BDP 'patronage selection' may backfire


FRANCISTOWN: The Botswana Democratic Party's (BDP) decision to choose nominated councillors at Sowa Town Council (STC) using 'political patronage' may haunt it in future, a legal expert has warned.

Although the party does not play any role in the selection of nominated councillors, its detractors are implicating it in the matter.

Their argument is that the decision to choose nominated councillors rests squarely on the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development who is appointed to serve in Cabinet at the pleasure of the President of Botswana and BDP.

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This remains to be seen, particularly as opposite unity has been seeing its ups and downs. In 2012, three opposition parties namely the Botswana National Front (BNF), the Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD), and the Botswana National Front (BNF) formed a political alliance under the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC). The Botswana Congress Party (BCP) would, after rebuffs, join the coalition in 2017.The promise made by the coalition to its...

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