“As a party we have talked for quite some time, close to 10 years now, about a Party School. IT IS TIME TO IMPLEMENT” Lesang Magang advised.
Magang believes that lack of political education is the main reason why commitees are in shambles, and why most of the democrats fail to defend their party. Proper political education would empower both leaders and and activists according to Magang.
“When we EMPOWER the Branches with education we also LIBERATE THEM TO SPEAK THEIR MINDS and bring their ideas to the table.”Lesang Magang
According to Magang, lower structures need to be empowered. They need to be given power to run the structures they lead/represent without being frustrated by external powers. Magang says there are reports that some individuals who happen to have close contact with members of the Central Committee continue to undermine and micromanage lower structures. That is despite the fact that those individuals are not part of the said commitees.
“So now, let’s Empower (em)POWER . Let’s ensure that the power entrusted to these structures is handed back to them. Let’s honour the letter of their functions as enshrined in the Party Constitution. No, I’m not suggesting that the structures somehow don’t ‘exist’ as it’s usually said. That is not what I’m saying”
The strength of the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP), Magang says, comes from comes from it’s lower structures. Lower structures being wards, branches and regions. These, according to Magang are the core of the BDP.
Ever since declaring his candidacy for BDP Central Committee, Magang has been very vocal on how the BDP needs to be revived. He hopes to be voted in as a Secretary General, the Elective Congress has however been delayed by the Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
The BDP has suffered severe attacks on Social Media platforms ever since the cold war between the Former President His Excellency Lt. Gen. Dr. Seretse Khama Ian Khama and his successor His Excellency the President Dr. Mokgweetsi E.K Masisi began. The cold war led to the second break away party from the BDP, the Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF) formed by Khama and his disgruntled followers.