Motlhale returns to BDP

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The Member of Parliament for South East South, Odirile Motlhale, has retraced his steps back to the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) after staying at the Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) for two years.

Confirming Motlhale's re-defection yesterday, BDP secretary for publicity Macdonald Peloetletse said Motlhale was not alone in "the journey back home" as he was returning alongside the Councillor Ramotswa Central, Boiki Gaseitsiwe.   He added that the two were welcomed back by the South East South Branch Committee of the BDP last Saturday. They were the only BMD members holding elective office in South East South. Motlhale left the BMD last October saying rather unconvincingly that he was going independent. His departure from the BMD prompted rumours that he could be going back to the corporate world. He kept everybody guessing until last week when he made public his intentions to return to the BDP. During his brief stay in the opposition, Motlhale successfully tabled a motion calling for the establishment of a Parliamentary Special Select Committee to investigate allegations of corruption at Botswana Development Corporation's Palapye-based Fengyue Glass project, among other things.  A scathing report was released last November exposing culpable errors of judgment by senior employees of both the BDC and the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning. Government is yet to act on the findings and recommendations of the committee. Efforts to contact Motlhale proved futile as his mobile phone was off air at time of going to press yesterday.

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