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BDP MPs defect to opposition?

SHARE   |   Tuesday, 03 February 2015   |   By Phillimon Mmeso
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The ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) will soon lose some members of Parliament to the opposition, soon after the party was humiliated in election re-runs in  Goodhope, Moshupa West and Ngware losing in all three council wards.
Already the Member of Parliament (MP) for Nata/Gweta Paulson Majaga has confirmed to The Patriot on Sunday that he is ready to resign from BDP and join the opposition Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC). “Am ready to defect to UDC because of frustration my constituents are suffering from the government they have voted for,” said the visibly frustrated Majaga.
He said that there is total lack of development in his constituency and seems the issues are far from being addressed in the current National Development Plan 10. “There is water crisis in the whole area and Water Utilities Corporation (WUC) have literally told me that there is nothing they can do as they don’t have money, and imagine that we have school going children and lack of water means there is no learning,” he said.
The former Dukwi councilor said he refused to attend a budget workshop organised for MPs as there was nothing for his constituents. Majaga said at the time of the workshop he was consulting with  his constituents on the way forward for the crisis besieging their area.
“They promised to construct a dam in Mosetse but now we have been told it has been deferred to NDP 11 despite that NDP 10 has been extended to 2016,” he said, shaking his head in disbelieve. 
Asked if he has consulted the BDP about his defection, Majaga said he will inform the party when the time is right. Should he go through with the defection, the number of UDC legislators will increase to 18 and a total 21 MPS  for the opposition. Two other BDP MPs have hinted at the possibility of leaving the party in the near future for the oppoisition UDC due to frustrations in the ruling party.
The BDP popular vote declined from 53 to 47 per cent after the 2014 general elections.



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