BCP, BDP fight for BNF’s old wreck


Gaborone South, a constituency which was a Botswana National Front (BNF) stronghold from 1984 before the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) snatched it in the 2009 General Election, is now a hunting ground as parties prepare for the upcoming October polls.

The Botswana Congress Party (BCP) and the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) recently invaded Old Naledi popularly known as Zola as the two parties hope to claim the Gaborone South constituency in the upcoming General Election. The incumbent Member of Parliament (MP) for the constituency is Dumezweni Mthimkhulu. The area is made up of wards, Naledi South, Naledi Central, Naledi North, Babusi, Bontleng and Selemela. The BCP was the first in Gaborone South recently as it aimed to salvage lifeless wrecks of its parent party when they headed to the shores of Gaborone's iconic township. The BCP, a BNF splinter party, has never won this constituency and basically has shaky footprints in an area which was regarded as the former BNF leader the late Dr Kenneth Koma’s political bunker. Oral Mosedame of the BCP has been deployed by the lime movement to salvage the sunken BNF wreck from the seabed. But it will not be easy because the same party, which sank it almost 15 years ago, made sure that the task carries an element of risk.

Mosedame identifies as a person who belongs to the historically impoverished, high-density Old Naledi and during his recent launch, he could not help but emphasise that the BDP-led government does not care about Gaborone's oldest and poorest locations. “This is one of the oldest constituencies and Gaborone grew and developed from here. Various areas of Gaborone are made of bricks from Gaborone South but unfortunately it is the least developed in Gaborone. What have we done to the BDP to treat us this way especially that they found us here and never developed us,” Mosedame said. He said the BDP denies people in the constituency access to water and land. Mosedame said there were people who used to survive by fishing but the current government decided to deny them access to the Gaborone Dam.

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