Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) president, Duma Boko, believes cooperation talks with the Botswana Congress Party (BCP) can only begin next year.
“I don’t think we will commence anything this year. I have a few assignments overseas and the UDC secretary general is in the United Kingdom. Realistically we are looking at 2016,” said Boko.
He explained that they might hold the talks in private or outside the country. He also revealed that the UDC is also looking at its constitution with a view to amending it.
To that end, the UDC leader said they are planning to hold a consultative congress about the constitutional amendments.
Boko, who was accompanied by the UDC spokesperson, Moeti Mohwasa, was addressing private media editors during a meet and greet session at the Media Institute of Southern Africa (Botswana) offices yesterday.
He said the coalition appreciates the role of the media in terms of reporting and disseminating information.
“You also have an advocacy role to play. You must advocate for your rights as the media. You need to be clear about it. You need to be very vocal and visible,” said Boko. He said as the Umbrella, they have committed themselves to the precepts of human rights.
“The media should influence that position for the media blueprint.
Please make submissions on issues that are bothering you. That is what the workers have done. We haven’t signed any agreement with them and we don’t need it.”
He also pleaded with the press to be robust and report without fear or favour adding that it is important for the UDC to forge a relationship with the private media.
“We in the UDC believe in the freedom of expression. It is important for the people to know.
Where there are challenges we hope to work with you. The press should feel very comfortable in dealing with us.”