Botswana Peoples’ Party (BPP) president Motlatsi Molapisi has threatened to crack the whip on members who have defied party stand. Molapisi is alleged to be at loggerheads with some BPP veteran leaders over whether to remain in the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) or join the newly formed Alliance for Progressives (AP). Impeccable sources within the party have hinted that the party is headed for a factional split with some wanting to remain in the UDC while others are on the verge of joining the AP. “Molapisi is not happy. And he is working towards taking action against some of the senior BPP members, being Richard Gudu and Chibuya Kuchwe who seem to be disregarding the party constitution and resolutions,” hinted a source. Recently, Gudu and Kuchwe attended a UDC meeting in Gaborone without the blessing of the BPP leadership. Molapisi was expected to lead a four man BPP delegation to the UDC meeting but decided to boycott it. Molapisi was expected to attend the meeting alongside Gudu (BPP national chairperson), Chibuya Kuchwe and Tshepo Makhane (BPP Publicity Secretary).
Although Molapisi could not be drawn into discussing the stern action he is likely to take against Gudu and Kuchwe, he confirmed that the duo jumped the gun in one way or another. “A resolution was taken that the BPP must not take part in the UDC meetings until the BPP/UDC outstanding issues are resolved,” explained Molapisi, adding that UDC is yet to deal with the issue of constituencies which the BPP has registered grievances over. Molapisi said Gudu and Kuchwe were not representing the BPP at the UDC meeting. He said the two were representing their own personal interests at the UDC meeting because a resolution was taken not to take part in such gatherings. In his response, Gudu said apprehensiveness is slowly but surely growing amongst the members of the BPP family when the non-attendance at UDC meetings of the leadership of the party continues unabated. However, Gudu refused to discuss the matter further saying it will be dealt internally and cannot be discussed in the media. Endless efforts to get a comment from Kuchwe drew a blank as his mobile rang unanswered.