Friday, December 3, 2021

BMD gains two councilors ahead of congress

A week before the Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) inaugural congress, two councilors have joined the BMD, one from the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) and the other formerely an independent.

Selibe Phikwe East Councilor for Botshabelo Ward, Kosi Matshaba, confirmed to The Telegraph that he had joined the BMD.

He had been an independent councilor for sometime after after initially defecting from the Botswana Congress Party.

Matshaba said he consulted his ward constituents who gave him a choice between the Botswana National Front (BNF) and the BMD.

He stated that he has been actively involved with Botswana Congress Party (BCP) until internal conflicts arose. 

“I decided to join BMD after deep thoughts,” said Matshaba. He, however, did not reveal the details of his resignation letter.┬á He stated that he had started consulting his ward about his defection from as far back as December last year, adding that the decision he took will also build his political career for the better.

Likewise, the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) also lost councilor for Gaborone North Boikhutso Ward, Tidimalo Thunthung, to the BMD.  

Thunthung handed her resignation letter to the Council Secretary last week.

She had also been an active member of BDP for many years.  The BMD Interim Coordinator-National Mobilization, Kabo Morwaeng, confirmed that the two were new members of the party.

“We are happy as the BMD leadership and welcome the decisions they have taken to join BMD as they will positively be influential on party matters,” said Morwaeng.

He further stated that the preparations of the inaugural congress are at an advanced stage and pointed out that they are expected to be finalized on Sunday.

The BMD inaugural congress is scheduled for 25th to 27th March in Gaborone and half of the constituencies have submitted names of delegates to represent them at the congress, according to Morwaeng.

Since last year after the formation of BMD, several councilors have defected from the ruling BDP and other opposition parties to join the BMD.

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