The Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) leadership have disclosed that the party has decided to honour founding president Gomolemo Motswaledi during the upcoming July public holidays in his home town of Serowe.
The BMD held its leadership forum in Francistown over the weekend where it is said very important matters including that of party merger, party perfomance in the past general elections, Motswaledi honourary celebrations and revival of party structures in rural areas were discussed.
Speaking at a press briefing in Gaborone on Monday, the BMD Vice President Wynter Mmolotsi said in order to appreciate and pay tribute to Motswaledi’s contribution to the existence and formation of the BMD and growth of national politics in general, the party has arranged with his family to hold a memorial service and erect a tombstone in his honour in Serowe.
According to Mmolotsi, there will be other activities that will also be held in Serowe in his honour after the tombstone unveiling. “We will host a memorial service in his honour, other activities like political rallies and visiting places that he used to visit and a gala dinner where different speakers will eulogise him are billed for the event,” he said.
Meanwhile the BMD leadership also disclosed that the party has decided to embark on what they term ‘reform and revive’ mobilisation drive in which the party is expected to heighten recruitment efforts in order to attract new members into the party as they prepare for party merger of parties under the Umbrella for Democratic Change. “Party members have been instructed to go out full force on a recruitment mode, we want to increase our membership base,” said Mmolotsi.
Mmolotsi said efforts to merge all parties under the UDC into one single opposition party were at an advanced stage. He said all three parties under the UDC have adopted the ‘reform and revive’ concept in order to prepare fully for the merger. “Membership cards and forms for the UDC have been done and approved, members will soon be able to apply and join the UDC directly,” added the BMD Secretary General Gilbert Mangole.
Though only three parties, being the Botswana National Front, Botswana People’s Party and the Botswana Movement for Democracy constitute the UDC, the BMD leaders have said that they are still open to working with the Botswana Congress Party. “A lot happened during the past General Elections, and we are still giving them time to heal,” Mmolotsi said.