BMD – A PARTY DIVIDED
Divisions within the Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) could see high-profile members quit the party at next month’s congress in Bobonong.
The party treasurer, Percy Bakwena has already gone on record, stating he is on his way out if the July congress goes the way he expects it to.
In an interview with The Voice, Bakwena, who is aligned to the Pilane faction also known as the ‘Triple M’, said he would resign in protest if the BMD masses (Ndaba/Mmolotsi’s faction) decide to change the constitution and give the president more powers.
“If our members are going to change the constitution and give the President more powers than he already has, I will resign and quit politics for good,” he promised.
Bakwena is against the idea of giving the President more powers because he believes it would mean the BMD are ‘building a strong man instead of a strong party’.
“I can confirm to you that our constitution was done out of anger but if we give one man powers it will mean we are just like the Botswana Democratic Party, which we always blame,” he said.
the treasurer dismissed claims that in actual fact he was threatening to resign because his faction has been on the losing side.
Instead he insisted that by changing the constitution the BMD would no longer be the same party he originally joined.
“I will have to leave on principle because this will be a different party to the one I joined some years back.”
Meanwhile seven BMD members, Ndaba Gaolathe, Wynter Mmolotsi, Phenyo Segokgo, Kabelo Mahupe, Joyce Mothudi, Pako Keokilwe and Harriet Snowy Rampa snubbed last week’s disciplinary hearing, which was called by the party Chairman, Nehemiah Modubule.
The group face a number of charges after organising and attending the Youth League Congress in Ramotswa, as well as addressing members at Letlhabile.