Barometer test for UDC in Moselewapula


FRANCISTOWN: While the Botswana Congress Party (BCP) is still basking in the glory of its primary election that happened over the weekend at Moselewapula, it remains to be seen if that bubble will burst.

The BCP, a constituent party of the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) together with the Botswana National Front (BNF) and Botswana People’s Party (BPP), will be represented by Oagile Wairi during the by-election. Wairi will stand under the banner of the UDC in the by-election. The by-election happened as a result of the death of Moselewapula ward councillor, Reuben Kethoilwe in May following a long battle with cancer. Wairi defeated Gilbert Makombo in a two-horse race by 100 to 57 votes.

The BCP primary election occurred when the tumultuous relationship between the BCP and the BNF has already reached boiling point to such an extent that some people are even thinking that it is only a matter of time before the BCP hurtles towards the exit door of the UDC. The UDC is marred by leadership issues mostly between the BNF and BCP who hold the positions of the coalition’s president and vice president respectively. Hardly a week passes without the two influential UDC protagonists firing accusations and counter accusations in the media.

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