BMD F/town region wants new party 

SHARE   |   Monday, 07 August 2017   |   By Shingirai Madondo

Despite optimism by the leader of the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC), Duma Boko that a long lasting solution would be found to bring the two warring factions together the majority of the BMD members in the Francistown region are holding a different view. Most, if not all the BMD supporters affiliated to the seemingly famous Ndaba faction are of the view that a new party should be formed. This emerged during a recent BMD Francistown regional consultative meeting held at Goldmine JSS. A number of BMD members who contributed during the meeting suggested the formation of a new political party. “It is time for us (the Ndaba faction) to leave Pilane with the BMD that he stole from us alongside (Gilbert) Mangole and (Nehemiah) Modubule during their kangaroo congress in Bobonong,” fumed Florence Skelemani, a BMD member. Skelemani described the Pilane faction that is so determined to cause chaos and disruptions within the BMD. She said there is no way the Pilane faction would stop causing endless trouble to frustrate BMD efforts in wrestling power from the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP). 

So, the only solution left for the Ndaba faction is to form a new political grouping, according to Skelemani. “Let us form a new political party for ourselves,” said Skelemani amid a thunderous round of applause from the gathering. Tshekiso Mabiletsa, another staunch BMD member, echoed Skelemani’s sentiments. According to Mabiletsa, the existing haggling between the two warring factions will never end until the 2019 general elections. Francistown South MP Wynter Mmolotsi also hinted that the Pilane faction is difficult of deal with. He said the Ndaba faction is consulting its followers on the way forward.  Jonathan Thembo, the Francistown regional chairperson said: “If all the regions want a new party like we are advocating for, then it will (be formed and become a newest member of the UDC).”