BNF members want to re-open allocation talks

Recently, the BNF has been losing key members PIC PHATSIMO KAPENG
Recently, the BNF has been losing key members PIC PHATSIMO KAPENG

Botswana National Front (BNF) members in the Kgatleng East and Mmopane/Lentsweletau constituencies are hopeful that the party will address their concerns about the allocation of constituencies to other cooperating partners within the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC).

Despite having been addressed, the members want the constituency committee allocation decision be reversed. The BNF, the Botswana People’s Party (BPP), the Alliance for Progressives (AP) and the Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF) are affiliates of the UDC. The tensions amongst the UDC affiliates have resulted in the UDC being plagued by division. They have complained that the party is not doing enough to resolve conflicts over constituency allocations. Some believe the BNF has a big brother mentality and is not willing to compromise with other parties they are cooperating with.

However, the issue has caused significant tension within the UDC, and it remains unsolved. The unresolved party divisions have delayed the party’s campaign efforts, with only five months left until the general elections. The cooperating partners are unable to set aside their differences and focus on working together. Furthermore, some members fear that the divisions at the BNF may severely impact the performance of the BNF in the upcoming general elections. Recently, the BNF has been losing key members. In an interview, the Kgatleng East chairperson, Obakeng Matlou said; “we are hopeful for meaningful developments save for the fact that our constituency will be attended to, including all other discontent constituencies just after the Easter holiday. A task force shall visit us to deliberate on these matters. We will be waiting for them.”

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Their concerns highlight the need for meaningful dialogue between government and relevant stakeholders to ensure the best interests of the country are served.This was in addition to other voices from opposition politicians and civil society organisations.The stance underscores the importance of citizen participation in the constitutional amendment process. The AFM rightly assert that such weighty matters demand thorough discussions to reflect the...

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