Gaolathe calls for calm ahead of his expected expulsion from the party
Suspended Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) President, Ndaba Gaolathe, has asked his party members to remain calm despite the ongoing internal bickering among the party leadership.
When addressing a recent party meeting at Letlhabile Primary School which was also attended by leaders from Botswana Federation of Public Sector Unions (BOFEPUSU), Gaolathe said that he was likely to get fired from the party this week.
“I am likely to be fired together with my Vice, Wynter Mmolotsi, and other leaders for having attended and addressed this gathering of friends. Don’t panic because I am not going anywhere.”
Gaolathe promised that the party’s congress in Bobonong this July holidays will go ahead as planned. “If they deny me entry then I will address you from outside.
Ke tla tsenya di goagoe mo teng nna ke bo ke le buisa ke le kontle,” he said amid a thunderous applause from the packed hall.
Regarding his suspension, Gaolathe confirmed having received the letter. “I don’t recognise their suspension and I remain the leader of this movement until the next elections at the congress.”
The soft spoken BMD leader said he was concerned at suggestions that the party’s internal squabbles were a war between his faction with Mmolotsi against Gilbert Mangole and Nehemiah Modubule’s faction.
“We don’t have a faction; it is the party against a few individuals who are less than 20 that we have to deal with. How can a faction have members from all the party structures,” wondered Gaolathe.
BMD Vice President, Mmolotsi said that he was unaware of his suspension since he has not been served with any letter.
He warned his fellow members not to dare and try to serve him.
“Tell them not to even try to do that, I don’t have time for games. Ngwana okile a koba rraagwe mo lwapeng kae.”
However, the party’s Chairman Nehemiah Modubule who has been suspending members together with the Secretary General, Mangole said that they are yet to get a report of the Sunday gathering.
“Once we get a full report from our team that we sent to observe the meeting, then we will know what action to take tomorrow, (Thursday).”