Majadibodu quits BCP

Ditiro Majadibodu
Ditiro Majadibodu

FRANCISTOWN: Former Botswana Congress Party (BCP) parliamentary candidate for Nata-Gweta, Ditiro Majadibodu has left the party to focus on his consultancy business.

Majadibodu said that he emailed his resignation letter to the party’s deputy secretary general, Tshegofatso Raditlhokwa on Monday.

In a letter dated August 10, Majadibodu said that he was leaving the party to concentrate on personal commitments.

“I quit the BCP to focus solely on my business which needs my attention to grow. I will have chosen to be an ordinary member, but I cannot do that at BCP. I have been an active member of the party for so many years and to assume a backbench position would not have been ideal for me. I would have also attracted negativity if I assumed a backbench position,” he said yesterday.

His departure from the party follows recent denials on his part, that he was in the process of leaving the BCP.

He also dismissed allegations that he had left the party to join the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP).

“I am not ruling out joining the BDP because I do not have a political party now and politics is a very dynamic game,” he said.

Majadibodu added that he does not know when he would return to active politics.

“All I can say is that I will definitely return to politics one day.  If I am to join any party I would like to be just an ordinary member,” he said.

When asked why he is leaving the party at a time when an audiotape linking him to the BDP was leaked he responded: “It is just a coincidence that I am leaving the party at a time when the tape has been leaked.  In fact, I have been busy listening to the tape.  I only listened to the audio today on radio”.Sources close to Majadibodu said that he is in the process of joining the BDP in a bid to position himself to challenge the Nata-Gweta constituency at the 2019 general elections.

“A lot of people have been pleading with me to contest the elections under the BDP stable, but like I said for now I want to focus on my business. If my business is at a level I want it to be and dynamics favour me, maybe in future I will challenge for the elections,” he said.

He also shot down speculation that he had quit because he was not happy with some members of the party leadership who he felt disenfranchised him at the recent elective congress. “I do not have a problem with the BCP.  It will also not be ideal for me to talk ill of the party when I have left,” he explained. BCP spokesperson Dithapelo Keorapetse told Mmegi yesterday that the party is yet to receive Majadibodu’s letter. “I only learnt about his resignation when he gave an interview on radio today,” he said. He added that the party would make a conclusive statement once it has received Majadibodu’s resignation letter.

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