As party insiders accuse him of sabotaging Umbrella
Botswana Congress Party Youth League (BCPYL) president, Tumiso Chillyboy Rakgare, has dismissed allegations that he is working with some Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) politicians to destabilise the umbrella project.
Rakgare is accused of recruiting BMD’s Secretary General, Gilbert Mangole and party Chairman, Nehemiah Modubule, to the BCP to frustrate relations between the two parties.
Fears within the BCP are that, should Rakgare achieve his mission, relations between BCP and BMD will sour, leading to the collapse of the umbrella coalition.
The latest internal squabbles within the BCP come against the re-emergence of an anti-umbrella faction called ‘Tshela thupa’ which Rakgare is said to be working with.
The faction which is said to have resurrected after it was disbanded in 2015, allegedly has the backing of some party elders who grouped themselves together last year immediately after BCP joined the Umbrella.
Concerned party members believe that Rakgare is being used by the rebel faction to cause confusion within the umbrella.
Their fears were further compounded by Rakgare’s recent social media outbursts against BMD at a BCP press conference when he castigated Botswana Federation of Public Sector Unions (BOFEPUSU) leaders for attending the ‘Bakaulengwe’ gathering at Letlhabile Primary School, which was spearheaded by suspended president, Ndaba Gaolathe and his deputy, Wynter Mmolotsi.
Rakgare’s views were met with hostility from BMD Youth League President, Jacob Kelebeng, who cautioned BCPYL not to interfere in BMD internal affairs.
“It must be emphasized that the BCP and BMD need each other more than anything for us to attain state power as a collective in 2019. As the BMDYL we welcome and embrace the support that BOFEPUSU is giving to UDC and its leadership. Therefore we endorse whatever was said at the Letlhabile gathering,” he said partly in a facebook post.
For his part, Rakgare dismissed the allegations saying it will not be right to recruit Mangole and Modubule to BCP.
“They are elders who can make their own decisions,” he said and added that as far as he is concerned, Team Tshela Thupa has long been disbanded. “Re e phatlaladitse bogologolo,” he added.
When contacted for comment BCP President, Dumelang Saleshando, said he was not aware of such developments. “Whoever is alleging that is very malicious,” he said.
Modubule laughed off the allegations saying it was just propaganda without any truth in it.