Sunday, September 20, 2020

Modubule’s threats get the BNF running

The relationship between Lobatse Member of Parliament Nehemia Modubule and Botswana National Front seems to be worsening by the day. On Monday Modubule gave the BNF central committee, a fresh deadline, until July 20th to have responded to his application for re-admission, failing which he will seek a new political home.

“I am not beating about the bush on this issue. If the BNF has not responded to my request by the party national congress I am calling it a day. I will then seek a new political home for myself,” he said in an interview.

Modubule has in the past indicated that he is being courted by a number of political parties, among them Botswana Congress Party and Botswana Movement for Democracy. He was recently a guest at a BMD star rally in Francistown, at which he indicated that he is available for any political party that has an interest in him. He openly flirted with BMD Chairman Gomolemo Motswaledi, who told him that the party is very much interested in having him as a member.

“We are interested in you joining BMD,” Motswaledi told Modubule, who was putting on a black suit and orange tie, which are very close to BMD’s official orange black and white colours.
On Monday, BNF Information and Publicity Secretary, Moeti Mohwasa, said the party has appointed a┬átask force to look into Modubule’s readmission.

Mohwasa, together with Deputy Secretary General Mokgweetsi Kgosipula, will lead the task force. There will be two additional members drawn from outside the central committee. The task force will meet with party structures and Modubule, and later present a report to the Central Committee.
Mohwasa said the BNF central committee received Modubule’s application at its meeting of 29th May, and then forwarded it to the Lobatse Constituency for further┬áconsultation.

But Modubule insists that he submitted his application in April. He however confirmed that he received a letter from someone purporting to be the constituency secretary, informing him that they have received his May 30th application.

“I wrote him back to inform him that I never wrote a letter, especially to him, on May 30th. I told him that I did not know what he is talking about. The central committee should have been courteous enough to inform me that my issue has been forwarded to the Lobatse constituency office and is still being considered,” he told The Telegraph.

When commenting on the issue, Mohwasa said they are doing everything within their power to address Modubule’s issue.

“We received his application on May 29th. By May 30th it had been forwarded to the constituency office and he was written an acknowledgement letter. Modubule must also appreciate that we have other issues to deal with,” he said.

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