Friday, September 25, 2020

BDP trio refuses to apologise, demands report

Members of the Barata-Phathi faction, who are accused of colluding with the opposition, have refused to apologise and insist that they be given the investigation report first.

Botsalo Ntuane, Kabo Morwaeng and Sydney Pilane face expulsion from the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) after secret investigations launched by President Khama revealed that they had colluded with the opposition.
The trio demanded the report and a meeting with a central committee delegation that was sent by the party leadership to brief them on the findings of Khama’s secret investigating team.

It is understood that the secret investigations found that the three connived with the opposition Botswana National Front and Botswana Congress Party to influence the nomination of banished former Secretary General Gomolemo Motswaledi and Pilane to parliament.

After the general elections , barata-phathi are said to have held a series of meetings with the BNF and the BCP, at which they agreed to share amongst themselves seats for candidates to be considered by parliament for special nomination.

Ntuane on Friday confirmed that they had met the central committee delegation, adding that the meeting was cordial.

“I can confirm that we had a meeting with the leadership on Thursday evening. It was cordial and we exchanged views on the issue of their mandate. However, I am not at liberty to disclose the contents of the meeting because the delegation still has to report to the President,” said Ntuane.

For his part, Pilane revealed that they made a request that they be furnished with the report concerning allegations that they teamed up with the opposition.
“We have asked for the report in order to determine what exactly we are accused of doing. We want to know who it is we are supposed to have met with, when and where we met them, in what circumstances and what it is that we are said to have discussed,” said Pilane.

Pilane further said that he is also interested in seeing what else is contained in the report.

It is understood that the delegation, led by party chairman Daniel Kwelagobe, had hoped to elicit an apology from the trio. But the Thursday meeting failed to achieve its mandate as the three insisted that they be given the report before further investigations can continue.

Sources close to barata-phathi have revealed that a faction meeting held last week resolved that the trio should not apologise.

It is also understood that the trio has made a request to meet with Khama to discuss the fate of the party.

However, in a separate interview, party chairman Kwelagobe only confirmed that they met with Ntuane, Pilane and Morwaeng on Thursday. Kwelagobe was, however, non committal when quizzed on reports that the trio had requested to be furnished with Khama’s report. He further refused to shed light on reports that the trio had sought to have a meeting with the party President.


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