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Khama rebukes members for betraying BDP
October 13, 2004
12 October, 2004

FRANCISTOWN - The Chairperson of the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) Ian Khama Seretse Khama has rebuked BDP members who "are betraying the party by assisting opposition parties" in forthcoming general elections because they lost in the party's primary elections.

Khama was speaking at a BDP political rally in the Francistown South constituency on Saturday. Khama said the party would appoint a post election commission of inquiry to investigate any cheating by its members.

Kgama's warning comes in the wake of allegations that some BDP members who lost in the party's primary elections have been bribed by the opposition to vote for them during the general election.

The BDP Chairman called on members to be united throughout the election period and beyond, emphasising that if anyone deceived the party by casting a vote for the opposition they would be kicked out of the BDP.

He conceded that once the opposition gains a council or parliamentary seat it would be difficult for the BDP to regain it, and therefore called on the Democrats to go to the polls and vote.

Khama called on all candidates to address the interests of voters once elected, adding that voters should be treated equally irrespective of party affiliation, their social status or any other affiliation.

He appealed to the rally to vote for the BDP in large numbers, saying opposition party leaders have not vision and therefore could not managed the country's resources.

Khama praised President Mogae for his leadership, which has made Batswana a proud and united nation. BOPA


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