Eight months after the Botswana general elections,Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) might experience a rise in factions before its elective congress.Though Mmadinare has proven to be BDP’s strong hold over the years, Mmadinare Constituency is faced with internal problems, Parrot News has established.
Last year the constituency saw the area member of Parliament Molebatsi Molebatsi emerging victorious and securing a seat in Parliament.Molebatsi’s success to becoming legislator came after he ousted former Member of Parliament who is the current Minister of Land Management, Water and Sanitation Kefentse Mzwinila during the BDP primary elections.Mzwinila was brought back to parliament by President Mokgweetsi Masisi as a specially elected MP and later instituted with a ministerial role. Information gathered by Parrot News denote that minister Mzwinila derecognise his party colleague who is also Mmadinare MP Molebatsi.
Twice Mzwinila has benevolently gave donations in a form of food hampers and blankets to the constituency without Molebatsi’s knowledge something that factions within the constituency have since labeled a campaign between the duo. “I did not know about the donations, but I only saw them on social media,” said Molebatsi when asked why he was not present at the handing over of Mzwinila’s donations.According to Molebatsi, what Mzwinila did was not procedural. Molebatsi said it is only rightful for the area MP to be present during the handing over of such donations. Molebatsi even cited an example of Bamangwato Motors which annually donates blankets to the constituency but does not hand them to the villagers without the village leaders’ knowledge.Molebatsi further explained that what Mzwinila was doing is not good for the party. “I am honestly not against him helping but he should follow the right procedure,” he said.Mzwinila did not respond to this publication questionnaire, and questions sent through WhatsApp which show that he has read them.
Although it is evident friction is surfacing between the two legislators, BDP Communications and International Relations Kagelelo Banks Kentse remains adamant the BDP is at its best moment under President Mokgweetsi Masisi’s leadership. According to Kentse the BDP is very united and all Democrats are rallying behind the current leadership.” It’s peaceful and nice in the BDP. In 2024 we are going be an even stronger party and the opposition must brace itself,” said Kentse.