As Gaborone quits BNF to rejoin his original party
The ruling Botswana Democratic Party is all smiles following the coming back home of South East North MP Olebile Gaborone who has been with the opposition Botswana National Front since 2002.
He left BDP in that year after a fallout with the government when he was pushed out of Botswana Telecommunications Corporation.
“The BDP recognizes (Honourable) Gaborone’s contribution to nation building while in opposition and is delighted that he will add value and galvanize the BDP programmes. His illustrious career as a public servant and a politician speaks volumes,’’ said BDP’s executive secretary, Batlang Serema in a statement on Wednesday.
Gaborone, who is the former president of BNF left the party citing lack of transparency and disregard of the constitution by allowing current president Duma Boko, who was widely considered a newcomer into the party to stand for the highest office.
When former BNF president, Otsweletse Moupo’s presidential term came to an end, Gaborone ran for the office but withdrew his candidature at the eleventh hour following threats of violence at the party’s congress in Mochudi.
Since then there has been wide speculation about his stay at the BNF and it has since come to an end as he has gone back to his original party, a move gladly welcomed by the ruling party.
“The BDP and all its members welcome Rre Gaborone. Tsholetsa Domkraga! We urge all BDP members to converge in Mahalapye on November 13 and welcome Gaborone and many other new members.
“We continue to urge all serious, Batswana who want to see this country reach greater heights of development to join the BDP and spread the message of the party, which simply put is to improve the life of Batswana,’’ said Serema.
Meanwhile Gaborone’s defection now means that BNF MPs in parliament are five, the same number with the Botswana Congress Party (BCP). This leaves the Botswana Movement for Democracy( BMD) as the leading opposition in the august house with six MPs five of whom were elected under the ruling party ticket.