Defiant BCP legislators suspended

Suspended: Newly appointed LOO Keorapetse, Tshabang, Ramogapi, Tshere and Kapinga PICS: BWPARLIAMENT
Suspended: Newly appointed LOO Keorapetse, Tshabang, Ramogapi, Tshere and Kapinga PICS: BWPARLIAMENT

Five defiant Botswana Congress Party (BCP) Members of Parliament (MP) who were part of the Umbrella for Democratic Party (UDC) caucus that toppled former Leader of Opposition (LOO), Dumelang Saleshando and replaced him with Dithapelo Keorapetse have been suspended.

The members, who also include the newly appointed LOO Keorapetse, are Kenny Kapinga, Onneetse Ramogapi, Never Tshabang, and David Tshere. “The BCP central committee at its meeting held on July 12, took a decision to suspend you from the party with immediate effect pending disciplinary action. During the period of your suspension, you are barred from participating in any party activity of whatsoever nature. You will be served with your charges and applicable timelines for your suspension in due course,” Keorapetse’s suspension letter reads.

The five MPs defied a party directive not to participate in the caucus that was held on July 10 or any subsequent caucuses intended to deal with any matter affecting Saleshando until after the direction the party conference scheduled for July 15–18 would decide. As BCP legislators who defied their party, they made up the greater part of the eight MPs who removed Saleshando from the LOO position.

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