As a party of change, the BCP is supposed to be a responsible, conscientious, introspective and sensitive organisation, and conduct its business with unusual care. It should not be flunkey. Its strategic actions should be unquestionably plausible, valid and morally upright. It must think meticulously before engaging Batswana to support its projects, particularly those it undertakes in partnership with the hexed BNF. If such projects come to naught, or some mistakes come to pass during execution, advanced political morality requires that the BCP should honourably inform the relevant stakeholders, and profusely apologise to citizens of its actions, omissions and experiments.
In such cases the BCP ┬áshould openly come out and tell the public that it has misled and inconvenienced them.
When the BCP enthusiastically supported BNF president in Gaborone West North, it was acting out of genuine comradeship, patriotism and the huge expectation that Otsweletse Moupo would respectfully add value to opposition politics.
Although a good number of BCP functionaries have always known that the fractured and woozy BNF is structurally effete, ideologically wishy-washy, and its confused communist leader is a permanent liability; those who optimistically thought he would ambitiously self-transform tentatively accepted and sponsored him, including the party president, Gill Saleshando. Little did they realise they were unwittingly marketing a pig in the poke! They should be forgiven for this unsettling egregious oversight.
But they should┬á entirely accept that they have committed a regrettably historic gaffe.
My commentary is not cataloguing Moupo’s unsightly blunders. All and sundry now fully know that his conduct and performance are woefully mediocre, and chances of┬á self-improvement are disappointingly limited. All I am recommending here is that the BCP should swallow its pride and urgently apologise to the nation for having inadvertently written Moupo an incredibly attractive political CV, which effectively concealed his glaring frailties. The party misguidedly marketed him as an outstanding political hero. It should wholeheartedly and publicly accept that it unintentionally deceived the electorate into voting ┬áfor a controversial, unfit and enigmatic candidate, an unaccomplished charlatan.
This point is crucially important and needs to be underscored and amplified precisely because of the way the BCP is perceived: The BCP cannot possibly claim that Moupo’s profound personal crises are simply a matter for the BNF to grapple with alone.
The BCP is a conspicuous accomplice because it is significantly responsible for Moupo’s entry into Parliament. Moupo is professionally obliged to deliver heavy-weight exemplary leadership. And the BNF, BCP, other collaborating parties, and significant personalities who rooted for his election are duty bound to help him to fully unleash his possible best. And if he fails, they should take full responsibility for this and hold him accountable, instead of irresponsibly submerging their heads in the sand.
The BCP is highly looked up to as a potential progenitor of ethical, democratic and accountable leadership. The fundamental principles undergirding its ideology of social democracy, ┬ásuch as acute sensitivity to human rights and accountability to the electorate,┬á should rattle its social conscience and cause it to treat Moupo’s heartbreaking betrayal of the opposition and the masses with the seriousness it deserves. The BCP is morally and ethically required to withdraw the falsified CV it wrote for Moupo, and humbly and unconditionally tender an apology for its overtly tragic┬á professional breach.
The integrity and credibility of the BCP have been grossly dented by its unholy association with the embattled BNF and its strange leader. The BCP uncritically surrendered to this controversial relationship because the relationship was never heralded by far-reaching discussions of the cardinal values that should serve as its solid foundation. But any marriage which is not grounded on inspiring purpose and sound philosophy is bound to be hollow and unproductive. If the BCP does not proactively atone for persuading its militants and other constituents to send Moupo to Parliament, percipient citizens will pressurise it to apologise at the wrong time. And if it presents its own candidates for elections, disillusioned electorate are bound to contemptuously question its trustworthiness and the credibility and worth of such candidates.
The BCP and other parties should also be cognisant of the view that, if they exhort the self-denigrading BNF to agree to mutually beneficial cooperation models, this intractable party may unscrupulously make false concessions and only disastrously somersault at the eleventh hour.
It should have long dawned upon the BCP intellectual class that the dominant BNF politburo has no slightest interest in win-win negotiations. It is selfishly and patriarchically using the ongoing negotiation process to bolster its recruitment drive. But its recurring imbroglios and Moupo’s unprecedented negative publicity have damagingly exposed its fragility and instability. Hence, shame, confusion, self-doubt, uncertainty and anxiety may cause it to remain in the negotiation process hoping that it would redeem its deplorably besmirched image. Moupo and the BNF are fully conscious of the fact that the current volcanic eruption, triggered by omni-directional calls for Moupo to resign from the BNF presidency, could be dangerously aggravated by the party’s unceremonious exit from the negotiations. Exiting dramatically from the talks during turbulent moment like this means the BNF could be painfully struck by an avalanche of┬á scathing criticism from the rest of the opposition, the ruling BDP, the media and other critical stakeholders. But should the BCP steadfastly refuse to listen and repent, and inflexibly jog along with the trouble-prone and discourteous BNF, it will calamitously sink with the soiled party and its tactless Moupo.
The BNF has disgustingly hurt multitudes of Batswana by prodigally squandering their goodwill every time election time approaches. But in 2009, the electorate are not going to allow the opposition to pull wool over their eyes only because the BDP has persistent limitations. So the BCP should not appear to be insulting the intelligence of the electorate like the BNF.┬á The BCP can only stave off a virulent backlash from the electorate by flawlessly setting itself apart from the BNF circus. Lamentably, this cannot be achieved as long the BCP, other opposition parties, and the convenors of opposition talks perpetually try to romance the obstinate BNF!