BPP, ex-SG smoke peace pipe

BPP ex-SG Galetshabiwe PIC: KEOAGILE BONANG
BPP ex-SG Galetshabiwe PIC: KEOAGILE BONANG

FRANCISTOWN: The political fallout between the Botswana Peoples Party (BPP) and its former secretary-general (SG), Venter Galetshabiwe, that burst into the public domain last year after he was unceremoniously sacked from the party, has been finally resolved after he was accepted back into the party.

According to a resolution that was taken over the weekend after the national executive committee (NEC) of the BPP held its meeting at Selepa Hotel here, Galetshabiwe was accepted back into the BPP fold after he wrote a letter of apology to the party seeking to be reinstated. The deputy SG of the BPP, Tiroyaone Ntsima, who was a parliamentary candidate for the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) in the 2019 general election and a Botswana Congress Party (BCP) member then, confirmed the new developments to Mmegi on Tuesday in an interview. “The issue of welcoming our former SG Galetshabiwe was concluded over the weekend at our NEC meeting. He wrote a letter of apology to be accepted back into the party and his welcome back into the BPP is one of the resolutions that the party made at its NEC meeting.

He has been accepted back as an ordinary member after his expulsion from the party last year,” said Ntsima. In the aftermath of Ntsima’s expulsion from the BPP, he at one point contemplated taking the party to court in a bid to be reinstated but he. however, did not carry out that legal threat. Galetshabiwe’s expulsion from the BPP reportedly divided it. Some members of the central committee of the BPP additional member Cornelius Gopolang, youth league chairperson Thato Ntwaetsile, national organising secretary Mbaakanyi Smarts and party chairperson Richard Gudu were against Galetshabiwe’s expulsion from the BPP.

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