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Delivered at the 2nd Congress of the Botswana Movement for Democracy over the weekend

The resolutions you have taken over the past two years as well as the posture that their implementation took allow me to be proud to address you as President of this movement as well as Secretary General of the people's project, the Umbrella for Democratic Change.We meet here under a theme that drives us towards achieving a sense of newness for this country.  I should warn all of you dear friends that we cannot change anything in this country until we become the change we desire for this nation.  The way we talk, the way we craft our message, the way we work hard in our wards and constituencies, the way we organise our events, the way we relate with our friends and enemies should reflect this change.  The way we approach the coming elections should be different, the way our women and youth institutionalise that presence within the movement and the Umbrella should reflect the change we desire for this nation.  A message is as good as its messenger my brothers and sisters.

We need a productive, efficient and effective organisation.  At both the levels of the Movement and the Umbrella, I will focus on this organisational effectiveness.  This will include clarification of roles and clear mandates for leaders; creation of processes, standards and standardisation; a performance measurement regime as well as continuous improvement protocols.We have as the presidency of the Movement started on the clarification of roles and process standardisation.  I have detailed my Vice President to provide terms of reference for some roles that are critical for the organisation but whose mandate may not be readily lucid.  We (the new President and new Vice President you may elect) would work with the Secretariat of the Movement and other role players you will elect to ensure that we gain such organisational gravity as will live the change we would like to inspire to this nation as a political force.  We are also working with the Treasury and the National Organising Secretary in building standard planning templates to be used by all branches.  This will involve budget templates, campaign planning templates, a campaign donations log, campaign volunteer form and elections management templates.

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