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BDP suspends Mabaila for five years

Publishing Date : 08 October, 2018

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The Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) disciplinary committee has slapped the party’s Parliamentary candidate for Mogoditshane Tshephang Mabaila with a five year suspension.

 Immediately after the verdict was delivered, Mabaila disclosed that he will stand as an independent candidate in Mogoditshane and cursed those who conspired to have him suspended especially Alfred Madigele and Setlhomo Lelatisitswe. “I am happy that Madigele lost the primary elections in Molapowabojang-Mathethe and I am hoping that Lelatisitswe will lose in Boteti East,” he said.

According to Mabaila the hearing was unfair because the people who accused him were not called to the hearing in order to afford him the opportunity to cross examine them. A foiled no confidence motion tabled by the Leader of Opposition (LOO) Duma Boko on President Mokgweetsi Masisi three months ago threw Mabaila under a bus. His accusers say he was lobbying for the success of the motion and some cabinet ministers penned letters that supported Secretary General, Mpho Balopi’s case against Mabaila.

The ruling BDP had moved swiftly during that week to suspend Mabaila for 60 days pending disciplinary hearing, following revelation of his involvement in trying to bring down Masisi’s administration, few months after the latter succeeded Khama.  
Although he proclaims that he will never join the opposition, Mabaila forgets that he is already opposing the BDP by declaring that he will be an independent candidate.

The BDP is expected to call fresh primary elections in Mogoditshane and Chillyboy Rakgare may be given a waiver to contest the primary elections. Meanwhile some of Mabaila’ supporters were seen dumping their party membership cards and regalia in front of Tsholetsa House. Mabaila claimed that some councilors in the constituency have promised to defect from the party in protest of how he was treated.



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