Khama prefers Butale while Serowe want Seretse
As the countdown to its official launch heats up, cracks are already emerging within the newly formed Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF).
Set to be launched in Kanye on 6 July, the controversial party’s hierarchy are reportedly divided over who their leader should be.
According to an insider, some senior members from Serowe feel that the former Minister of Defence, Justice and Security, Ramadeluka Seretse should be the party President.
The move is said to have annoyed former President Ian Khama, whose preferred choice is Tati West’s Biggie Butale.
Another headache is that of Member of Parliament (MP) for Tati East, Guma Moyo who has allegedly complained of being sidelined.
The legislator, who is currently in South Africa on a self-imposed exile, is said to have expressed his displeasure to close associates after the BPF’s structure was circulated on the party’s social media platform.
He reportedly demanded an explanation about his position within the party without specifying what role he wants.
“It is difficult now because Guma is in South Africa and we don’t even know if he will come back to join us. Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi is another person who is giving us headaches because she asked to be given time to consult her family. As far as we know she is a BDP member but she complained that we are sidelining her,” said a member who spoke on condition of anonymity.
The source further noted that although Venson- Moito and Guma have been quick at complaining, they have not contributed a single Thebe to the party.
“Only Khama is helping the party, including rental for our office, which will be located at African Mall in Gaborone.”
When contacted for a comment, Butale confirmed he had Khama’s backing, adding there was no way he was going to step down for Seretse.
“We will go for elections if he wants to challenge me for the presidency. But I doubt if he will stand at the end of the day,” said Butale.
Meanwhile, Moyo, who declined to speak on the allegations, assured The Voice he would be returning to Botswana soon.
The normally outspoken MP, however, refused to field any further questions.
For her part, Venson-Moitoi dismissed growing reports she was eyeing the Presidency or Chairmanship positions.
“Regarding a statement that I made about consulting my family, yes it is true I consult with my family about everything I do. I have friends in BPF and they have their wishes but I have not registered with them, therefore how can I seek positions when I am not a member?” queried the Serowe South MP.
Finally, Seretse, who declared he was going to contest as an independent candidate, was uncertain of his next move by the time of going to press.
“I have not exercised my mind on whether to accept the BPF presidency or not,” he responded after being asked if he was ready to lead the BDP splinter party.