The newly appointed chairman of Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) communications and International Relations committee, Shaw Kgathi, has assured members of the media that his party will come out strongly in the 2019 general elections.
Addressing members of the media on Wednesday afternoon, Kgathi – who is also the Minister of Defence, Justice and Security – admitted that BDP performed badly in the 2014 general elections attributing that to disgruntlement among party members.
“We want to assure our voters that like we did in 2004 after the opposition captured their highest numbers of seats in 1999 general elections, we can still reverse some of our lost seats that went to the opposition in last year’s elections,” said the Bobonong MP.
BDP’s electoral system known as Bulela Ditswe has been blamed as the root cause of the party’s poor performance and Kgathi revealed that former cabinet minister Peter Siele has been appointed to chair a committee that will re-evaluate the system.
Kgathi said 2015 is a busy year for the BDP as they have a lot of activities lined up. Last week the party held its national youth wing council elective congress in Masunga and next month the BDP will hold a national council, followed by the national women’s wing congress in Lobatse in April and elective congress in July.
“We are going to hold elective congress in Mmadinare and hope it will be the most peaceful one,” he said. He acknowledged that some of the congresses or meetings will have people vying for positions of leadership which brings about challenges of discipline and political rivalry that needs to be managed.