Friday, June 21, 2024

The meltdown at BDP should get us all worried

There is no room to doubt that the ruling party is going through deep troubles.

What started as a few, sporadic voices of dissent have all of a sudden metamorphosed into a fully fledged movement that seems hell bent on crumbling down the moral authority of the BDP to govern the country.

It all started in Mogoditshane when a small group of BDP members held a meeting against explicit warning from the party Central Committee.

From there on, subsequent actions by the party command in an attempt to exert their authority were an exercise in futility.

Instructions from the Central Committee, demanding all those who attended the Mogoditshane meeting to return the party membership cards, fell on deaf ears.

It was clear from that moment on that the center was no longer able to hold.
Members of Parliament that had been called to appear before the Disciplinary Committee simply refused to turn up.

Some went as far as to call the Committee a Kangaroo Court.
But it has been the group resignation of the youth executive committee which was as sudden as it was unexpected.

The fact that the Youth Executive structure resigns barely 24 hours after the party held its National Council goes to show that things are not well inside the BDP.
Let’s not forget that the National Council that was held over the weekend was a month or two overdue.

The Council was postponed because the ruling party leadership had felt at the time that holding the meeting was risky and could prove counterproductive as tempers were flying too high, which we want to observe was a right and mature reading of the situation.

A deliberate decision was taken to pull the meeting back, to allow tempers to cool down and give reconciliation a chance.

Just when we thought that everything was back to normal we get this.

It goes to show that the depth of disenchantment is so deep that even those of us who are not members of the BDP now have to watch events in that party with keen interest.
The importance of the BDP cannot be overemphasized.

As a ruling party, its stability, or should we say instability, is of concern to the entire nation.
The same people who run the BDP are the same people who are empowered by law to control our national institutions.

How they respond in their efforts to stem the meltdown in their party inevitably has a bearing on the texture of our society as a whole.

If the momentum to bring down the BDP continues, there will come a time when the BDP leaders will either have to climb down by way of accepting their faults and promising to correct them or they may have to devise ways to circumvent what is clearly a spontaneous rebellion against the BDP authority.

Our hope is that whatever the course the BDP leaders ultimately take, it will be peaceful and will not result in the abuse of state resources and state power.
We want to call on everyone involved; the BDP and those breaking away from it to stick to the lawful ways of doing things so that democracy, which this country is well known for, can work its cause.


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