Botswana People's Party (BPP) president, Motlatsi Molapisi has called on party members to demonstrate commitment to the party by working tirelessly for it.
He was speaking during the official opening of the Tati West constituency congress.
“As you are gathered here to elect a new constituency committee, you should know that politics is not about positions in the party. You should vote for the constituency committee with care. Those who have not been productive should be left out of the committee.
“As a party member, you should work even if you do not win a position in the committee today,” counselled the outgoing BPP president, who lamented that some party members disappear after losing ward, constituency, primary or general elections.
He called upon Congress to understand that politics is not about positions and further advised the party to be cautious when giving individuals positions.
“Those you vote in should not sell the organisation. Do not vote for a Marobela who will sell the BPP to the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP),” said Molapisi at the congress held in Zwenshambe.
Back in 2009, Whyte Marobela decamped to the BPP from the BCP. He later became the party president after which he entered into cooperation talks with the BDP for the BDP and BPP to form a coalition of sorts against the opposition.
Immediately after he shared what he thought was a brilliant deal with the rest of the party leadership, the BPP fired him forthwith and brought back Molapisi who had just retired from the presidency of the party.
The BPP president would like his charges to strategically target Masunga which falls within the Tati West constituency and is the administrative centre of the North-East District which hosts both the Tati West and Tati East constituencies.
During the question and answer session, a young party activist called on the party leadership to investigate why people, in general, do not join the BPP despite the fact that it has a rich history.
Like Molapisi, party veteran, Robert Morupisi decried the fact that instead of supporting the winner, party members have got the tendency to disappear after losing an internal contest.
“I come from Mosojane where Councillor Mbaakanyi Smart also comes from. I have lost primary elections against him several times but have supported him all the way. Do not leave the party after losing an election,” Morupisi said.
Smart is the Councillor for Mosojane ward. Another veteran, Rodgers Madzambe complained about the state of the party in general.
“The structures are not working, there is no recruitment drive and our leaders are not as visible as they should be. They are too silent. They need to be heard on national issues,” said Madzambe, who endorsed the suspension of Dumelang Saleshando and Goretetse Kekgonegile from the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC).