Botswana Democratic Party operatives seem to have changed tact and abandoned their combative stance in dealing with members who are thinking of defecting to Botswana Movement for Democracy. The BDP disciplinary committee and some key party members last week made reconciliation overtures to try and lure dissident members from BMD.
At Francistown South MP Wynter Mmolotsi’s disciplinary hearing last week, disciplinary committee Secretary Lee Lesetedi lamented Mmolotsi’s non attendance, saying they were willing to reconcile with him for the sake of party unity.
“Mmolotsi was only facing a single charge of attending the Mogoditshane gathering. Had he attended the disciplinary hearing, we would have reconciled for the sake of party unity,” said Lesetedi.
Mmolotsi snubbed the disciplinary hearing, saying the members of the committee were tainted.
At a BDP rally in Old Naledi on Friday a number of speakers, among them area MP Kagiso Molatlhegi, urged democrats to embrace members who are contemplating defecting to BMD. Molatlhegi said disgruntled party members need love and affection, and they should not be left in isolation.
“We must urge those who are thinking of leaving the BDP to come back. Let’s give them love and affection” he said.
At the National Council, the BDP also resolved to allow its former members who broke away to stand as independents in last year’s elections to come back into the main fold.
Such people have been urged to reapply for membership.