The Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) has suspended two North West District Council (NWDC) councillors on grounds that they defied party caucus resolutions. The two councillors Duncan Enga, the newly NWDC chairman and Vepaune Moreti, the deputy chair of Maun administrative Authority (MAA) were suspended last week. The BDP North West regional chairman Eagilwe Modisaemang confirmed to the suspensions, saying they will run for 60 days pending a disciplinary hearing. He said meanwhile the duo will not be allowed to take part in any party activities until the party completes their investigations on their matter. He also stressed that letters have been send to both councillors to their respective address. “In fact the two councillors will be called for disciplinary hearing and that is when their fate will be decided,” Modisaemang declared. During the NWDC council elections that were held on May 1, Enga and Moreti stood to oppose their own after losing party caucus elections that were held at Maun lodge. At the party caucus, Reaboka Mbulawa was voted by 16 while Enga got 13 votes to retain his seat as NWDC chairperson. Nico Folai had gotten nine votes against Moreti’s eight for the position of Vice Sub Council chairman of MAA. Modisaemang, who was the election overseer, said the duo was not supposed to stand for elections after losing at the caucus. Enga has however denied receiving the suspension letter or any form of communication from the party. “At the moment I’m not in any position to say anything because I have not been served with any letter,” Enga said, adding that he will only be in position to tell his story after he has served with a letter.
When quizzed why he defied the caucus, Enga was quick to point that he is not even aware that he has defied the caucus. “I’m not even aware that I have defied the caucus. You can ask the party that question perhaps they have a better answer,” Enga said, adding that he doesn’t want to discuss caucus matters because they are internal party matters. Moreti also said he has not received a letter of suspension. “I’m waiting for the suspension letter that’s when I would comment,” Moreti said. The councillors, who are alleged to have been in support of Nonofo Molefi for BDP chairmanship at the congress, dismissed those allegations. “At the moment I don’t belong to any faction,” Enga boldly stated. Moreti declared: “I’m still not decided but I’m going to vote at the congress; I still have a lot of time to weight my options”. Meanwhile, there has been mixed reaction to the suspensions. A BDP councillor, who preferred anonymity, said taking action against the two councillors is a good thing as failure to do that will set a bad precedence. But he said: “I think the party must not take harsh action against them like long suspension or expelling them from the party as it might destabilise the party. A lot of councillors who voted for them are from BDP. Taking harsh action will also anger those that voted for them”.