The Botswana Congress Party (BCP) conference scheduled for Mahalapye is expected to discuss the future of its five suspended Members of Parliament, Ink24 has established.
Selibe-Phikwe MP Dithapelo Keorapetse, Nkange Legislator Dr Never Tshabang as well as MP for Okavango Kenny Kapinga were slapped with suspension pending disciplinary action by the party yesterday.
The five MPs defied the party on Sunday by participating in the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) Parliamentary caucus that replaced suspended Leader of Opposition Dumelang Saleshando.
However, information gathered by this publication is that the future of the suspended MPs will be determined by the upcoming conference.
“The conference will decide whether they are expelled from the party or not. The MPs have shown that they no longer have the interest of the party at heart.
“They have to know that before UDC, there is BCP which they subscribe to its founding constitution,” a party insider close to the development said.
BCP Spokesperson Professor Mpho Pheko confirmed that the MPs will be part of the agenda.
“Obviously we are concerned about our MPs disunity, more so that they also have following in their respective constituencies.
“So, the issue will form part of the conference deliberations,” Pheko said in an interview.
However, Pheko allayed any fears of constituents supporting the MPs that defied the party.
“Our structures remain resolute and are working collaboratively with the party,” she stated.