BDP revels in 'southern comfort'

The Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) made history yesterday by winning most constituencies in the South, including those that were long time opposition strongholds.

For example, for the first time the BDP won controlling council seats in Lobatse, Gaborone, Tlokweng and in areas like Mochudi while the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) only won a single council seat in those areas. However, the ruling party lost its stronghold in the central part of the country especially Serowe areas.

Two opposition leaders, UDC president Duma Boko and Alliance for Progressives (AP) Ndaba Gaolathe did not retain their seats. Boko is the former MP for Gaborone Bonnington North while Gaolathe was the MP for Gaborone Bonnington South. Political analyst, Anthony Morima said the reason opposition parties failed to do well in the South was because of splitting the opposition vote.

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