The new Botswana Movement for Democracy catch,Batwana paramount chief, Tawana Moremi was launched amidst pomp and fanfare in Maun last weekend.
In a mammoth rally characterised by a sea of orange and black shirts Moremi was welcomed to his new political home with jubilation expressed in song, dance and speeches by BMD President Gomolemo Motswaledi and his lieutenants.
Speaking at a fund raising dinner later on in the evening, BMD vice President , Botsalo Ntuane urged party members to win the support of the business community on their side. “Those who support us need not be our members or supporters but only need to appreciate our role in maintaining Botswana as a stable democracy with a conducive environment to do business and prosper.”
Ntuane said that a strong opposition serves as a watchdog against corruption and unfair business practices, thereby enabling businesses to flourish. “To those business people in our midst, know that without a vibrant opposition and strong voices, you cannot prosper because business and commerce have never flourished in one party dominant states where opposition is weak.
We are your insurance policy.” On a different note BMD VP asked party members to reflect on the challenges of the past two years since the party’s formation and engage in a conversation
about how to maintain their relevance as a national political organization because so much has taken place in the interim.
He explained that some of the things that transformed the BMD from a disaffected faction of the ruling party into a national movement that attracted patriots of all political shades; and many of the previously non aligned youths were concerns about the state of governance, corruption, erosion of civil liberties, assault on human rights, degrading treatment of the civil servants, nepotism and the frightening course in which the country was going.
Meanwhile Moremi who was accompanied by his mother kept his audience in stiches with jokes about president Ian Khama.“President Khama is not a dictator but someone who uses head gestures to show approval and disapproval and the BDP members go along with that.
If he shakes his head in disapproval without saying a word they will all follow that,” he said throwing his audience into a fit of laughter. Multitudes of people that attended the launch included big names like Gaborone City Mayor Haskins Nkaigwa and BDP councillors in Maun.