The Leader of the Opposition and Botswana Movement For Democracy (BMD) MP, Botsalo Ntuane, has warned that the legal bill owed by BMD interim chairman, if not cleared, could push Gomolemo Motswaledi into a tight corner and force him to return to work at the University of Botswana.
Ntuane said this in a brief interview while appealing to members to assist the party with funds.
Deputy Sheriffs will next week sell Motswaledi’s two cars and furniture to raise his P351 000 legal debt that he incurred after losing an appeal in which he had dragged President Ian Khama and the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) to court.
BMD is racing against time to raise funds to avoid the interim chairman’s property from being auctioned off.
“The issue has never been about Gomolemo Motswaledi. It is about democracy and good governance and the extent to which we believe they are under threat and what ought to be done to protect these core values. Motswaledi has played his part. It is now for all those who believe in the cause to come to the fore and put their money where their mouth is by paying the legal bills. We owe the BDP and they must be paid,” Ntuane told the Sunday Standard.
He said that despite massive attendance at political rallies, support from the public service, professionals and young people, the goodwill has not been extended to their plea for assistance financially.
“We want to urge our supporters to stand up and be counted in this hour of need. Failure to pay will be a severe indictment on them. It will raise questions whether the BMD really is a viable political project. If we are unable to pay P 300 000, can we lay a claim to power in 2014? What if Motswaledi, after losing all his worldly possessions, is forced to return to work at the University of Botswana?” he questioned rhetorically.
He stated that if the party were to lose its founding chairman it would be ‘severely crippled’
“We are at a crossroads and the outcome of this matter will determine our viability as a central agent of political change in 2014,” he said.
In a separate interview, the party’s interim treasurer, Guma Moyo, said that he could not accurately state how much the party has raised because he is out of town but hastened to point out that the money raised so far is still not enough to clear Motswaledi’s debt.
Speaking from Bobonong where he said he was mobilizing structures to raise funds, Moyo stated the money was just below target.
“We are still below target, we are appealing to members and well wishers to come forth and make contributions,” he said, adding that while the deadline was an inch away, his party was nevertheless hopeful of paying off the debt.