This follows media reports detailing how former President Festus Mogae castigated Venson Moitoi for taking a decision to challenge Masisi.
In a veiled response to Mogae’s criticism of her decision, Venson Moitoi stated that “I do not believe that this journey will be easy. I expect to be challenged, criticised and worse.”
She added: “But that is the basis of why am doing this. As my question is simply; why can I not do this? I am not experienced enough. Do I not have the right temperament; do I act out of emotion when the pressure is on? Do I not have a reputation of being a peacemaker?”
For the first time in history, the leader of BDP will be challenged at the party’s elective congress scheduled for March this year.
Should Venson-Moitoi defeat Masisi as the party president, she would automatically become Botswana’s first female President.
But Mogae was quoted as saying Botswana is not yet ready for a female president.