BNF/BMD relationship not so kosher

BNF and BMD members in a motorcade
BNF and BMD members in a motorcade

GOODHOPE: Some Botswana National Front (BNF) constituencies have reported that their relationship with Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) has not been as warm as anticipated.

Different constituencies were giving reports on challenges and achievements during and after the 2014 general elections at the BNF conference that was held at Goodhope during the president’s Holidays. While many did not seem to have problems with partners in the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC), two constituencies alerted the BNF conference to difficult working relations with BMD.

Ramotswa constituency, which BMD had fielded one of the most vocal cadres Roger Mphafe as parliamentary candidate, was among those with issues prior to the 2014 general elections. “Matters came to a head over the dispute over Sepitswana ward, which was eventually contested by BNF under Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC). This came about after a primary election was called a month before elections though we had long called for it to break the impasse,” reported the Ramotswa constituency. Their report said if the dispute had been resolved much earlier as anticipated then UDC would have won the ward. It is alleged that BMD activists were using the bus allocated to UDC for factional battles as witnessed in their regional youth congress in Otse.

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