SEROWE: Former president Ian Khama on Saturday finally announced his eminent exit from the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP).
Khama was addressing a meeting in Serowe – BDP stronghold - where he is a paramount chief. He said he has taken a decision to quit the party because of “harassment and bad leadership” from his predecessor President Mokgweetsi Masisi.
“This party ya Domkrag I don’t recognize it anymore. Today kene ke tsile gole bolela gore nna ke kgaogana le Domkrag,” (I have come here today to inform you that I am quitting the BDP) said Khama before he threw off his BDP membership card to a rousing applause of hundreds that had attended the meeting.
Khama laid out his plans; with a main aim being to de-campaign selected ruling party candidates and helping some opposition candidates in the upcoming elections.
Khama’s move is expected to add a spanner into Botswana politics ahead of the October polls.