BCP’s coalition commitment: One foot in?

Goretetse Kekgonegile speaking at press conference PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO
Goretetse Kekgonegile speaking at press conference PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO

The Botswana Congress Party (BCP) has revealed that its decision to contest Bophirima ward in the Gaborone Bonnington South constituency outside the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) arrangement does not mark the official withdrawal of the party from the UDC. But the BCP, which is a key ally in the opposition coalition, knows that the decision might attract serious disciplinary action and it raises suspicions that the Dumelang Saleshando-led party might be on its way out of the coalition. But one foot still remains on the UDC doorstep. The BCP is neither leaving nor remaining, writes Mmegi Staffer MOMPATI TLHANKANE

This week, the BCP central committee (CC) blatantly announced that the party does not recognise Mankie Sekete of the Botswana National Front (BNF) as the UDC Bophirima ward candidate and would instead field its preferred candidate Peter Mogapi using its name and colours in the upcoming by-election. The BCP central committee is aware that the decision is likely to split votes and give the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) advantage going into the by-election. It also knows very well that the defiance might not only cost the party the ward, but threatens UDC stability, a matter the BCP claims has already been shaken by issues of poor governance, lack of consultations and communication by UDC leadership.

The BCP secretary-general (SG), Goretetse Kekgonegile told the media on Monday that UDC president, Duma Boko has spurned all efforts to convene a NEC meeting to discuss the Bophirima ward impasse.

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