I am not a troublemaker – Modubule

SHARE   |   Wednesday, 06 July 2016   |   By Phillimon Mmeso
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The former Member of Parliament for Lobatse Nehemiah Modubule has flatly denied that he is a political troublemaker. Reacting to a question during a press briefing recently, Modubule – the National Chairperson of the troubled Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) – said most people don’t understand him. The question came up after some political pundits pointed a finger at him for the troubles besieging the six year old BMD – the first offspring of the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) – saying political troubles are his middle name. “I am a fighter for what is the truth and protector of the constitution of the political establishment that I am a member of; and if that is being troublemaker I’m fine with it,” said the militant BMD leader. Modubule, who normally speaks with ease but with deep militant voice, highlighted that he is not bringing any instability within BMD but wants the constitution to be respected as well as the party leadership.

The former legislator, whose political journey started at Botswana National Front (BNF), where he would constantly challenge the then revered party leader Kenneth Koma something which was regarded as blasphemy, said that he is not anti-establishment. “During the time of Dr Koma most comrades thought I was out of order when I challenged some of his decisions and his disregard of the BNF constitution,” said Modubule, adding that it was only after he left that they realised that their leader was tyrant. He would later form United Socialist Party (PUSO) in 1993 which remained confined to Lobatse as an ultra-leftist political outfit that later joined the BNF under the group membership. In 2008 Modubule was expelled from BNF again after he was accused of inciting the masses to revolt against the party leadership led by Otsweletse Moupo.
At the time he was questioning the party leadership over its intention to cancel the 2008 elective congress, reasoning that it was replaced by the Molepolole special congress.

Prior to his dismissal by the Moupo’s leadership, Modubule harboured interests of becoming the BNF president. In 2009 the controversial politician made history by winning parliamentary elections as an independent candidate. Modubule, whose relationship with BNF, always blew hot and cold reapplied to join the party in 2010 but after some delays he joined the newly formed BMD. Currently BMD is going through political turmoil that is threatening to tear it apart and Modubule is adamant that his faction that controls the National Executive Committee wants what is right for the party.