BDP officials quarrel over dagga insult

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A senior Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) officer at the centre of the controversy surrounding the primary for the Tonota North by-election has accused the party's Electoral Board chief, Parks Tafa of insulting her by calling her a dagga smoker.

BDP Political Education and Elections Committee (PEEC) member, Lamodimo Dikomang, said Tafa used abusive language in reference to her at a meeting held in Gaborone last week to determine whether it is necessary to recount the votes from the Tonota North primary. A visibly angry Dikomang said that she was shocked when Tafa uttered the words "that I must have smoked dagga. I don't smoke nor drink, as I am a Christian. I wondered why he would use such abusive and belittling words against me. But because I was in his office, I kept quiet and swallowed his insults".

The former Francistown deputy mayor revealed that at the meeting, she disclosed that she had in her possession marked ballot papers she found the day after the results of the primary were announced. She had gone back to get something she had forgotten at the counting centre in Mathangwane when she found the ballot papers in an envelope under a table.

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