There is a new dawn for the BDP
Botswana Democratic Party’s (BDP) latest returnee, Kentse Rammidi says his former home, the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) is not being ready to rule.
In an interview with The Voice immediately after being welcomed back, the former Botswana Congress Party (BCP) Secretary General insisted the country’s collection opposition parties were not mature enough to handle coalition politics.
“Maybe God willing if at one time they bite the bullet and decide to have a formidable one opposition party with one structure, one objective, maybe they would start competing meaningfully with the ruling party but not now.”
The former Member of Parliament for Kanye North said that with the current arrangement, UDC should forget about taking over government.
“It cannot happen, they have to deal away with colours, slogans and form one strong opposition party. I don’t want to dwell much on what is happening in the UDC because I gave my five years to it with full energy and it has been a worthwhile experience,” Rammidi said.
When asked about his sour relationship with former President, Ian Khama, Rammidi said he had a problem with the whole administration and did not want to single out any individual.
“I never like to individualise people in an institution because I expect people to work as a collective. Yes back then I had a problem with the BDP as an institution and like South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa would say, “This is a new dawn!” he said.
Rammidi noted that the BDP’s vote count had diminished in recent General Elections, which he described as a ‘protest’ by displeased voters.
“I am hopeful that the ruling party will be back to its values, principles and humility days that it had lost in the past,” he said, adding that although he was on a self-imposed exile, the BDP never gave up on him.
“My friends like Fidelis Molao kept on pleading with me to come back,” he revealed.