BDP North West Congress To Be Held After Easter Holidays?

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The Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) North West congress originally scheduled to have been take place on the 23rd March has now been planned to be conducted immediately after the easter holidays. The decision comes in the wake of a highly anticipated address by BDP Chairperson, Slumber Tsogwane to parliamentary and regional committee candidates.

According to close sources within the party, in his address Tsogwane emphasised the party’s commitment to inclusive governance, unity, and the empowerment of local communities. His words are said to have resonated with the audience, many of whom came from traditional communities, the bedrock of BDP support.

The source further revealed that the chairperson highlighted the importance of grassroots engagement and the need for prospective MPs and Regional Committee candidates to be attuned to the challenges faced by their constituents. “Our party,” he declared, “is not just about winning elections; it’s about transforming lives,” the source said.

Meanwhile, sources within the party believe the decision to defer the North West Congress was made after careful consideration, indicating that party officials cited several reasons for the postponement, among them, the easter holidays which were fast approaching.

With the Easter break underway, many party members were engaged in family gatherings and festivities, therefore postponing the congress ensured broader participation.

Another school of thought was that of strategic timing. The BDP leadership believes that a well-prepared congress, held at an opportune moment, will yield more effective outcomes. The additional time allows for thorough deliberations and candidate evaluations.

According to an insider the closed-door meeting held at a Maun Lodge, aimed to engage party members on critical issues related to protecting party interests and ensuring adherence to the party’s laws and constitution was successful, indicating that the meeting served as a crucial stage in preparing for the upcoming party primaries and the 2024 general elections.

BDP Secretary General Kavis Kario emphasised the confidentiality of the in-house party meeting led by the party Chairman, stating that details cannot be disclosed to the media. However, Kario assured that the congress date announcement will be made in due course.

Meanwhile elective congresses across various regions went ahead as planned. The Western region, South East, and Central managed to host their congress in which they endorsed President Mokgweetsi Masisi as the party’s presidential towards the 2024 general elections.

As the ruling party since Botswana’s independence, the BDP faces the challenge of maintaining its dominance amidst a growing opposition and calls for change. The elective congresses provide a platform for party members to voice their opinions and elect leaders who will guide the BDP in the years ahead.

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