Botswana Democratic Party Vice President, Mokgweetsi Masisi yesterday welcomed 123 members from opposition parties.
Among the new members were Botswana National Front’s (BNF) former Kanye District comissioner Jeffrey Serebolo, and outspoken former BNF activist Pule Letebele.
Both Letebele and Serebolo together with Lewatle Kgosiyareng, Jacob Dikuelo, former legislator Mokgweetsi Kgosipula, Gaopalelwe Mooki, Rakhinyisa Motswasele, David Motlhatlhedi, Kitso Toister and Moses Kajane were among disgruntled BNF members who challenged the legitimacy of Duma Boko’s membership at BNF two years ago.
Their case was watered down following the withdrawal of the principal applicant in the matter, Tona Mooketsi.
Mooketsi’s withdrawal discredited the sincerity of the applicants’ affidavit and the court ruled that it would be futile for the applicants to rely on documentary evidence that was questioned by the owner.
In his acceptance speech Serebolo who came with his family members to also join the party, said he was committed to recruiting more members for the ruling party. “I am not here for any top position but to assist in recruiting more members for BDP,” said Serebolo.
For his part Letebele told the BDP rally that he would never drop his case over the BNF leader’s membership to the party which, he says, he has proof that it was fraudulently obtained.
When welcoming the members, Masisi urged BPD followers to intensify recruitment from opposition parties. “Our target should be the youth, I sometimes attend youthful events so as to try to recruit them, befriend the youth and recruit everybody,” said Masisi.
The Vice President also revealed that investigations into alleged hackings of Sebina councillor Kemmonye Amon and Assistant Minister of Education Fidelis Molao’s facebook accounts pointed towards Botswana Congress Party. “Ba bopile kgomo ya mmopa ya ba ya lela, there is no truth in that cooked up conversation,” he said.
Masisi also advised new members against the dangers of fighting over leadership positions.