LAID TO REST: Mpho Motsamai

LAID TO REST: Mpho Motsamai

In what was supposed to be a funeral turned into a political freedom square as politicians used the opportunity to attack each other during Motsamai Mpho’s funeral on Saturday in Maun.

Botswana Congress Party Councillor for Botshabelo ward Ramasu Ramasu was the first to turn the interment into a political ground with songs that attacked the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP).

Instead of paying tribute to Mpho, Ramasu urged those at the funeral to vote for BCP so that they can have better life.

She concluded her speech by shouting the party slogan.

Speaker after speaker including Chairperson of Botswana Movement for Democracy, Nehemiah Modubule mentioned that the late Mpho supported the umbrella project.

“When I left Botswana National Front after being fired Mpho kept on calling me and he even attended my launch by the BMD.”

He said that at his launch Mpho was happy for him for not joining the ruling party adding that Mpho’s efforts of having one opposition were there for everyone to see as he used to attend umbrella rallies.

With all odds against him and his party as most of the previous speakers had spoken highly of how Mpho supported the umbrella project, BCP leader Dumelang Saleshando chose to be diplomatic and avoided hitting back.

He instead spoke of how some BDP members had told him that they only joined the party for survival.

He said that majority of them were not at peace with the party but since they wanted to have an income they remained with the party with assurance of winning elections.

In an interview after the funeral North West District Regional Chairman John Welio who had attended the funeral with his party’s Secretary General Mpho Balopi, but left early described the attack on their party as immature politics with no discipline.

He also told The Voice that that they had left early because of the party’s 50th celebrations which were taking place the same day.

“We did not leave because of their behaviour and we will not demand any apology from them,” he said.

Mpho passed away late last month at the age of 91.

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