounced trying to exploit his circumstances to lure him back to the ruling party. Moatlhodi had a default judgement issued against him recently by the Francistown High Court in a matter between him and Botswana Building Society (BBS). Pursuant to a judgment granted by the Francistown High Court, Moatlhodi and his company Ponoris (Pty) Ltd, which he co-owns with one Iris Khae Moatlhodi, are set to lose a plot measuring 1 000 square metres in Francistown. A legal notice published recently, announced that a piece of land being Lot 9755 which is situated Francistown is scheduled to be sold by public auction to the highest bidder on Saturday (May 5, 2018) .
It is against this background that Moatlhodi is allege to be seriously considering to decamp to the BDP, sources said. Sources within the BDP and opposition ranks allege that the ruling party is using the same strategy against many other politicans they are targetting for recruitment, among them former Botswana Congress party (BCP) Secretary General who was welcomed back into the BDP fold on Wednesday.
When contacted for a comment on Friday morning, Moatlhodi dismissed suggestions that he is on his way back to the BDP. He, however, confirmed that a lot of his old and new friends within the BDP are recruiting him day and night. According to Moatlhodi, many within the BDP value him the most and view him as a priced asset when it comes to local politics. “I jumped ship because I felt that the BDP under the Khama administration was not all encompassing,” said Moatlhodi, claiming that many in the BDP are aware that he is a worthy politician.