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‘Masisi front runner in BDP Chairmanship race’

Publishing Date : 22 June, 2015

Author : UTLWANANG GASENNELWE

Vice President Mokgweetsi Masisi


As the race for the BDP Chairman heats up, Vice President Mokgweetsi Masisi is said to have emerged the front runner. Vice President Masisi, a late entrant into the ace, is said to have strong support of President Khama and also that of former Presidents Sir Ketumile Masire and Festus Mogae.

He also reportedly has the support of the majority of members of parliament and councillors and is alleged to also be leading in the on-going battle for delegates.


While Vice President Masisi refused to comment, one of his campaign team members was willing to shed more light on their strategy and the developments so far. “I do not want you to use my name sir since the party does not want us to do interviews but I must tell you that the message from the field has been simple. Our people are saying they will not let the Vice President lose an internal election. Besides that, Masisi has been preaching unity and this is what our people want to hear”, she said.


He added that while there has been negative campaigning from some camps in efforts to discredit the Vice President, he has emphasised that they are all members of the same party and he will not be dragged into any political mudslinging.

“People must bear in mind that he is Vice President of the country and is not going to go around attacking fellow democrats like some have done on radio and the papers”, the influential BDP woman said. A part of Masisi’s strategy has been to stay away from media interviews and rather focus on the electoral college of 1200 voters.


Vice President Masisi has overwhelming support across the county. Kweneng region is said to be firmly behind Masisi and so are the Southern, South-East, BOMASE, LETSWAPO, North East, Francistown and Western regions. The Gaborone region meanwhile is divided as part of it remains undecided on the chairmanship but both Gaborone South and Gaborone North are in support of him.


Meanwhile, Gaborone Central and Gaborone Bonington North and South remain undecided and likely will support whomever their preferred choice for Secretary General, Botsalo Ntuane, will support. It has however has also emerged that Masisi has support of the largest region of the BDP, Central region, and this has worked against the campaigns of both Tebelelo Seretse and Ramadeluka Seretse who now do not have the support of their home regions.


Also, it appears Vice President Masisi faces challenges in the Tswapong area where there has been questions over who his preferred choice for Secretary General is given that Dorcus Makgato is thought to support Botsalo Ntuane.


Meanwhile, a couple of branch chairpersons and secretaries declined to comment citing the controversial gag from the BDP Central Committee.

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