Botswana Congress Party (BCP) has distanced itself from an interview in which its youth league President Tumiso Rakgare shared a number of issues concerning the party with a weekend newspaper.
The BCP said that some of the issues that Rakgare shared with the paper amount to undermining the integrity of party leaders, and have the potential of bringing the BCP into disrepute.
Rakgare is quoted as saying that the UDC leader must be popularly elected. BCP leadership said Rakgare has not been mandated by the BCP to speak on cooperation.
Responding to Rakgare’s comments, BCP Publicity Secretary Dithapelo Keorapetse said in a statement that the party has not yet gotten to that level with the UDC.
The BCP condemned their own Youth League leader for what they termed as showering Vice President Mokgweetsi Masisi with unprecedented accolades.
According to Keorapetse, his party saw it coming.
“We are not surprised. What surprised us is a recent invitation in which Rakgare was seen at Masisi’s residential place, State House Number 2, together with Dikgosi. In a BTV news clip, Rakgare was shown on BTV serving Dikgosi with food! Rakgare has not explained his invitation to Masisi’s house to the BCP,” said Keorapetse.
The BCP also said it is ‘disturbed’ by Rakgare’s utterances that the BCP is broke and it has always been. The BCP denies that it is broke.
“The BCP has a reputable Treasurer who has never reported that the party is broke. We recently emerged from a Congress in Kanye where the financial report was tabled. We were satisfied with that report. Assuming that the BCP was broke, we find it irresponsible for a youth leader sitting in the party executive to make such a statement,” said Keorapetse.
The BCP further urged its members to disregard statements made by its Youth League President describing them as hogwash.
Rakgare declined to comment on the party communiqu├® distancing itself from statements he made in an interview with the weekend newspaper on opposition cooperation talks and his utterance that the BCP is broke.
However, Rakgare explained to this publication that his recent invitation to Vice President’s residential place “was just any invite that any family men can get.”
For him to have served the invited guests especially Dikgosi with food, Rakgare said, was just a gesture of respect to elders. He said he was probably the youngest person in the company of Dikgosi adding that it was “a cultural right to serve the elders.”
This publication understands that on Monday Rakgare was looking for a venue to hold a press conference scheduled for Tuesday. The Press conference is expected to touch on the recent communiqu├® from the party office.