Party elders caution Masisi

SHARE   |   Monday, 28 May 2018   |   By Ricardo Kanono
Balopi Balopi

Ø Accused of appointing his close associates

Ø We must condemn the playing of the tribal card – Balopi

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Some elders within the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) are said to have called on President Mokgweetsi Masisi to reduce the speed at which he wants to undo everything that his predecessor has done, especially purging those in the security agencies.

BDP Secretary General Mpho Balopi has condemned insinuations that President Masisi is appointing people from the southern part, saying it is dangerous for the country as it promotes regionalism and tribalism.

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“As the BDP we strongly condemn that we cannot allow people to play the regional and tribal card  because people are appointed on their abilities and capabilities and for some to think that it is based on the geographical area they come from is very unfortunate,” he said.

Making his point, Balopi said that the issue must be nabbed before it can tarnish the country as Batswana are interrelated.   

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Highly placed sources within the ruling party have revealed that some former army officers and party elders within the party have warned that Masisi must tread carefully with how he is treating former President Khama and handling the exit of former Directorate of Intelligence and Security Services (DISS) Director General Isaac Kgosi.

“Colonel Kgosi is more dangerous when he is outside and instead of waging unnecessary war against him the new administration should just engage him civilly,” said a former army general who preferred anonymity for fear of victimisation.

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Though they agree that a new administration would prefer its own spy chief, they contend that treating Kgosi like a criminal was not the right thing to do as he might revenge.

Kgosi was handed the dismissal letter by Permanent Secretary to the President Carter Morupisi in the company of security personnel and was searched by junior officers. This is said to have infuriated Kgosi and those close to him.

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The relationship between President Masisi and his predecessor is said to be rocky and this was exacerbated by the former’s decision to reduce the latter’s security detail. The tension between the two is said not to augur well with party elders who feel that it is not good for the party ahead of the 2019 General Elections.

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“Khama is still popular in the northern side of the country even in some parts in the south and we still need him for the 2019 general elections campaigns and as such he must be treated with the respect he deserves,” said a furious BDP elder.



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