Former Cabinet Minister and MP, Bahiti Temane, has warned Batswana to guard against sowing seeds of discontent that could lead to civil wars in the country.
Temane said he was disappointed at reports of a looming civil war which are being spread around by the leaders.
He warned that if Batswana can allow such reports to go unchecked, one day they will live to regret the repercussions.
Temane, who was addressing a Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) rally in Maun over the weekend, delivered a motivational speech to the thousands of people who had thronged the Magotho Freedom Square on Saturday.
He said it was at the same venue, back in 1963, where Botswana’s founding president Sir Seretse Khama preached the importance of freely expressing oneself.
He said Khama talked of and supported freedom of association. Touching on democracy and discipline, Temane said no matter how divergent views are, democracy and discipline can never be dictated by a single person.
Temane says it is quite clear the old guard is tired and therefore should make way for new blood to take over leadership of the country. Temane, who declared that he was part of a BDP faction known as the Big Five during his time in active politics, said he still wonders what happened to the central committee that was elected in Kanye.
“In Molepolole where I was invited to launch Daniel Kwelagobe, I endorsed him and his team and asked people to vote for them in the Central Committee. People heeded my request and voted for Kwelagobe and his team but now it appears a sudden wind came and blew everything away,” he told the crowd.
Temane called for an urgent review of the country’s constitution, stating that people should not only think of Section 41(1), which gives the president immunity from legal suits.
Temane told the BMD audience that when the going gets tough, it is only the tough that gets going.
Still at the BMD rally, the veteran of Botswana politics, Motsamai Mpho, was given the opportunity to address the people. Mpho said the formation of the BMD was a vindication to their long held assertion that the BDP is an oppressive party.
“Now, where did we tell lies?” asked Mpho rhetorically. Mpho said the time to take the BDP out of government is now. He also called for opposition cooperation, adding that the BDP must be thrown out of power and no one would cry for it as it would go down with its dirty deeds.
He warned opposition leaders to guard against politics of the stomach. Mpho said the problem with the BDP is that it is more chieftainship than political. He said unlike in chieftainship, politics allows people to talk and that is something lacking in the BDP.