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There is no inner BNF democracy

Phrases such as "I will crack the whip" or "step down in 2010" are common in the BNF leadership. The first phrase is used for the sole purpose of suppressing different views.
By Staff Writer Fri 28 Nov 2014, 06:00 am (GMT +2)
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This has left many people wondering if the main reason of the Central Committee is to be afraid of being engaged in a debate. The CC has resorted to usage of term  discipline in order to justify its myopic action. Though some of us are aware of the fact that CC is composed of agents of the capitalist BDP, we didn't expect them to behave like that. The above point is proved by the fact that Rre Otsweletse Moupo got advice from the former President H.E. Festus Mogae not to resign, but refused advice from BNF structures such as the Leadership forum, BNFYL and International Socialist Botswana (group member). The latter is reported to have been suspended.

The CC should understand that freedom of expression offers four broad purposes. First, it helps an individual to attain self-fulfillment. This implies that an individual requires information and opportunity to express his/her own ideas if he/she is to grow. If people are free to express their views, they will be able to expose their ignorance or their little political understanding. This will help them to learn and hence they will grow. As they grow in terms of understanding as members of the movement, their movement will also grow. This is simply because the existence of the movement depends on its membership. If they are enlightened, the movement is automatically enlightened.

Secondly, it assists in the discovery of truth. Comrades should be allowed to debate in order to discover the truth. Comrades are suspended or expelled by simply stating that the coming July gathering is supposed to be a congress. Why comrades are denied the right to debate this issue? This will give the comrades an opportunity to give their side of the story and CC to justify why the need for conference and not congress. Let people debate in order to discover the truth.

Thirdly, it enhances capacity of an individual to participate in a democratic society. For people to fully participate in their movement, they should be allowed to participate in any topic, which affects their movement. This will also give them a sense of belonging. They should be allowed to debate the issues freely. For example during the 2007 leadership forum in Mahalapye Comrade Mogalakwe Mogalakwe was denied the chance to air his views against the norms and culture of the BNF. This is also against the principle of movements, which were formed in the same manner as BNF. The ANC affiliates such as COSATU, SACP and ANCYL are never suspended for criticising their leadership. Why should it happen in the BNF? Comrade Mogalakwe finally got suspended by this incompetent Central Committee.

Lastly, it provides a mechanism by which to establish a reasonable balance between stability and social change. The instability currently experienced by BNF is due to lack of freedom of expression. The CC should not surround themselves with obscure sycophants (malope a nang le tlhasedi ya boloi) such as incompetent  members of the Kweneng region. The committee is composed of Primary Elections losers. Losers who are banking on the CC to order for a re-run. Freedom of expression is the greatest weapon in any society or movement. Let me conclude by quoting the Supreme Court of India in Rangarajan vs Jagjivran Ram and others "in a democracy it is not necessary that everyone should sing the same song...Democracy is a government by the people via open discussion... The public discussion with peoples' participation is a basic feature of democracy...Democracy can neither work nor prosper unless people go out to share their views. The truth is that public discussion on issues relating to administration has position value".


Cde Maikgantsho Ramontsho
LETLHAKANE WEST



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