Tuesday, April 23, 2024

BCP’s Motlaleng sings opposition unity blues

Botswana Congress Party councilor Oarabile Motlaleng is preaching and praying for his party’s eventual unity with the main opposition Umbrella for Democratic Change.

Opposition unity of the two is a subject of fierce debate currently tearing apart BCP general membership.

Recently back in the country following his controversial trip overseas, Motlaleng has come to be met by  instability and turmoil arising from proposed plans to unite with the UDC.

“Some of you might go around saying I am now a UDC member. To put it on record I am a staunch member of BCP. I am not a UDC member,” he said over the weekend at a political rally organized by the UDC leadership in Old Naledi location.

 “But who will refuse a handsome suitor with clean shaven head and moustache. They are proposing us and I wish we could concede to their proposals.”

BCP and UDC policies are compatible, citing their calls for land audit and the introduction of a living wage amongst other policies.

“When we takeover power come 2019 it will be a matter of dusting off some few dusts on our files and documents. But that depends only if the envisaged negotiations will go through,” Motlaleng said.

Naledi North councilor indicated it will not be an easy task to rule, warning the public to expect challenges during the first years of opposition rule.

“We will first have to deal with public money illegally exported and stashed in foreign shores by the unscrupulous BDP leaders ,” Motlaleng said.

Despite the anticipated setback, Motlaleng urged his audience to join him in praying for the envisaged negotiations to see the light of the day.

“Negotiations should not be just about negotiations. It should come with concrete results,” Motlaleng said to the ululations and appreciation of Old Naledi residents who had thronged the rally in good numbers to obtain first hand information about the political status of their councilor.

While his political mentor Lotty Manyapedza has since defected to the ruling party as a result of a political crisis afflicting the party, Motlaleng reassured his audience and voters he will stick with the BCP.

“Should I be tempted to join the ruling party I urge you to set myself aflame. You should also call for my resignation. The constitution permits such an action,” the former BCP Youth Secretary General said.

Just like the opposition Botswana Movement for Democracy, Motlaleng argued his party will eventually survive the current political storm, adding a few that have left the BCP will do no harm to the party’s formidable stature.

“Despite their past tribulations and sufferings, BMD is today rocking,” he argued,  citing the defection of the party’s key members including former BMD Vice President Botsalo Ntuane, Patrick Masimolole and Phillip Makgalemele.


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