Balopi chickens out

Delaying tactic: Balopi has not yet resigned from the BDP SG post PIC: THALEFANG CHARLES
Delaying tactic: Balopi has not yet resigned from the BDP SG post PIC: THALEFANG CHARLES

The Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) secretary-general, Mpho Balopi has told the party caucus that he will not be defending his position again in the upcoming party congress.

The BDP is scheduled to hold its congress in July this year. The relationship between two powerful BDP stalwarts, President Mokgweetsi Masisi and his former cabinet member and secretary-general Balopi, has broken down irretrievably. “It is true, I won’t be contesting. But I am not in a position to discuss this further. I will when it is appropriate to do so,” said Balopi on Tuesday in an interview.

Last year, Balopi resigned from his ministerial position and was allegedly asked to also resign from the SG post as well but he decided to delay handing his resignation as anticipated. However, insiders have informed Mmegi that if push comes to shove, Balopi might resign from his parliamentary post because he feels that party members, especially at the leadership level, are pushing him out. The insiders revealed that the party leadership do not trust Balopi anymore and that is why some decisions are taken without his involvement.

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