The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Botswana Movement for Democracy met the morning of today (09th July 2018) to discuss amongst other things matters arising, as presented through a letter to the NWC on the 04th of July 2018 by some young people of the BMD.
The NWC naturally so, afforded much attention to the letter as presented by the eight (8) young members of the BMD. Though the NWC learnt that amongst the eight (8) signatories of the said letter, four (4) have since written another letter distancing themselves from the initial letter and its contents, the NWC has however resolved that such a matter needed to be given appropriate attention and be afforded a deliberation and engagement.
The NWC has further learnt, through corrections and advice that the letter, is not necessarily from the Youth League of the BMD as a party structure. But, that it is a letter from four (4) members of the party who happens to be youth. Thus, they are, nor were they, in their communication, representing the BMD Youth League nor its views. The NWC has thus in its deliberations, managed to separate issues and be able to handle those matters that the NWC is empowered to do so by the NEC delegated authority.
After deliberations on the matter as appearing on the agenda, the NWC resolved that it has no power, authority nor standing to make resolutions or provide focus on the matters and contents raised by the letter. The NWC has thus escalated the letter, and its contents, rightfully so, to the National Executive Committee. The NEC has a statutory scheduled meeting for tomorrow (10th July 2018). The National Executive Committee has since agreed to include as part of its agenda, the contents of the mentioned letter for their deliberations and decision-making.
The NWC thus requests for calm, sober minds from the members of the BMD and members of the opposition collective. The NWC further pleads that the members of the BMD, our structures and the public at large allow the NEC to openly deliberate on the matter as raised, and be able to provide guidance and leadership as appropriate.
Yours in Liberal Democracy,
Rasina Winfred Rasina
National Spokesperson & Head of Strategic Partnerships – BMD