Amid growing fretfulness amongst the Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) faithful following a weekend of long-knives, party leadership in Francistown was due to report back to members in the area on July 29. Warring BMD factions took to a bitter battle at Matshekge SSS in Bobonong village the previous Saturday in a development that resulted in Ndaba Gaolathe and Nehemiah Modubule held parallel meetings. Gaolathe met his supporters at Bobonong JSS to vote for an executive committee while the Modubule team congressed at Matshekge where Advocate Sydney Pilane was voted the president. This happened after the BMD members pelted stones at each other when gargantuan clashes reached melodramatic highpoint. The MP for Francistown South Wynter Mmolotsi confirmed that the Ndaba-faction is not wasting any time and has organised a feedback meeting to be held at a yet to be confirmed venue in Francistown. “The expectation is that all BMD members in the Francistown region will converge for a meeting on July 29, 2017 at a venue that is subject to a decision by the regional committee,” confirmed Mmolotsi.
According to Mmolotsi, the meeting is expected to consolidate BMD members into a force to reckon with. Though there are no immediate signs of members contemplating joining other political parties, Mmolotsi said it is imperative to consolidate. “It is no secret that BMD is going through turbulence. And we should find a common ground to unify ourselves. It is my conviction that the July 29 meeting will go a long way in consolidating the BMD members in the region,” said Mmolotsi. Mmolotsi said the July 29 meeting will find a long lasting solution to the BMD problems. He said a number of BMD members saw the crisis coming and have bean calm. BMD Francistown regional chairperson, Jonathan Thembo has said they need to move at a speed to meet their members and general voters in Francistown and counsel them. “Our members in a state of confusion. They are confused because they do not know who is right and wrong following the Bobonong fiasco. And we need to move fast to clear the air,” said Thembo. Thembo added: “Since Bobonong, I have been inundated with calls from concerned BMD members enquiring about the party’s future. So we need to meet the members and explain to them.” An equally worried Botswana Congress Party (BCP) president, Dumelang Saleshando recently expressed his concern, arguing that there is no denying that the perpetual squabbles within the BMD harms the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) brand.