Joins Molefhi’s lobby I speak revival, transformation - Kgathi

Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) Deputy Secretary General Shaw Kgathi who is vying to head the secretariat has joined forces with Nonofo Molefhi in a contest expected to be fierce.

Molefhi’s lobby group was revealed this week Monday where the likes of Specially-Elected MP Dr. Unity Dow and Tebelelo Seretse feature for Deputy Secretary General and Deputy Treasurer. Seretse was the BDP 2019 National Campaign Chairperson, an experience believed to boost Molefhi’s campaign.

Kgathi will go head-to-head with Kavis Kario for the secretary general position which is currently held by MP for Gaborone North Mpho Balopi. Kario is in Vice President and party chairman Slumber Tsogwane’s lobby group which has the backing of President Mokgweetsi Masisi.

Democrats will next week decide on who should lead the party in the build-up to the 2024 general election. Kgathi who has since fallen out of favour with the party leadership believes in his new lobby group, saying it is a perfect journey to take to revive the BDP.

Kgathi says the strategy is centred around revival and transformation. He argues that revival signifies the renewal of things or life and uplifting the mindset and transformation speaks to reorganisation, mindset, habits, and practices change.

According to Kgathi, his major task is to rebuild the confidence that the people had lost in the Party, rebuild the structures and strengthen the existing and re-energising and; lead the transformation agenda of the only party that can better lead Batswana.

“I promise to bring vast experience in serving the party. Such experience comes from my Public Service career, having gone through the ranks of educational leadership as a Teacher, Senior Teacher, Deputy School head and eventually Director of Sport and Recreation," he said.

Kgathi, who is a former Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture as well as Defence and Security, has set himself 10 targets to deliver should he emerge victorious.

First and foremost is to revive and re-energise party structures for the 2024 General Election; ensure that the Party Central Committee guides Government policy and; promote transparency, inner party democracy and good governance.

In recent events, the BDP has been losing to the opposition giants in Council wards by-elections, something which the incoming Secretary General Kgathi says he will look into in preparation for the

next coming general election in 2024.

“The BDP 2019 Election manifesto has promised Batswana a better life under its leadership. Following its victory in the 2019 General Election, the Party together with the Government has been working hard to ensure that it implements and fulfils the promises to its electorates.

“To this end, the BDP-led Government has amended a good number of pieces of legislation and policies in order to enable inclusion and participatory involvement in Governance and the economy.

It ensured that it brings together all Democrats to support the Government in this exercise,” said Kgathi, who has vowed to never back down even following his recent clash with Tsogwane and his

supporters in a BDP meeting in Francistown.

He explained that as part of his strategy, he also looks to; promote consultation and collective responsibility; Establish Party Performance Monitoring Mechanisms and Ensure a culture of discipline, accountability and ethical conduct at all levels of the party structures.

“I will promote continuity and progressive leadership development within the party; accelerate the commencement of the Party School to promote leadership mentorship; Promote the Party as a Global Political Force and; Promote the Party as the sole alternative for Botswana in 2024 and beyond”.

Kgathi has previously served as a member of the Central Committee Sub-Committees of Communications, National Strategy and currently as the Deputy Secretary General since 2017.