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- BDP on overdrive mode to wrestle region from opposition
- Masisi champions BDP membership drive in the region
- Masisi has another busy schedule in NW this weekend
- The region engage party veterans for guidance
- Opposition moves swiftly to counter BDP campaigns
It appears President Mokgweetsi Masisi has acceded to calls made by the BDP North West Region for his support in their desperate attempt to wrestle control of the region from the opposition. Masisi has recently led spirited campaigns in the region, with two already done in Okavango and Ngami constituencies, and more billed for Maun East and West constituencies.
Masisi will next month champion the party’s membership drive in both the Maun East and West constituencies where the party is expected to welcome more than one thousand members from both constituencies.
In December, Masisi visited party structures in the Okavango and Ngami constituencies were he welcomed new members from the opposition.
BDP North West Regional chairman Reaboka Mbulawa has since confirmed that they are working closely with the party President to win all the five North West constituencies in the 2024 general elections. Of the five constituencies in the region, only Chobe is in the hands of the BDP.
According to Mbulawa, Masisi will visit the Maun constituencies in a date yet to be confirmed, and the recruitment drive will then extend to Chobe.
Mbulawa noted that the party has welcomed 300 members during their inaugural drive in Gudigwa on the 22nd December 2022 and 214 new members in Eretsha village on the 23rd December 2022.
“Our region is working closely with the party President to regain all the five constituencies in our region,” Mbulawa said.
It is also widely believed that President Masisi will further use his presence in the region this weekend to further the party’s mission to recruit members. Masisi will today officially open the Maun International Airport, and will tomorrow officially another mega project in Okavango which is the Mohembo Bridge.
Mbulawa has further revealed that in their efforts regain the constituencies, the region has further launched operation ‘Tsosoloso’ in which they will engage party veterans to guide them on how they managed to have the region under the control of the ruling party.
“Through self-introspection after losing the constituencies to the opposition we realised that during the 2014 general elections, we left out the party veterans, so by going back to our roots we will be able to see where we lost it,” Mbulawa said.
However, Mbulawa has indicated that engaging party veterans does not mean they will leave out the youth, and other sections of the electorates. He highlighted that central committee includes newly nominated members from the region being Nonny Wright who is representing the youth and BDP veteran Matilda Betia.
Mbulawa believes that the party is on the right track to regain the region indicating that they have already completed rebuilding party structures – cells, wards, branches and the region.
He refuted allegations that the region is embroiled in internal divisions assuring that newly elected regional committee is united adding that their unity has borne fruits in recruiting new members.
Meanwhile the Botswana Congress Party is also countering the BDP campaigns, having indoor meetings and held rallies in the Okavango and Ngami constituencies last weekend. The party’s secretary general, Goretetse Kekgonegile said the engagements were also meant to update party structures on their relationship status with the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC).