ADDRESSING THE MEDIA: Ntuane and Shaw Kgathi

Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) says it has suspended nine of its party members.

The party’s Secretary General, Botsalo Ntuane, says the disciplinary action followed issues of possible collusion and indiscipline involving some party members.

He says the party’s central committee believes such issues contributed to the BDP’s under performance in the recent Phillip Matante by-election that was won by the Umbrella for Democratic Change. “The nine party members have been recommended for suspension pending disciplinary hearing to respond to allegations and findings against them as contained in the report,” said Ntuane.

Five of the suspended members are said to have decampaigned the party while four are accused of fraud.

Ntuane also said he could not release the names as some have not yet received their suspension letters.

On the regional alignment issue, Ntuane said the party President and members of the committee are engaged in an extended programme of visiting BDP regions and branches to obtain first hand information on the welfare of the organisation. “One of the changes informed by the visits is to realign our twelve regions and increase them to fourteen,” he said.

Responding to the controversy surrounding an alleged conversation between Sebina councillor, Kemmonye Amon and Assistant Minister of Education, Fidelis Molao, Ntuane said Molao still maintains that the purported conversation is a fabrication and is still awaiting the outcome of police investigations. “In responce to councillor Amon, we are very clear as a party that we do not condone this behaviour of sleeping with school girls. There is no two ways about it, we do not condone the behaviour,” said Ntuane.

For now, Ntuane said, the girl’s family have asked to be given space to address the matter. “As a party we are following developments and our options will be open as we go forward,” he said.

Ntuane also invited Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) members who left the BDP, to return home due to the infighting within the opposition splinter party. “The latest violence occurred at the just ended Women’s wing congress in Mahalapye, we hope that the increasing reports of violence do not escalate to the point of endangering lives and public property,” he said.

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