Despite losing its Vice president, Botsalo Ntuane who was also one of its most charismatic founding members, the Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) is down but not out, two high ranking officials have said.
Speaking in an interview on Wednesday a day after Ntuane tendered his resignation, The BMD President, Gomolemo Motswaledi described his former right hand man’s move to rejoin the BDP as; “ a painful experience but not a fatal blow to the BMD.”
Refuting allegations that more founding members of the BMD, a splinter party from the BDP were set to retrace their steps back, Motswaledi said: “We have a mission to undertake, which is to take over governance. Ntuane’s departure cannot derail us from that mission.
“We suffered similar defections before and some people thought our party was disintegrating, but we remained strong. Of course his resignation is a loss to the BMD but we must understand that the organisation is bigger than individuals. We must not lose sight that it is a movement for the people.”
Sharing Motswaledi’s sentiments was party spokesperson, Rasina Rasina who in a separate interview said that although many party cadres were taken by surprise, the party leadership on the other hand had long anticipated Ntuane’s resignation announcement. Rasina is also adamant that although the BMD has so far lost three founding members, namely Sydney Pilane, Guma Moyo and Botsalo Ntuane, the orange movement is here to stay and become stronger because Ntuane left it at a stage where it had already grown way beyond individual founding members.