The current Acting President of Botswana National Front (BNF) Reverend Dr Prince Dibeela has described the troubles currently bedeviling the Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) as nothing but a beginning of new things to come. “Remember that before the birth of a new thing there is always pain,” he said. Dr Dibeela was speaking at a press conference convened to update the media on the preparations of the BNF forthcoming Conference. He said that even though the BMD is going through a rough patch now, Batswana should expect that at the end of the day the party would most probably be able to regroup and together with other parties constituting the Umbrella for Democratic Change present Batswana with a viable alternative government. “I wish the BMD well as they prepare to go for their national elective conference in Bobonong. May they return as a united party with less causalities,” he said. He said politics everywhere are most likely to be characterised by conflicts, especially where a change in state governance is imminent, saying what is important is for the concerned parties to recognise that voters are hungry for a change in governance and have pinned their hopes on a united opposition. “The indications are everywhere, only fools would not recognise the mood of the masses,” said Reverend Dibeela. Meanwhile the BNF Secretary General Moeti Mohwasa reiterated UDC’s position of non-interference in each other’s affairs. “Our position is that no party will interfere in each other’s affairs. That is the UDC’s position until and unless all parties convene again to decide otherwise,” he said, adding that as the BNF they hope their partners will also sort themselves out and ensure that they is unity in their party.
BNF forthcoming Conference
When updating members of the media on the upcoming BNF conference, Mohwasa revealed that this year the conference will be held in Kang on July 15-18, 2017. According to Mohwasa, delegates to the conference shall be the central committee, five delegates from each ward, and 30 delegates from the auxiliary bodies and group members. He said the conference is convened to receive reports from the regions, the treasurer, the Secretary General and the President. “It is anticipated that all the regions would have held their conferences by the time the conference is held to ensure that the delegates who attend bring the resolutions of their different regions. The regional conferences as a matter of procedure should also be preceded by constituency and ward conferences,” said Mohwasa. On Saturday 15th July, the Women’s league shall convene to look at how it can resuscitate its structures which are not currently performing to expectation. On the same day in the evening, he said, there will be a choral Music Competition. “The intention is to make this an annual event and encourage the revival of choral music as a mobilisation tool. Choirs from different constituencies are expected to take part,” he said. The official opening of the conference shall take place on Sunday 16th July and will be addressed by the party President, Duma Boko. “From outside the country we have invited FRELIMO, MPLA, SWAPO, PUDEMO, Communist party of Swaziland, SACP, COSATU and the ANC,” Mohwasa said. The party has so far received confirmation from the ANC and SACP. The ANC delegation will lead by Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba, an NEC member and Assistant Minister of Public Service and Administration. The SACP is yet to indicate who will be leading its delegation. According Mohwasa, this conference will be the last to be held before the BNF go for selection of general elections candidates (primary elections), saying a team was set up to look at reviewing the primary elections regulations and this will be shared with the conference for input before being finalised by the central committee. There will also be a discussion on a manual entitled, BNF Handbook on Protocol and Order of Precedence which essentially is aimed at assisting members in dealing with Protocol issues.