Tuesday, March 21, 2023

BMD defections: Who is fooling who?

Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) youth league President Phenyo Segokgo has said that the party’s intelligence has previously warned him to cut trips with its recently defected Treasurer Anderson Mathiba.

Mathiba recently dumped BMD to join the ruling Botswana Democratic Party.

Segokgo said he had previously taken a few trips to South Africa accompanied by his former Treasurer where they met individuals and organisations with potential interest to support their movement.

Though the information discussed between the youth movement leadership and potential supporters in South Africa was classified and confidential, Segokgo said he was surprised to learn that his former Treasurer was sharing the news even to people deemed threat to the movement.

“After our meeting with these potential supporters, two days after our arrival back home I learnt that my Treasurer, Anderson, was going around telling people about what transpired in our meetings in South Africa,” said Segokgo at a press conference recently. 

Segokgo claims that the party intelligence cautioned and advised him to cut trips with his Treasurer.

“I immediately decided to stop going with him. That is when his plan was weakened,” said Segokgo.

However Mathiba told this publication that he is still shocked that his former party associated him with an organisation (DISS) they firstly accused of killing their leader, Gomolemo Motswaledi. He said all these accusations made him to leave the BMD for BDP.

Mathiba said what his former youth league president did was just cheap politicking. 

He denies any meeting with a DISS senior officer. 

“I do not think that the DISS senior officer knows me. I have never met the man in my entire life and there is no how I could be assigned by DIS to kill Segokgo. I am not a killer and I do not understand why Segokgo portrayed me that way,” he said.

Mathiba said Segokgo’s remarks tarnished his name and he demands an apology. He wants Segokgo to personally apologise to him then apologise publicly through a Press Conference.

“I am going to write a letter to him demanding that apology. I will only give him seven days to apologise. If he fails to do that I will be left with no option but to approach the courts of law,” said Mathiba.


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