The outspoken youthful trio of Ndaba Gaolathe, Wynter Mmolotsi and Botsalo Ntuane could find themselves on the wrong side of the law if they continue their trend of airing their views in public.
Mmolotsi is currently the Acting Secretary General of the Botswana Democratic Party while Ntuane is Member of Parliament for Gaborone West South.
Gaolathe is a former campaign manager and close friend of the deposed BDP Secretary General, Gomolemo Motswaledi.
Other than that, the three are not known to pull any punches; they have also publicly stood behind Motswaledi.
Writing in The Telegraph this week, Gaolathe referred to Motswaledi as having been “persecuted” by the BDP.
Unapologetic about his continued support for Motswaledi, Gaolathe says “those who refuse to believe that what is at stake is indeed not about an individual or individuals will soon learn that the banishment of man does not take away from our course because our party or our movement is a deep and wealthy oasis of emerging talent and principled visionaries”.
Clearly taunting the leadership, Gaolathe says “the long queue of young leaders I have come to know in our movement will move into their places of services one at a time, until they too face the leadership’s newfound wrath against the expression of alternative views and against any form of posture that our new disciplinary committee deems to undermine the party. This long queue of young leaders resembles the formation of ants, so that as and when they fall away to more banishment, those implementing the banishment will need to live extraordinarily long to fell the entire queue”.
For the first time, Gaolathe goes public about the aborted plan that was intended to create an alliance between some BDP MPs and those from opposition to nominate Specially Elected MPS in defiance against President Ian Khama.
“It is noteworthy that there seemed to be a consensus among many voters that Mr. Motswaledi should have been among the four nominations. Another consensus emerged around the need to allocate some seats to the opposition parties, as part of enhancing our democracy and in the interest of fair-play. It should not be embarrassing that our movement partook in the shaping of these ideas.
In fact we as delighted citizens think and do things this way as it represents the fanning of the flames of our democratic tradition. If our parliamentarians, for one reason or another, failed to implement these ideas, it should not be used against them nor should it be interpreted to mean that our young luminaries in parliament are not determined to lift the burner of our ideals higher”.
For his part Ntuane is likely to attract the wrath of the increasingly intolerant BDP leadership with his parliamentary line of debates and motions many of which challenge the very basis of such issues like automatic succession and presidential immunity.
On the other hand, Mmolotsi is known to have been unhappy with the way Motswaledi had been treated, but agreed on acting as Secretary General just to keep Motswaledi’s candle burning.