Mma-V opens up: on herself, BDP, BPF


She has stayed away from political activism since the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) Kang elective congress held last April, 5 where she chickened out of the party presidential race at the 11th hour. This, after breaking the party tradition by challenging incumbent President Mokgweetsi Masisi. Former minister, Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi last weekend resurfaced at the BDP after creating uncertainty as to whether she was still with the party, or she had crossed over to the BDP offshoot Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF) where she was tipped to pioneer as the president. Mmegi Staff Writer RYDER GABATHUSE speaks to Venson-Moitoi in this Question and Answer session that discusses a wide range of issues

Mmegi:  First, help me understand why you had decided to go quiet post the Botswana Democratic Party elective congress last April? That is, you have not been active at the BDP, neither are you anywhere.

Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi: After the April congress, I have remained a member of the BDP and participated in all its parliamentary activities right up to the dissolution of the House. Immediately after the dissolution, I embarked on the registration and preparations for setting up the Venson Consultancy. This is the business I intend to go into to continue where I left off in 1998 after I did in-house consulting for the ANC and for GTZ in South Africa. May be you have not been seeing me, but I have been busy.

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It is also hurting that whilst we all know that the Botswana Police Service (BPS) is charged functionally with the duties to investigate all forms of crime, some locals have resorted to taking the law into their own hands. It is very wrong to do that. There is also a possibility that one may wrongfully take the life of a person in the process, unless it is a justifiable case of self-defence. Recently, in the city of Francistown, some locals found...

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