BDP accused of coercing donors

UDC President speaking at press Conference PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO
UDC President speaking at press Conference PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO

Not so long after President Mokgweetsi Masisi’s nephew Olebile Pilane alleged that he was forced to donate to the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP), the Umbrella for Democratic Party (UDC) president, Duma Boko this week made some damning allegations that the ruling party coerces businesses to donate money and punishes those who refuse to do so.

Addressing the media on Tuesday, Boko said the businesspeople doing business in Botswana have been so intimidated, brainwashed and are fearful. He said the BDP forces their hand by putting a gun to their head, figuratively.

“They will not support anybody other than the ruling party. It is not because they like or want to but because they are forced. Some of them are blackmailed, they are bulldozed into supporting the BDP. They are phoned and told we want x millions from you.

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