No audacious quest to challenge Masisi for BDP presidency

No audacious quest to challenge Masisi for BDP presidency: PIC KENNEDY RAMOKONE
No audacious quest to challenge Masisi for BDP presidency: PIC KENNEDY RAMOKONE

Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi’s audacious 2019 quest of challenging a party president was historic, but it looks like no one is daring to do the unthinkable this time around by challenging the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) president, Mokgweetsi Masisi at the upcoming national congress.

Although it is still early with various regions having not held their committees' elections, so far, three regional committees have voiced their support for Masisi. Masisi got the shock of his life barely a year into his presidency in 2019 when one of his Cabinet members, Venson-Moitoi, stood tall and became firm and determined about her audacious quest to become the next ruling party president. Venson- Moitoi eventually chickened out in the presidential race at the 11th hour stating that she would not take part in a ‘sham’ election.

Fast forward five years later, Masisi could be cruising all the way as no challenger has emerged to depart from the BDP’s long tradition of not challenging sitting party presidents. Currently, with no other name besides Masisi’s being endorsed, there is a possibility that Masisi might not be challenged in the upcoming congress. However, it is yet to be seen if someone would write to inform the party through the secretary-general (SG) three months before the presidential election. The BDP is expected to hold its congress after its manifesto launch which might happen in May, 2024. The party has 14 regions and some have not yet held their regional congresses. The three regions which have endorsed President Masisi are Western, Central and South West. It has since become clearer that the BDP has begun preparations for its national congress, as some regions want Masisi to retain his position as party president and once again lead the party to the general election in October this year. As per the BDP constitution, the party's president is to be elected every five years.

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