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Tuesday: BMD's judgement day 

SHARE   |   Monday, 11 September 2017   |   By Shingirai Madondo
Tuesday: BMD's judgement day 

With Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) president Duma Boko’s much anticipated judgment announcement on the Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) saga, the political amorousness between the Botswana Peoples’ Party (BPP) and the BMD’s Ndaba Gaolathe faction is reportedly getting sultry. UDC spokesperson Moeti Mohwasa has confirmed that Boko will deliver judgment on the BMD saga on Tuesday evening. For months now, the once close-knit BMD family has been at loggerheads with itself. Some have been aligned to Gaolathe while others are adamant that Advocate Sydney Pilane is their leader following the violent Bobonong in July. Now the BPP/Ndaba faction romance is reportedly to have reached some fever pitch and getting to a point of no return. BPP was to hold a meeting at Setlalekgosi junior secondary school yesterday (Saturday). For a substantial period of time now, unremitting allegations of the BPP working hand in glove with the Ndaba faction towards forming a new political party have been flying thick and fast in the dogmatic corridors. Motlatsi Molapisi, the BPP president confirmed that his party meeting but was quick to point out that the BPP meeting had nothing to do with the Ndaba faction meeting which was scheduled for the same venue.  “I cannot comment on whether it is by coincidence or by design that we were expected to hold meeting at a similar venue. But one thing for sure is that the meetings are different,” confirmed Molapisi.

Molapisi said people have been spreading unsubstantiated reports about the BPP’s intention to form a new political party alongside the Ndaba faction. “It (the talk about the new party) is just a fallacy. There is nothing like a new party being formed,” said opposition politics veteran. BMD Francistown regional chairperson, Jonathan Thembo, who is a well-known sympathiser of the Ndaba faction confirmed their meeting. He could not be drawn into commenting about the BPP meeting within the same premises. “Whether BPP will be there or not, I do not know. And it is not my business to be sniffing in the BPP camp trying to find what they are up to. I have a lot of things to do than discuss such,” said Thembo before hanging up the phone. However, sources within the two political movements have hinted that the meeting is about giving the Ndaba faction followers a feedback and way forward. A source said Ndaba faction supporters were expected to be notified of the new party, Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF).