Francistown — The leader of Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) President Mokgweetsi Masisi undertook a walkabout along the street of Moselewapula ward in Francistown West Constituency to woe prospective voters to vote for Mr Gilbert Boikhutso, a BDP Council candidate for Moselewapula ward during May 19, Council ward bye-election.
The council ward fell vacant after the death of councillor Lechedzani Mudenga in January.
President Masisi's walkabout took him to extension 25, 26 and 28 in Moselewapula ward and appealed to the electorate to vote for Mr Boikhutso.
He described the BDP as the only party capable of improving the living standards of Batswana, saying voting for opposition parties would be a waste of time because the parties had failed Batswana many times.
President Masisi said the BDP Council candidate Mr Boikhutso had proven to be an asset to the party because he had done a lot in improving the living standards of the people of
Moselewapula ward.He said his party was very much concerned about lack of unemployment amongst the youth, adding that issues pertaining to lack of street lights in
Moselewapula ward as well as neglected children could be well addressed if they voted for Mr Boikhutso.
However, he complained that there was still character assassination amongst fellow democrats adding that those who lost in the Bulela Ditswe primary elections should support those who won in order to move forward.
He said Bulela Ditswe was not meant to destroy but to build the party for future progress.
The President appealed to fellow democrats to work overtime and recruit more members into the party for the BDP to retain the ward on Saturday.
He refuted as false allegations that his party used underhand tactics such as buying votes.
President Masisi said Batswana continued to vote for the BDP because the party leadership continued to preach the gospel of good governance as well as fulfilling their promises.
He acknowledged that Batswana continued to experience life challenges, noting that it was only the BDP led government that could alleviate them from those challenges.
He said government would continue to develop them despite a limited budget due to the 2008 economic downturn.
President Masisi was accompanied by the BDP secretary general, Mr Mpho Balopi, MP for Mmadinare Mr Kefentse Mzwinila and other senior party members.
Source : BOPA