Sunday, April 11, 2021

Former youth leader predicts BNF split in three months

The former Botswana National Front (BNF) youth leader, who has left to join the ruling party, has predicted that the BNF will go through a split in three months.

Kagiso Ntime this week launched a scathing attack on his erstwhile political party before he described President Ian Khama as “a pragmatic and compassionate” leader to the delight of his newly found friends at the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP).

“I will contribute to the fulfillment of the agenda of the BDP in the coming two years. ┬áI will subscribe by the vision of the BDP. Slowly we [BDP] will be receiving some members from the BNF Youth League,” he told reporters.

Smiling from ear to ear, the BDP‘s Secretary General, Mpho Balopi, described Ntime as “a big fish” who will help the party to close some gaps.

Ntime praised the BDP for pursuing pro-poor policies it usurped from the complacent BNF
He also cast aspersions on the BNF leadership in particular, Duma Boko, claiming he has divided the party to the point where he does not say “hi” to his Secretary General, Akanyang Magama.

But the BNF President Duma Boko scoffed off Ntime’s accusations, describing Ntime as a self-seeking individual who thought he was bigger than the party.

┬á“There was a rally addressed by myself and the secretary general on Saturday. He would have seen that I am talking to everyone. This fellow is looking for excuses. This is the fellow who was appointed by the current leadership to represent the party as part of our negotiating team at the opposition negotiations who leaked sensitive information to the media. He made disparaging statements on radio. He wrote position papers and circulated them in the media without sharing them within the structures of the party,” Boko said.

Ntime spent close to 15 years with the BNF.

He stated that he has been politically active in the BNF from an early age and that he was born in the party.

Ntime held several BNF positions, from grass roots level to higher positions.

“I had to move on and it was not an easy decision to make and it was emotional,” said Ntime.
He said that there is light at the end of the tunnel with BDP in terms of taking Botswana to another level.┬á On the issue of opposition party’s cooperation talks, Ntime expressed that the internal fights within opposition parties are killing the BNF.

“I am confident enough to say that I am on the right track on my political career,” said Ntime.
Furthermore, Ntime said BDP will now have a busy schedule as there will be a lot of opposition members joining the ruling party. He observed that other opposition political friends in the region have lost trust in the Botswana opposition parties.  He said there are other factions in the BNF which are killing the party and he predicted the final and large split in the BNF.

“Moupo [Otsweletse] has long killed the BNF and now Duma Boko is worse and busy destroying the BNF. There is a lot of use of abusive language and improper measures of disciplinary actions are being taken by the leaders,” he said. Ntime said he recognised only three political parties in Botswana as the BDP, Botswana Congress Party (BCP) and the MELS.

“We are happy as the BDP leadership and welcome the decision Ntime has taken to join the BDP as he will positively be influential on the party matters,” said Balopi, briefing the press that preparations for the BDP 50th anniversary are at an advanced stage. He said the celebrations will be held on February 25th in Gaborone. ┬á

Balopi revealed that the occasion will be graced by regional leaders with Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete, a high powered delegation from South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC), Mozambique, Angola and other fraternal partners.

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