Suspended Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) Mogoditshane parliamentary aspirant, Tshepang Mabaila is not taking allegations that he was lobbying some MPs to support an opposition motion lying down.
He has now taken the fight to the Speaker of the National Assembly Gladys Kokorwe and demands answers as a matter of urgency.
In a letter dated September 24, 2018 he acknowledged receipt of a letter dated July 18, 2018, which was written to President Mokgweetsi Masisi from Kokorwe’s office by MP Sethomo Lelatisitswe (Boteti East constituency).
In his letter, Mabaila wants to know why the matter was addressed from National Assembly while the matter seems to be a political one and why the MP used a letterhead of the government on matters of politics.
He also wants to know why the received letter was addressed to the President of the Republic of Botswana rather than the party president or the disciplinary committee itself. “In addition, the letter was addressed to your office but was written for the President of Republic of Botswana. Wouldn’t it be appropriate to have it addressed to the BDP president rather?” he said.
Mabaila said he believes that the MP has abused the office of the National Assembly to address partisan matters using government resources.
He also wants to know how such letters or what steps must be taken in
Kokorwe could not respond to Mmegi because she was feeling under the weather. “I am not feeling well, I am sorry I can’t answer your questions. Can I kindly rest?” was all she could say.
In a letter to the Mogoditshane parliamentary aspirant, the BDP president, Masisi stated that Mabaila committed offences against the rules and regulations and General Code of Conduct of the ruling party.
Some of the offences listed include behaving in a grossly disorderly and unruly manner that might put the party name into disrepute contrary to General Code of Conduct Number 11, and sowing seeds of discord in the party, using regionalism, tribalism or factionalism contrary to General Code of Conduct Number 6.
Another offence is contemptuous behaviour towards BDP leadership and other members contrary to General Code of Conduct number 7.
“As a party member, you were obliged to abide by the constitution, rules and regulations of the party, and expected to promote the philosophy, policies and programmes as stated particularly in Article 14 sub-section 1 and 2 thereof.”