Three Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) sitting councilors in Francistown West are reportedly on the verge of joining the opposition Botswana Congress Party (BCP), it has emerged. Sources say Lechedzani Modenga, Cornelius Gopolang and Gaethuse Ramolotsana - councilors for Moselewapula, Kanana and Tatitown wards respectively - have had enough with the BDP. The three civic leaders are allegedly not in good working terms with their Member of Parliament (MP) Ignatius Moswaane, as they feel sidelined. It is against this backdrop that they have decided to look for alternative political home well ahead of 2019, impeccable sources have hinted. And they have chosen BCP, as their alternative home, this publication has heard. “It is a matter of time before the three are officially unveiled draped in green and black apparels to announce their arrival in the BCP family,” said a BDP bigwig, who insisted on remaining anonymous.
The BDP insider further hinted that the councilors are being pushed out of the ruling party thanks to the tension that exists between them and their area MP. In a nutshell, the tension between the councilors and their MP is intensifying by each passing day, said our source. Lazarus Tlou, the BCP Francistown Region chairperson could not deny or confirm that the three politicians have knocked on their door. Tlou is well aware of the allegations about the three councilors’ impending departure from BDP. “Nothing official has reached the regional office. We are still treating this as mere street talk,” said Tlou. For his part, Gopolang could neither confirm nor deny the suggestions. However, he was full of praise for the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) when he was contacted for a comment on Thursday.
“I cannot rule out the possibility of joining the UDC. It (UDC) is a national project aimed at unifying the nation,” said a subtle Gopolang. He could not be drawn into discussing why he wants out of the ruling BDP. Modenga’s mobile phone rang unanswered until press time while Ramolotsana expressed unwillingness to share his story with this publication. Moswaane also could not be reached for comment, as his mobile phones were off. Late last year, Ramolotsana threatened to quit BDP out of frustration. However, he made a U-turn on his purported landmark decision due to reasons best known to himself, as he never shared his story with anyone.