Botswana Democratic Party (BDP)’s Women Wing chairperson Dorcus Makgato has stepped up a recruitment drive that is siphoning haemorrhaging members from Botswana Congress Party (BCP), hot on the heels of party president Mokgweetsi Masisi's escapades.
Makgato and other executive committee members who are in a jovial mood have revealed that as preparations for the 2019 General Elections they have committed themselves to recruiting more women to the party as per their congressresolution. She revealed that their target has been BCP and Botswana National Front (BNF) members and their strategy is beginning to bear fruit as they welcomed over 75 women into the party.
One of the big fish that they caught is BCP Women's League Secretary General Yvonne Mogatusi who contested a council seat in Oodi (Kgatleng East) in 2014 and lost. Makgato said that chief scribe is an engine of any political organization and recruiting a person of Mogatusi’s caliber will boost morale of the party and attract more women to the BDP.
This comes hardly two months after BCP Secretary General Kentse Rammidi rejoined the BDP, a move that shocked many people across political divide. Speaking after being welcomed, Mogatusi said that one of the reasons that made her to join the ruling party was motivated by the infighting within UDC. “There is no internal democracy within the UDC and Duma Boko takes decisions without consulting other contracting partners,” she said.
BDP Secretary General Mpho Balopi rebutted allegations that most people who join the BDP have been enticed with money. “This people have joined on their own volition and will pay the subscription as per the party constitution,” he said.
In an interview recently BCP President Dumelang Saleshando said that the defections from his party to the BDP are the necessary evil as most of those who defect either have failed to pay monthly subscriptions or were inactive in the party.
Since 2014 BDP has turned BCP into their recruitment ground mostly recruiting their leaders among them the Member of Parliament for Okavango Bagalatia Arone who is currently Minister of Basic Education, former Youth league President Lotty Manyepetsa, parliamentary candidate for Gaborone Bonnington North Annah Mokgathi and Youth league Secretary General Thato Osupile among others.