Member of Parliament for Gaborone North Haskins Nkaigwa, who recently defected from the Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) to the Alliance for Progressives (AP) has explained that his decision to dump the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) by extension, was a direction from God. He said it is meant for him to benefit from an opposition coalition cleansed by God which is to evolve before the 2019 general election. Nkaigwa, like South East District Council chairperson Phenyo Segokgo, did not join any political party within the UDC coalition when their colleagues led by Ndaba Gaolathe formed the AP. Segokgo remains undecided.
Nkaigwa remained a UDC member until he recently announced his move to AP, prompting critics to question his delayed defection, as well as reasons behind it. Speaking to this publication over the weekend, the MP who seemed well-rehearsed disclosed that people should know that he is a Christian who is controlled by the Holy Spirit before taking any major decisions in his life. “When my comrades left and formed the AP, I could not just blindly follow them since I am one person who believes in the direction of God through my spirit.
Hence I waited until God directed me to join AP which is going to effect change in this country beyond 2019,” he revealed. He continued that he harboured no ill-feelings towards his UDC colleagues but had to follow his spiritual calling from God to serve his people under the purple movement. He warned Batswana to brace themselves for a surprise change as he was informed by his spirit that a new opposition coalition cleansed by God will be born before 2019. Nkaigwa continued that Batswana do not only want Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) kicked out of power but want a new government which will bring about complete change by improving the livelihoods of citizens through handing over the economy to them and cutting down on high numbers of unemployment.
Although he is for opposition coalition, Nkaigwa explained that it is a pity that some UDC members do not have the interests of Batswana at heart but are only there to serve their own personal interests. Looking into the future and beyond, the MP explained that a lot of skeletons will tumble out of the closets, which will give birth to a new opposition alliance to take power in 2019. Nkaigwa regrets that not all in his constituency were happy about his exit from the UDC, but added that his move did not mean his service for them would be any lesser. “Those wanting me to remain in the UDC fold should know that I will still be serving and representing them at the Gaborone North constituency without any fear or favouritism. My political affiliation will not change who I am,” he vowed.