The outspoken Francistown West MP Ignatius Moswaane wants the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) to be investigated for duping the public into contributing funds to investigate the cause of death of their former Vice President Gomolemo Motswaledi and failing to account. Moswaane will soon present a motion to Parliament seeking; “That this Honourable House requests Government to engage the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime to investigate if the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) did not obtain by false pretence in the matter in which they requested the nation to contribute in raising funds to investigate the death of the late UDC Secretary General.” Speaking to this publication on Friday, Moswaane confirmed that indeed he will in due time table the motion in parliament and expects to be supported by the house. “I have in fact conducted thorough research prior to submitting my notice of motion to the Speaker,” he says.
Moswaane says the UDC should drop the rhetoric and respond according to the public’s concerns and demands by releasing the report. “That report does not belong to them; it belongs to the public because they contributed funds,” he insists. According to Moswaane, he has since taken it upon himself to take the UDC to task after realising that they were playing games. The controversial legislator accuses the UDC of cashing on the death of its late leader by using it as a propaganda tool. “I suspect that by the time they decide to release the report nobody will be able to tell whether its contents are true or false,” Moswaane retorts. Moswaane dismisses any suggestion that his motion is motivated by a quest to score cheap political points, maintaining that he was only demanding ‘accountability and transparency from the UDC. He says the UDC has long said it has a post mortem report from the doctor that was engaged and another one from an accident expert and was only waiting for a satellite report. To this day, the UDC has not indicated its status.
Meanwhile Botswana Movement for Democratic Change (BMD) Vice President Wynter Mmolotsi dismisses Moswaane’s accusations as non-issues. According to Mmolotsi, Moswaane has no right, even in the slightest of terms to dictate how the UDC should conduct its internal matters. “Moswaane is not going to teach us what to do and how we should do it,” insists Mmolotsi. He says Moswaane should at the most redirect his energy and focus on the pending Francistown West By-elections fake petition report which was sanctioned by Parliament. “Instead of worrying about UDC business he should instead worry about a report which affects him directly,” he says. According to Mmolotsi, the UDC will release a comprehensive report at a time which they deem suitable and right and will not do so just because Moswaane says so. The late UDC leader died in what the Botswana Police in their report dismissed as just a car accident and ruled out the involvement of foul play. The UDC, however, in its quest to determine if indeed Motswaledi‘s car accident wasn’t man-made solicited contributions from the public in order to fund a private investigation into his death.