South East South MP, Odirile Motlhale defected to the Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) yesterday, saying that he is fed up with intolerance from the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) leadership.
The MP, speaking at a press conference in Ramotswa, said he is not leaving the BDP because of factionalism.
"My defection has nothing to do with factionalism. I realised that the BDP leadership had no intention of addressing the disquiet in the party.
The party was and is still divided," he said. The legislator added that as a representative of the people, he has grown tired of being forced to toe the party line in Parliament against issues that would benefit his constituents.Motlhale said he has a duty to his constituents to present their views and debate issues touching on their lives.
That is why he does not like orders from the BDP leadership to kill motions by opposition MPs, "just because it is from the opposition.
I believe I have something to say and that I should be listened to, that is why I decided to ditch the BDP for BMD, for this is a movement that believes everyone has a voice.
I know if I was to differ with
He worked for the party until he stood for elections and lost in 2004 and later won in 2009. "I took time to defect to the BMD because I was still consulting my constituents. The consultation is on-going as we speak," he said.
Meanwhile, two BDP South East councillors Boiki Gaseitsiwe (Ramotswa Central) and Bashen Seitshiro (Tlokweng) also announced their defection to the BMD. "We are running away from dictatorship at the BDP. As a BDP councillor just like MPs, we were not allowed to say anything that the party disapproves. This makes it difficult to represent the people who voted us," said Gaseitsiwe.
Seitshiro said the BDP used to be a good until the ascendance of President Ian Khama to the party presidency. "Ke paletswe ke go emela seemo seo," he said.