Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Tawana joins BMD

After keeping many people guessing about his political future, Maun West Member of Parliament Tawana Moremi is understood to have joined the Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD).

Tawana has been an independent legislator since he resigned from the ruling Botswana Democratic Party a few months ago.

In a total departure from their past behavior, the BMD has chosen to receive Tawana with less fanfare.

The subdued reception for the maverick Kgosi-turned-politician has, however, raised eyebrows.

The hanging question is why the BMD would not want to announce what is, by all intents and purposes, a big catch owing to the party’s love for public glare, especially when welcoming new members into its fold.

Tawana is widely regarded as a political lone ranger and the BMD may be aware of the inherent risks that come with him joining them.

A few months ago, Tawana announced he would join the BMD at an appropriate time. The Maun lawmaker quit the BDP describing it as a sham.

Specifically, he took exception with the way the ruling party handled the public sector strike.

While still at the BDP he had for a long time been associated with the Barata-Phathi faction hence it was no surprise that he was part of the many BDP faithful who gathered at Big Five Lodge where party members unhappy with President Khama’s rule kickstarted a process that ultimately led to a BDP split.

BMD’s national mobilisation officer, Kabo Morwaeng, claimed ignorance and referred all inquiries to party Vice President Botsalo Ntuane and party President Gomolemo Motswaledi.

“I have no comment. I suggest you speak to the party president Gomolemo Motswaledi,” said the party Vice President when contacted for comment.

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