FRANCISTOWN: Francistown West constituents have reacted differently about Ignatius Moswaane’s resignation from Botswana Democratic Party (BDP).
Some of the constituents supported Member of Parliament (MP) stating that even if he remained in the BDP he was bond to be sacked while others believed that his tactics so far prove that he long wanted to part ways with the party.
This week Mmegi asked some of the constituents their opinion on the matter. Monarch Area 2 location resident Mosetsanagape Petros said Moswaane made a good decision to resign from BDP before he was expelled. She said the controversial Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2020, which was expected to be tabled in Parliament serves to threaten political leaders who wish to reign from BDP. Petros further said Moswaane’s days in BDP were long numbered because he was a threat to his own party as he spoke against corruption and abject poverty in his constituency and country as a whole. “Even his suspension was just a warning to silence him about being vocal on corruption issues but the same leaders forget that he was voted by the people in order to represent them before parliament,” she said. According to the Francistown West constituent as the westerners they are going with Moswaane where ever he goes because he is a true leader.
Petros further said: “I am even certain that all my family members and neighbors in Monarch Area 2 support the Honorable MP because he has done a lot for us. Moswaane is like our very own angel and lifesaver because he treats everyone equally either poor or rich as people’’.
She also said that even if Moswaane joins opposition or forms a new party the masses from Francistown West and across the country would follow him because he speaks nothing but the truth.
Another Francistown West constituent from Phase 5 location, Oarata Jusi echoed the same sentiments with Petros.
She said that Moswaane made a good move by resigning from BDP before he could be expelled. She said that the ruling party has a tendency of getting rid of the people who speak on behalf of others because they are perceived as a threat to the party’s credibility. She added that the BDP leadership has a tendency of clipping the Mp’s freedom of speech hence Moswaane should go where he can exercise his right to freedom of speech.
Jusi further said that Moswaane’s charisma to speak about corruption opened a can of worms and hit where it hearts most therefore it was very obvious that the BDP would fire him.
She said that the matter became clear when the party started raising the floor-crossing bill after Moswaane’s suspension. Jusi said that even the Francistown West parliamentarian’s suspension was not fair because his only crime was to speak on behalf of the people.
The outspoken supporter of Moswaane said that on the ground she was certain that people are going to reigns from the ruling party to follow their Honorable MP. She described him as a selfless man with a caring heart and always vocal for his people.
Another resident of Gerald Estate, Dawkins Dinakenyane said that Moswaane should just join the opposition because they have long waited for his move.
He added that he should just unleash his colours so that they can understand the kind of person they are dealing with.
Dinakenyane further said Moswaane had long decided to join the opposition before his suspension but was still under his (Moswaane) shell and playing with people’s emotions.He also said that Moswaane deserved his suspension because he was always breaking the BDP’s constitution, which he claimed to love.
Dinakenyane added: “I feel like if Moswaane had issues with some of the BDP initiatives, he could have dealt with the matter internally by following the right channel of communications before spilling the beans to the public”.
He said that Moswaane has over the years continued to be against the ruling party by breaking all the BDP’s rules intentionally for public sympathy.
He gave example that when Moswaane was suspended from the party recently and was directed not to share this internal party communication with third parties. But only after a few hours that he acted against the directive and spilled the beans on social media.