3 DOWN, 3 TO GO
Already stained red with high-profile casualties, the dreaded axe is set to swing at the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) once again.
The Voice has learnt that the ruling party’s Disciplinary Committee will call three more Members of Parliament for a disciplinary hearing soon.
The trio allegedly facing the chop are: Shoshong MP, Phillip Makgalemele; Palapye MP, Master Goya and Francistown West’s, Mokwaledi Moswaane.
According to an insider from Tsholetsa house, the committee is waiting for suitable charges that can be put forward against the three legislatures, who are said to have been ‘showing alignment’ to former President Ian Khama over President Mokgweetsi Masisi.
Moswaane is accused of discrediting the party constitution in a number of media interviews whilst the other two are said to be ‘Team Khama’.
“Makgalemele was also found to have been paying Guma (Moyo) a visit in South Africa, something that irked the party leaders,” claimed the source.
The move to summon the three MPs follows a series of meetings that saw MP for Lerala/Maunatlala, Prince Maele suspended for 12 months, MP for Tati East, Guma Moyo expelled from the party and MP for Tati West, Biggie Butale slapped with a six-month suspension.
The source explained that the on-going cull is to clean out all the ‘outlaws’ from the party and leave Masisi with a team he can trust in the future.
When asked about Khama’s meetings, the highly placed Disciplinary Committee member, who did not want to be named in fear of being victimised for leaking confidential information, claimed the party would not take any action against the former President.
“Suspending him may destabilise the party because he is likely to go to court or tarnish our name further, so it is better to frustrate him by suspending those around him.
“Hopefully he will feel the heat and resign on his own. We have little or no time for him!” were the source’s strong words.
However, when contacted for a comment, Makgalemele claimed he was not aware of a looming summons while Goya said that as far as he knows he has not committed any offence that warrants a hearing. Efforts to reach Moswaane failed as his phone did not go through.
Meanwhile, the BDP’s Chairperson of the Communications and International Relations Sub Committee, Banks Kentse revealed they only act after a complaint has been made by a party member.
“So far there are no complaints registered against the three that you have mentioned,” he said.