Member of Parliament for Tati West, Biggie Butale, has cried foul at his six months suspension from the party arguing that the charge did not warrant a suspension or even a hearing.

The legislator who is also the Assistant Minister of Health and Wellness said his offence was telling people in his constituency during a tour in January that he was going to contest the upcoming 2019 general elections and that no one was going to stop him from doing so.

Butale uttered the words despite the fact that he had lost the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP)’s primary elections to Simon Mavange.

Although he has been given 14 days to appeal, Butale said that he intended to first consult his family and constituents about his next move. “I cannot say anything until I have consulted my family, friends and my constituency,” he said.

Regarding his court case in which he is challenging the outcome of the last BDP ‘Bulela Ditswe’ elections, Butale said that the case has died. “The court case collapses now because even if I win, I have already been suspended from the party and it will make no difference,” he added.

The verdict which was delivered by the Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee, Damien Thapa, also indicated that for the entire period of his suspension, Butale shall not enjoy all the rights and privileges ordinarily enjoyed by members of the party as outlined in Article 13 of the BDP Constitution.

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