Friday, June 18, 2021

BMD NEC divided over Pilane’s application to join the party

Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) National Executive Committee (NEC) which met at the weekend is reportedly divided  on whether or not to allow Sydney Pilane to rejoin the party.

The meeting is said to have produced no results.

Gaborone North constituency branch has since officially rejected an application by Pilane to rejoin.

The matter was referred to the party National Executive Committee hence the Sunday meeting.

It is reported that arguments erupted on whether an urgent meeting that was called by the Party Secretary General Gilbert Mangole was legitimate.

The Vice President of the party Wynter Mmolotsi argued that as the Vice President of the party he was sent a mobile phone sms as the invitation to the meeting something which he was not happy about. 

The Party Chairman Nehemiah Modubule is reported to have rescued his ‘factional colleague’ by arguing that the urgent meeting was initiated  by him as the party chairman.

Party President, Ndaba Gaolathe is away abroad and did not attend.

The Telegraph is reliably informed that the grand plan by Pilane supporters in the committee hit a deadlock as it never reached a voting stage.

The current BMD NEC is stacked with Pilane sympathizers.

Vice President Wynter Mmolotsi is said to have told the committee that there was no how the matter could proceed when Pilane had never appealed his rejection to join the party. Mmolotsi also told the Committee that Pilane has since demanded that he should be refunded his application fee.

On the other hand, Modubule who is believed to be supported by Mangole and Molepolole South MP Dr Tlamelo Mmatli insisted that Pilane should be re-admitted into the party.

The meeting never progressed until both factions agreed that the meeting should be deferred to a later date. 

The Telegraph further learnt that after the NEC meeting, the BMD faction sympathetic to Pilane, led by Modubule met where they discussed the outcome of the meeting and map the way forward. 

It was at this juncture that the faction decided and agreed that they would accept Pilane’s application at Kgatleng West.

The result is that Pilane is expected to apply for membership at Kgatleng West. His application is to be processed before the next sitting of the party National Executive Committee.

Mangole could not be reached for comment.

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