Anxious members of the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) have been urged to exercise utmost restraint even in the face of adversity in order for them to be leaders of vision, intelligence and integrity. UDC president Duma Boko made the plea recently when addressing a press conference in Francistown. He warned that undue hurriedness might completely complicate the already intricate Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) saga. Since the violent congress at Matshekge Senior Secondary School in Bobonong a month ago, anxiousness has been growing amongst UDC followers. BMD left Bobonong a disfranchised entity with Advocate Sydney Pilane leading one faction while the other is under the leadership of Ndaba Gaolathe. And life has never been the same at the once close-knit Orange Movement. Boko admitted that the UDC family’s anxiousness was growing by each passing day. “People are anxious. Some have reflexes of grief over what is happening. It troubles people,” admitted Boko, who also doubles as the Botswana National Front (BNF) president when fielding questions from journalists at a press conference. However, he was quick to point out that it is important for the UDC leadership to carefully look into the BMD matter without prejudice on either part of the two BMD factions. “But our people are mature enough and sensible to appreciate that undue haste in dealing with matters so serious and sensitive may actually complicate the issues rather than provide any solution,” said Boko.
Boko added: “And those who sit in the positions that these (UDC) leaders occupy have to apply their minds very carefully and seriously (in) appreciation (of the fact) that they are taking decisions that affect hundreds of thousands of citizens of the country.” “So, we must proceed with due speed but not too haste. They say justice delayed is justice denied but justice rushed is also justice denied. So, we have to determine the right steps, the right pace of events (so) at the end of it all you satisfy yourself that all the matters have been resolved,” he said. In his quipping, Boko said: “Sometimes you have to grind very slowly but grind very finely so that you leave no stone, as they say, unturned.” The two BMD factions have been summoned to appear before the UDC leadership on August 22 and 23 to provide their full cases.