AP leadership negotiated in bad faith—BCP

Mpho Pheko. PIC MORERI SEJAKGOMO
Mpho Pheko. PIC MORERI SEJAKGOMO

With cooperation talks failing after the withdrawal of the Alliance for Progressives (AP), Botswana Congress Party says the AP leadership negotiated in bad faith. BCP is now accusing their ally of cutting a deal for themselves with the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC).

The AP has been engaged in the process of negotiations with the BCP and the Botswana Labour Party (BLP) since September 2022. The intention was to conclude the talks within 10 weeks but there was a deadlock on seven constituencies. The deadlock lasted four months until AP decided to withdraw altogether recently.

In a media release after the last attempt to save the talks on Friday, BCP spokesperson Mpho Pheko said how the talks evolved suggests that the AP negotiated in bad faith. “As the record shows, the AP acted as if it was entitled to constituencies which objective criteria suggested BCP should have first claim on, including all the seven on which the two were deadlocked,” she said.

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