The regional chairman of the Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) in the North West Issa Phoi has warned the Sidney Pilane-led faction not to come to Ngamiland as they don’t recognise them. Phoi said he has heard that the Pilane faction wants to embark on a tour of Ngamiland. “I want to remind them that if they come to Ngamiland we will not welcome them here,” he fumed. Phoi said this when BMD central committee member Margaret Nasha was addressed their supporters on the status of the party and the way forward. Phoi also said he was humiliated at Bobonong as the regional chairperson when he was not allowed to enter Matshekge Senior School though by virtue of his status he was supposed to vote as a delegate. He reminded BMD supporters that the party belongs to them and not to a few individuals who had the motive to destroy it. He said the Pilane faction is desperate for support as they don’t have members on the ground. “They called me and told them that I don’t know them,” Phoi stressed
Phoi said Gilbert Mangole neglected the region while serving as Secretary General, saying the last time he was the region it in early 2016 was when he went to Ngami to hold a branch congress. “This time we will not allow him even to go to Ngami,” he said. For her part Nasha told their members that their faction agreed to undertook a national tour to consult members and give feedback to the NEC. Nasha said the party has asked for UDC intervention to see to a fresh congress which could help save the BMD. Nasha regretted the party’s current status, confirming that what happened in Bobonong was a disgrace as it emerged with two parallel National Executive Committees. Nasha also blamed each faction, saying that they are driven by egos from members. “This party is killed by egos and ego is a serious disease that has paralysed the BMD,” Nasha said.