Klaas Motshidisi - The invincible hand behind the BNF split in 1998

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The other day I visited Michael Dingake at his residence in Mogoditshane. We discussed politics as usual. Then the issue of the Botswana National Front (BNF) split in 1998 cropped up. He revealed something which really startled me about Klaas Motshidisi and his role in the split.

I was startled because all along I have never figured the active role Motshidisi played in the split, though I knew that to some extent he was involved with the concerned group. I only ascribed it chiefly to Mareledi Giddie (May his soul rest in peace), Billy Makuku, Patrick Kgoadi and Lemogang Ntime amonst others.

Comrade Mike mentioned that some time in 1996 he was approached by some comrades who wanted him to contest for the vice presidency again. Among those who approached him was Mokweetsi Kgosipula. Mike said he accepted. But he was later approached by yet another team that wanted him to contest for Secretary General instead. But he told them that he has already been asked to contest for vice presidency and that the team can talk to the other group about it.

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