Vice-President Eric Masisi is worried that Assistant Minister of Health, Dr Alfred Madigela might defect to the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC).
Masisi has already communicated with Madigela regarding the allegations of the alleged defection. Last week Thursday Madigela was summoned to the Office of the President (OP) to explain the rumour. He confirmed in a telephone interview that his bosses at OP were indeed worried about him.
“You are the second person to ask me if I am defecting to the UDC. The first person was VP Masisi. He asked me last week Thursday if what he is being told about me defecting was true. He told me he was travelling out of the country on official business and when he comes I will have to explain myself,” said Madigela.
He said he was shocked to learn from Masisi about the said defection. “I am worried that the VP had to be the first to ask me and then you. If the VP thinks I am thinking of defecting then President Ian Khama is also in the know,” he said.
Madigela then went on to explain that his association with UDC is through his friends, Tshiamo Rantao and Percy Bakwena. “Tshiamo and Percy are my friends since our school days in Lobatse.
I hang out with them often and we have a mutual understanding that I am a democrat and they are in the opposition. They have never recruited me. Besides, it has never crossed my mind that I could leave the BDP.” he said.
When asked why the VP had to summon him to his office for a rumour, he said, “There was a time when UDC leader, Duma Boko made a statement in parliament that I was the only honest member of Cabinet.
I was not in parliament but I understand that the statement was misinterpreted by many colleagues from both parliament and Cabinet. It has created enemies for me in my party. I am still trying to figure out who told the VP such lies,” he said.
BDP Secretary General Botsalo Ntuane said there is no way Madigela could defect to the UDC. “Madigela is one of the intelligent persons we have in cabinet and I doubt if he has any intentions of defecting to UDC. He is in cabinet, what will he be looking for in the opposition? Look, BDP is not in a crisis.
We have never lost any seat after 2014 general elections and it shall remain likewise until 2019,” Ntuane said.