Playing fiddle while Rome burns

SHARE   |   Wednesday, 01 August 2018   |   By Dumelang Saleshando
Saleshando Saleshando

I have hitherto refused to comment on the controversy that has been sparked by the submission of the UDC constitution to the Registrar of Societies. It is possible that some may interpret my silence to be a tacit admission of guilt to all the claims by the leaders of BPP and BMD on why the constitution should not have been submitted for registration. I still do not see the need to respond comprehensively at this stage and allow the leader of the UDC as the chief spokesperson space to address the issues raised by our colleagues.

For the benefit of BCP members and supporters, to whom I remain accountable, I just want to make the following three points clear;

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1. The BCP in 2016 entered into negotiations with the UDC. The UDC (BPP, BNF and BMD) decided that they will not negotiate as separate entities but as a single unit under the leadership of Comrade Duma Boko. The stream that negotiated the constitution had 6 BCP representatives while the UDC also had 6. Claims that each of the 4 parties had 2 representatives are false, there were 2 parties to the negotiations each represented by 6 people.

2. It was agreed that the final decision makers on all issues shall be the presidents of the UDC and the BCP. This point has been made by non other than Boko in the numerous meetings we addressed nationwide last year and never refuted by any member of the UDC until this month. When we signed the agreement on by-elections between the UDC and BCP, it was only signed by myself for the BCP and Boko for the UDC. It was for the same reason that the 2 of us signed off the constitution for submission to the Registrar of Societies.

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3. Both UDC and BCP agreed to subject the constitution to congress scrutiny and approval by our members. Both sides knew that some of their proposals may be rejected by congress. The 2 presidency model for the UDC was a brainchild of the BCP leadership but this proposal was shot down by congress. Thats how democracy works, the voice of the membership has to be respected. It has been difficult for me to understand why people who left the BDP because of a leader who did not respect congress decisions want to propose that a committe of 16 people (UDC NEC) should have powers over congress. Strange, very strange...

The position of the 2018 BCP congress is that the UDC should be fixed as it is clearly broken, broken by all of us who are its members. If it cannot be fixed, it must be reconfigured urgently as we are running out of time. Not fixing it will amount to PLAYING FIDDLE WHILE ROME BURNS.‎

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