DOW MAKES LAST MINUTE ENTRY INTO BDP CENTRAL COMMITTEE RACE
Former High Court Judge and BDP’s Parliamentary hopeful for Kgatleng West, Unity Dow has decided to throw a spanner in the works at the BDP Congress in Maun this weekend.
Dow who left it until Wednesday this week to declare her candidature for the position of Deputy Secretary General has expressed confidence that there is still time to convince other party members that she is the right woman for the job.
“Anything is possible, it does not matter whether I have shown my interest late,” said Dow who will be battling it out with the current Deputy SG, Bontsi Monare and Malebogo Kruger.
Asked why she left it too late Dow said she had no intention of running but bowed to persuasion from her branch which felt that the Kgatleng region needs a voice within the party structures.
“People should be voted looking at their capabilities not a lobby list
and people should vote guided by their conscience, not because somebody bought a packet of crayons for them.” she said.
“If I win, which I hope I will; I’m ready to work with anybody,” she continued.
Meanwhile Kgatleng West Secretary, Dan Molokwe said that the decision to sanction Dow was taken about two months ago at a branch congress.
“We gave her no choice because we felt that between Dow and the two other touted for the position she is the most suitable candidate.We believe our candidate has the best brains,” Said Molokwe
“Any lobby group which supports our candidate will get our vote,” he noted.
Meanwhile political analyst Lawrence Ookeditse has said that although Dow has a certain stature in public because of her career in the judiciary her political inexperience could be her downfall.
“In Dow the Kgatleng region has something to sell, but how influential are they? They are just one region out of many,” said Ookeditse.
“I just wish she had made up her mind earlier. Delegates have made up their mind by this time and she needs their influence to stand a chance of winning,” he said.
The outspoken political analyst further said that Dow’s only chance of victory is if one lobby group decided to drop a candidate to accommodate her.
“ But I don’t see that happening,” he said.