Bouyed by the bolting out of the Ndaba Gaolathe faction to form a new party, Alliance of Progressives (AP), Advocate Sidney Pilane's camp in the Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) have stepped up to the plate and sought notification from the UDC on the next meeting of the central committee. The BMD has gone further and submitted names of four representatives who will occupy positions allocated to the party within the coalition Central Committee. They are BMD president Sidney Pilane, who replaces Gaolathe as UDC vice president, Tlamelo Mmatli, Gilbert Mangole and Nehemiah Modubule. The BMD has also called on the UDC executive committee to assign duties to the two Vice Presidents (Dumelang Saleshando and Pilane) to clear confusion over their responsibilities and powers.
To Pilane and his supporters, the dispute over who is leading the BMD fell off when Gaolathe and his followers bolted out to form their own party. BMD spokesperson Winfred Rasina said on Wednesday that their National Executive Committee met on Monday and confirmed willingness to engage the other camp on the proposed power sharing. "We responded to the UDC proposal as requested within the specified seven days. We were very much willing to engage as per their recommendations but there is nobody to engage from the other side. We wrote to their representative Dr Phenyo Butale the very next day after the verdict in which we requested them to respond to the power sharing proposal before our NEC meeting on Monday, only to learn that they announced a new party the same day," he said.