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Crippled BMD not filling vacant posts

Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) will not fill vacant positions that were created by resignations of some party members.

The notable positions include that of the Vice President that came after resignation of Dr Tlamelo Mmatli, Women’s League President, Rhoda Sekgororoane and National Organising Secretary, Freddie Ramodise.

When addressing members of the media this week, the party Chairman, Nehemiah Modubule said that they were not going to fill the post until a party congress which will be held in July.

Although there has been a circular about BMD Secretary General, Gilbert Mangole having been appointed as Ambassador to South Africa, Modubule dismissed knowledge of such an appointment.

“We are not aware of his appointment and even if he is appointed we will not fill his post but allow the Deputy Secretary to act until congress.”

The former Member of Parliament for Lobatse said that his party learnt a lesson from their experience with the Umbrella for Democratic Change who fired them from the coalition.

“One of the lessons learnt is that in our anxiety to meet public clamour for an opposition united around Moono, we neglected to grow and consolidate our own movement. We devoted all our energies to building the UDC into the force it became. The expulsion from the UDC proved fatal to our chances of doing well during general elections.”

He said that they will do now what they would have done in 2012 and grow and consolidate the BMD so that if it should in the future forge an alliance with other parties, it will be strong enough to hold its own in any election.

“We will for the next three to four years be growing and consolidating our membership, establishing and strengthening structures in constituencies and regions and preparing to be a force to be reckoned with in the 2024 elections alone or with an alliance.”

“We rushed into the alliance politics and that was a mistake, we will not repeat it,” he added.

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