The leadership of the Botswana Democratic Party is engaged in crisis public relations over what role their party should play in funeral arrangements of Gomolemo Motswaledi.
A group of senior party officials have approached the Motswaledi family complaining that they feel isolated.
This follows concerns by party grandees that if the BDP does not rise to the challenge, Motswaledi might provide a political turning point ahead of the general elections due in October.
But there are problems in that at an official level there is no role that the party can play since Motswaledi was not a member of the BDP.
Even though he grew up within the BDP circles the circumstances under which he left it have been harrowing.
The party is also careful not to annoy the sensitivities of Motswaledi’s comrades at Botswana Movement for Democracy and also at the Umbrella for Democratic change.
Eager to be seen to be compassionate, the party activists are also careful not to overreach themselves and possibly rub their leader, Ian Khama the wrong way.
A wry, detached and grumpy political figure, Khama has had a difficult relationship with Motswaledi which led to the latter being chucked out of the BDP and until Motswaledi’s death there is no evidence that the two had made any effort at a personal reconciliation.
The BDP activists are also careful not to attract the label of invasive guests from Motswaledi’s party, the Umbrella for Democratic Change which has a growing number of its members genuinely believing that foul play lies behind Motswaledi’s death.
A concession has however been made at the instance of the Motswaledi family that Vice President Ponatshego Kedikilwe be allowed to speak at the funeral.
Kedikilwe is also the BDP national Chairman.
For many years Motswaledi was close to Kedikilwe and also Daniel Kwelagobe.
In the meantime by Monday evening a private pathologist engaged by UDC was said to have finished his examination of the corps.
A report had not been released for public consumption.