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TOUGH TALK: BDP Secretary General, Mpho Balopi

SG accuses external forces of threatening Botswana’s peace

Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) Secretary General (SG) Mpho Balopi has warned of ‘external forces’ who he says are intent on threatening Botswana’s peace, tranquility and stability.

Addressing members of the media in a fiery press conference on Tuesday, Balopi noted the party’s recent presidential position contest had attracted a number of unprecedented events.

He stressed the BDP were taking this very seriously, adding that how the country is run cannot be tampered with by anyone who is not a key stakeholder.

“We condemn citizens who are partnering with those who want for their selfish reason to destabilise this country for their own benefit at the expense of the nation and leadership.

“We have seen articles and allegations in newspapers about certain people promising a lot of things in exchange for material benefits. We want to say, ‘those who are doing this, stop it!’ At some point it will come to an end and it might not be in the most favourable manner for the perpetrators,” fired Balopi.

In the run-up to the Kang Presidential Elections, reports emerged of alleged money laundering and illicit funding of Pelonomi Venson Moitoi’s campaign by South African businesswoman Bridgette Motsepe Radebe and others in an apparent bid to topple President Mokgweetsi Masisi.

Balopi revealed he was meeting with his African National Congress (ANC) counterpart, Ace Magashule on Thursday to discuss the ‘disturbing allegations’.

Turning his attention to last weekend’s election, the SG noted it was the first time in BDP’s history for a member to challenge the party president.

As such, they had to conduct a rigorous verification, as there were queries over who is a delegate and thus eligible to nominate.

Balopi said they were happy that court resolved the matter and they have learnt something from the judges’ decision.

He said the party has a constitution and conflict resolution process but there is the constitution of the country which supersedes all organisations and gives Moitoi the right to go to court – a decision he said the party respect.

“This experience has triggered thinking that we should look at our constitution and be very clear as to how certain things can unfold. As a party we are ready to change in response to our electorates and give Batswana what they want. We are a legal entity that needs transformation from time to time. This has been a major learning curve. We appreciate Motoi’s decision to withdraw from the race,” concluded Balopi.

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