President of the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC), Duma Boko might find himself caught between a rock and a hard place in his quest to make peace with strained coalition partner, Botswana Congress Party (BCP). There is another mountain to climb within his beleaguered party Botswana National Front (BNF). As a result, Mmegi Staff Writer RYDER GABATHUSE writes that there is trouble in the opposition bloc
Firstly, I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to President Mokgweetsi Masisi for having ordered this timely Constitutional Review. However, for some of us who are under threat of assimilation and possible extinction this review is, regrettably, long overdue. This country, Botswana, is bedevilled with inequalities leading to extreme and unprecedented tribalism because of the manner in which our Constitution is framed, and needless to say this is mainly the reason why Phillip (PG) Matante then leader of the Bechuanaland Peoples Party (BPP) walked away from the Constitutional talks at Marlborough House, London, in February, 1966.
The looming exit of Botswana Congress Party (BCP) from the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) should not be viewed as good news by the BCP, which needs to retain its legislative seats in the 2024 general elections.
Ousted founding partners, alleged one man show, twice the loser, failed inaugural congress and now suspended vice president are phrases that can be thrown about to describe the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC)’s shortcomings since it was formed. Even though the UDC’s last weekend decision to suspend its vice President Dumelang Saleshando might be a straw that broke the camel’s back, its failed inaugural congress takes the crown. Writes Mmegi Staffer MOMPATI TLHANKANE
The taxman plans to institute a controversial “track and trace” system for the alcohol and tobacco industry this year, a sector it says is among those responsible for the loss of up to P3 billion every year in unpaid taxes. The system’s introduction ends after a six-year battle that went all the way to the Finance Ministry, reports Staff Writer, MBONGENI MGUNI