BDP returns with guns blazing

The BPF is raring to go and defend Serowe West constituency in the upcoming by-election
The BPF is raring to go and defend Serowe West constituency in the upcoming by-election

After absenting itself from Serowe following defeat during 2019 General Election, the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) has vowed to return with guns blazing to reclaim its lost headlock, Serowe West constituency.

The idea according to the ruling party’s secretary-general, Kavis Kario, is to regain what they had lost in the last polls after some diehards had decided during the time to emotionally out of fury vote out the BDP from its long held stronghold. The BDP’s return to Serowe comes at a crucial time when pundits are already doubting the party as a viable contender in the area.

The impending by-election is crucial for both the BDP and its splinter party, Botswana Patriotic Party (BPF). Whilst the BDP would like to gain lost ground, the beleaguered BPF on the other hand would want to prove a point to its doubters that its victory four years ago was not by fluke. The BPF’s main threat is factionalism which is tearing the party asunder. Whilst BPF leader, Biggie Butale, was recently boosted by a court victory that emphasised that he is indeed the substantive party president, a faction that wants to usher in the party’s patron Ian Khama as its leader has been regrouping and making the incumbent stay in office problematic.

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