The opposition Botswana National Front (BNF), in a rare show of conciliatory overtures, has unconditionally pardoned two of its suspended members, Maemo Bantsi and Harry Mothei.
Bantsi served as the Secretary of Labour while Mothei was the party’s Chairperson before they were suspended last March.
The BNF’s spokesman, Moeti Mohwasa, issued a statement on Friday announcing that the party had pardoned the BNF activists of many years.
Their suspensions apparently stemmed from suspicion by BNF President Duma Boko that they were in support of a pact with the Botswana Congress Party.
Mothei and Bantsi were also blamed for inciting the BNF Members of Parliament to topple the then Leader of Opposition, Botsalo Ntuane, who was also a member of the Botswana Movement for Democracy.
Both Mothei and Bantsi could not be reached for comment by the time of going to press. There was speculation last year that the duo would join the Botswana Congress Party (BCP).
The BCP Secretary General, Dr. Kesitegile Gobotswang, confirmed that his party approached Mothei to join the party but he seemed not keen to join.