Botswana Movement for Democracy Vice President Wynter Mmolotsi said if wishes were horses and if his party were in government, they would erect a statue in honour of the late Gomolemo Motswaledi, next to the statue of the first president of Botswana ÔÇô Sir Seretse Khama.
Mmolotsi was answering a question from the media on Monday on how far the BMD was willing to go in honour of Gomolemo Motswaledi.
Mmolotsi said Motswaledi deserves such an honour because of the efforts and contribution he put into Botswana politics.
“We wish that Motswaledi could be honoured just like somebody who has been the Head of State because we believe that there is much that Motswaledi contributed as far as politics is concerned in this country,” said Mmolotsi.
Mmolotsi said if the Umbrella for Democratic Change makes it to government, it would be much easier for them to go through with their motion.
“I do not see it being irrelevant to erect Gomolemo Motswaledi’s statue next to the statue of Botswana’s first President, Seretse Khama,” emphasising that if they were in government everything was going to be easy.
BMD wishes do not end with the statue; they also wish that one of the holidays be named after the late Motswaledi.
“We also wish that at least one holiday should be named after Gomolemo Motswaledi. We believe that you cannot talk about the history of politics in Botswana without one way or the other mentioning the name of Gomolemo Motswaledi. Our wishes can only become reality when we are in government because we will be in control,” he said.
The party Secretary general Gilbert Mangole also said they have been accused of using Gomolemo Motswaledi’s name for their own earnings as a movement.
“We have been accused time and again of using the late Gomolemo Motswaledi’s name for our own earnings. He was our leader and if using his name somehow works as an advantage to our side, then so be it.”
The BMD is planning a massive rally and a gala dinner in Serowe in July in remembrance of the late Gomolemo Motswaledi.
“We are going to have a massive rally in Serowe in remembrance to Gomolemo Motswaledi around July. We are also going to have a gala dinner where we will basically talk about Motswaledi’s life.
Motswaledi’s parents have given us a blessing and a go ahead. We are still yet to agree on the date. We have no intentions to forget Motswaledi,” said Mangole.