BCP wanted to infiltrate us—AP

Dumelang Saleshando and Ndaba Gaolathe at a rally PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO
Dumelang Saleshando and Ndaba Gaolathe at a rally PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO

The relationship between the once-promising allies, Botswana Congress Party (BCP) and Alliance for Progressives (AP), finally reached a dead end on Friday.

The AP says they strongly believe that the BCP was attempting to infiltrate the party and ultimately break it up. Speaking at a media conference on Saturday, AP secretary-general, Phenyo Butale, said the BCP wanted to break them apart with the help of some known characters in the AP. “This to us is an attempt to infiltrate and break our party. We take this as a serious transgression and that collapses whatever trust we had in the negotiations. Contrary to the agreement that the negotiators will keep the talks strictly confidential, some members of the AP were kept selectively briefed by the BCP leadership leading to acrimony and division within the AP,” he said.

Butale further accused the BCP of planting stories in the media. He indicated that before March 2023, negotiation discussions were free, honest, and open, until they started to see a barrage of leaks in the newspapers. He said they felt that the new development caused a lot of uneasiness amongst AP negotiators and membership at large. “Trust has been irrevocably broken between AP and the BCP. Most of the newspapers carried stories that covered the details of issues that were discussed at the negotiating table which indicated to us that the journalists had clearly been briefed by someone close to the talks,” he pointed out.

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