New party formed in Botswana

30 Apr 2010
Harare - A new political party has been formed in Botswana. It is called the Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD).It split from the ruling Botswana Democratic Party, a spokesperson of the party, Sidney Pilane told journalists this week. He said the party was soon submit its constitution to the Registrar of Societies. “We held a meeting on Monday where delegates endorsed the Party’s name and colours: black, white and bright orange. ‘Barata Phathi’ was retained as the rallying cry of the new party,” he said. According to Pilane, the leaders of the new party are MPs Botsalo Ntuane (Gaborone West South), Wynter Mmolotsi (Francistown South), Gilbert Mangole (Kgatleng West) and Guma Moyo (Tati East); lawyer Sidney Pilane (former advisor to President Mogae), Kabo Morwaeng (former BDP central committee) and Councillor Freddy Ramodise. Banished BDP secretary general Gomolemo Motswaledi is also likely to be part of the leadership. “The name symbolizes our hopes and ideals: democracy, rule of law, civil liberties, a free market economy and respect for human rights,” he said. Pilane said they were aware of the challenges ahead but are ready to get down to business right away. “The substantive BMD leadership will be elected by the different party structures in due course. On membership, we expect to register thousands of members as soon as we have begun distributing membership forms.” Last week President Khama branded the dissidents power hungry. “The same group of misguided elements then made “resolutions” and demands, which are now a matter of record that were widely disseminated in the public arena. These have tarnished the reputation of the party and Government, as well as sowing further seeds of instability,” Khama said in a statement read out on state television. .Khama said self-interests can never be allowed to undermine the interests of the BDP. “On the contrary, it is our duty, as democrats, at all times to position first the interests of the country, the nation and the party - and not narrow personal ambitions of individuals,” he said.