Warns party of infiltration by opponents
Botswana National Front (BNF) president Duma Boko has issued a stern warning to the party youth found to be conniving with opponents to destabilize the party. Addressing the youth at their elective congress held in Mahalapye over the weekend, Boko cautioned the youth, saying the party was surrounded by enemies who have already infiltrated them.
“The period we are in is the struggle, you need to understand the dangers that come with it,” he said , explaining that incentives will be offered by opponents but they need to remain loyal to the struggle. “ Your mission is to identify suffering and to let suffering speak. That is what you are called to do as comrades in the struggle,” he said , threatening that those who betray the struggle will have him to deal with.
“I will personally blow off the brains of anyone who will betray this struggle and its course. Our course does not admit any sell outs and those prepared to be bought must appreciate that in this struggle, we will not entertain any betrayal because if you betray this struggle, you will get all comrades wiped out and the dreams of our people.”
Boko also cautioned the youth against indiscipline, saying they needed to stop attacking each other and the party leadership especially on social media. “ None of us is bigger than this organization, none of us is more important that the organization and in the difficult time that we are in, where the enemy has become emboldened by the fact that there are some amongst us here who are prepared to sell their soul, then we need to be more vigilant as BNF, ” he cautioned, calling for dedicated members who will defend the party with their lives and not those who attack it.
Furthermore, the BNF president warned the youth against what he said was unpleasant and uncomplimentary comments about the party and its leadership on social media. “ I sometimes cringe when I read what some of you write and realize that comrades are up in arms against other comrades; spitting venom and insulting each other- all in the name of being revolutionary,” Boko stated. He said it was time for the youth to introspect and establish the kind of youth that they want to be. “ We will always argue, quarrel and differ, but we need to be respectful and do so with dignity,” he said, telling those who contested the elections to accept results with humility.
Giving a solidarity message, BOPEU president Andrew Motsamai advised the youth league to exercise discipline saying without discipline, the youth would not take the organization anywhere. “The youth must respect the constitution, must critique and not bash the leadership. The youth must rise above the cancer of factionalism and grow our organizations. It seems to me that, these one expects from a genuine revolutionary disciplined cadre,” Motsamai said.