Mmegi Online :: Defection of Odirile Motlhale proves BMD is a spoiler
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Defection of Odirile Motlhale proves BMD is a spoiler

The defection of the BMD Member of Parliament for South East South (Ramotswa) Odirile Motlhale from the BMD to the BDP proves that the BMD is a spoiler in the effort to unite opposition parties especially the BCP and the BNF.
By Staff Writer Sat 30 Apr 2016, 15:06 pm (GMT +2)
Mmegi Online :: Defection of Odirile Motlhale proves BMD is a spoiler








The defection of Odirile Motlhale clearly proves that the BCP was right to refuse to give South East South constituency to the BMD because it did not trust most BMD MP's arguing that they will defect with the seats back to the BDP after 2014 general elections. The BCP is being proven right and the BNF President Duma Boko cannot help but be left in embarrassment after defending the BMD against the BCP.

Many will remember that the 2011 Opposition Cooperation talks to form the Umbrella I which included the BCP collapsed mainly because the parties could not agree on the allocation of constituencies and the BMD which is to blame was rigid and wanted Odirile Motlhale to be allowed to contest Ramotswa constituency. The BCP seems to have realised that Odirile Motlhale and many other BMD MP's who have not gone back to the BDP could not be trusted. To the disappointment of many, the BNF President Duma Boko attacked the BCP saying that the BCP should give the BMD Ramotswa constituency so that Odirile Motlhale can contest under the BMD and Boko indicated that people like Odirile Motlhale cannot go back to the BDP. This was also after Duma Boko attacked the BCP for wanting to remove Botsalo Ntuane from the position of the Leader of Opposition after the BCP realised that Botsalo Ntuane was on his way to the BDP. The BNF President Duma Boko used his Presidential powers to re-install Botsalo Ntuane indicating that Botsalo Ntuane was a jewel of opposition politics. Much to the disappointment of many and proving the BNF President wrong, Botsalo Ntuane then left for the BDP while still the Leader of Opposition. Once again, the BNF President Duma Boko was embarrassed after the people that he has defended disappointed him.

The recent defection of Odirile Motlhale to the BDP

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from the BMD shows that the BMD as a party is no longer viable and cannot be trusted. The people who have formed it are now abandoning it in an unprecedented manner.

The defection proves right the belief of many people that the BMD was formed by self-centred people who wanted to reap where other opposition parties had worked. The BMD members were only interested in power for themselves and after realising that their plan was not succeeding, decided to go back to the ruling BDP. The defection further shows that many BNF central committee members who had left the BNF to join the BCP were right when they wanted the BNF to work with the BCP as opposed to the untrustworthy BMD. The continuing defections further shows that the BCP is a party which is able to see the dangers that lies ahead. The BNF President must apologise to the BCP and the nation for destroying the opposition talks between the BCP and the BNF simply because he was promised the Presidency of the Umbrella. He is now embarrassed as he is leading an Umbrella that is even fearful of standing for elections as will be the case with it not standing for Letlhakeng West parliamentary by-election using the UDC symbol. Every BMD defection to the BDP must be followed by every apology from the BNF President Duma Boko to the BCP for the BCP is being proved right. The nation should be reminded that the BCP is not against cooperation and the BCP had indicated that it wanted pact with the BNF. Odirile Motlhale's defection is an embarrassment to the BMD and its friend Duma Boko as these defections by BMD members back to the BDP proves that the BMD is a spoiler in opposition cooperation, especially between BCP and BNF.

Kenneth Nelson

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