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Crippled BMD not filling vacant posts

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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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UDC MPs to elect new opp chief whip

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They can go ahead- Moathodi

Members of Parliament for Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) have had enough of their dramatic Opposition Chief Whip, Pono Moatlhodi.

In fact the UDC MPS are so fed up with the charismatic MP’s theatrics in parliament that they are ready to replace him.

Speaking to this publication, five UDC MPs who asked for their names to be withheld complained bitterly that Moatlhodi was often rude, inconsiderate and biased towards them.

“When our views are divergent to the views of the BDP, Moatlhodi takes the ruling party’s side. We have turned into BDP’s laughing stock because of his ridiculous shouting.”

The MPs further alleged that the MP for Tonota’s apparent love for the BDP was not only annoying but also counter productive.

His behavior seems to have pushed his colleagues to the edge as they have even gone as far as reporting him to their Leader of Opposition, Dumelang Saleshando so he could call him to order.

Giving an example of how Moathlodi was working against them, one UDC MP said that when they had demanded to know who had authority at the Ministry of Agriculture between the Minister, Edwin Dikoloti and his Assistant, Beauty Manake as the two had given parliament different and contradicting answers, instead of waiting for government to provide an answer, Moatlhodi stood up and trivialised the UDC’s question, accusing them of being playful.

“When he acted as Deputy Speaker a week ago, he reprimanded one of us using unparliamentarily language and he is always in disagreement with UDC motions and presentations,” said another MP who went further and gave an example of how Moatlhodi had been up against Taolo Lucas’s motion on Social Justice Commission being put to a vote.

DISMISSIVE: Saleshando

“We approached Saleshando three weeks ago during our caucus complaining about Moatlhodi’s behavior and the way he lashes out at us during debates but to our disappointment, Saleshando has decided to sit on our message and not act. We are not taking this lightly and when we come in for the winter session in July we will be having a new opposition chief whip, we cannot continue with someone who doesn’t respect us,” said one MP.

“Whether he decides to leave the Umbrella after we remove him from the seat or he remains a UDC member is up to him, we don’t care about that, we will select a new opposition chief whip, ” added another fed up MP.

However, the leader of opposition has denied claims that Moatlhodi has been reported to him. “I would have acted on it had I been approached but they haven’t done that,” he said.

Meanwhile, Moathodi said that the MPs could go ahead and do whatever they wanted. Before joining the UDC in 2014, PPP as Moatlhodi is fondly known was a BDP member who even became a Deputy Speaker in Parliament.

He then resigned and joined opposition ranks after accusing the BDP of failing to address his grievances following his loss to Thapelo Olopeng in the party’s primary party elections.

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Plot to overthrow GC mayor exposed

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MAYEPETSA FINGERED AS MASTERMIND

A dubious plan by a group of Botswana Democratic Party councilors to overthrow Gaborone City Council Mayor, Father Maphongo has been exposed.

The group, which is allegedly led by none other than Maphongo’s Deputy, Lotty Manyepetsa, has been plotting the mayor’s downfall for sometime now, sources within the ruling party have claimed.

Information gathered by this publication has further indicated that Manyapetsa in his vigorous efforts to topple the Mayor through a motion of no confidence has established a team of councillors called, ‘Team Lotty’.

According to a reliable source, the group (names withheld) has been working around the clock trying to find a way to sabotage the mayor’s work, so that they can turn around and table a motion of no confidence against him.

“They all know that Maphongo was brought in by President Mokgweetsi Masisi to transform the city and their chances of occupying the seat at the end of the two- year term are very slim as he will be re- elected without a challenge in a compromise deal. They have resorted to sabotage so that he fails dismally,” alleged the source within the party.

The source fingered Manyepetsa as someone who habours, ‘ dangerous ambitions’ to occupy the top council seat and then appoint one of his friends from a BDP faction as his deputy in order to have total control of the city.

“They resent Maphongo for being a businessman and not a politician and feel that he never helped the party in any way during general elections and therefore did not deserve to be the Mayor,” stated the source, who also revealed that a WhatsApp group was created and councilors added only for those who raised objections to the plot against the mayor to be unceremoniously removed.

However, when asked if he was aware of the plot, Maphongo was cagey with information but confirmed that he had been ‘tipped off’

“Please this is an internal issue which, if true will be dealt with internally and not through the media,” said Maphongo in his curt response.

Meanwhile, Manyapetsa denied lusting after Maphongo’s positing.

“Maphongo is going to finish his term, I support him a lot. People who told you that are not well.” Manyepetsa said.

When confronted with a screenshot from the Whatsapp group alleged to have been started with the sole purpose of plotting the Mayor’s downfall, the Deputy Mayor said that the group was for regional elections campaign.

Both Maphongo and Manyepetsa made it to the council as specially nominated councillors.

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