Khama`s Ideas Can Only Polarise BDP

source: The Botswana Gazette
Written by Botswana Gazette online
Thursday, 09 April 2009 00:00

This commentary argues that the proposed arrangement by President Seretse Khama Ian Khama that members of the Central Committee of the ruling party will not be appointed into Cabinet, will only serve to further polarise the warring factions within the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP).

It is argued here that, the arrangement, which is in contrast with what obtains in other political parties elsewhere, is undemocratic and flawed. Constitutionally, the president, as the head of the executive, selects into Cabinet those politicians he will work most closely with.

In most cases, if a politician wants to make progress from Backbench to Cabinet, that politician will have to impress the president. Those members of the Cabinet who do not succeed in their posts are usually dismissed during the Cabinet reshuffles.
Khama maintains that “…party positions should be spread amongst our membership…” and that “…party committees, including the Central Committee should, especially in [continue reading]


  1. KHAMA thinks that if his Cabinet ministers hold ALSO high party positios,they will NOT do their job properly( I am using Ian Khama’s words as I know how he express himself).

    KHAMA IS PERFECTIONIST LIKE MOST GERMANS…

    “in der Beschränkung zeigt sich erst der Meister”…said Goethe(the great German poet).

    On the other hand,as the comentator here says,the party

    members know the best the needs of a country…which issues should be discussed in the Assembly a.s.o.

    Therefore it is a double-aged sword.

    If the party positions are not paid,why should not members be part of the Cabinet?






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