BPF to strategically deploy independent candidates

BPF press conference PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO
BPF press conference PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO

SEROWE: The Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF) leadership meeting held here over the weekend has devised a plan to field independent candidates in constituencies and wards where they believe they've been short-changed and allocated to other coalition partners.

The party leadership reckons they could outperform their partners in those areas and anticipates members returning after elections if they win. According to a source, some members see this plan as preferable to completely leaving the Umbrella Democratic Change (UDC) or causing friction within it.

They identify potential strongholds like Mahalapye East and West, Palapye, Francistown East, Tswapong North, and various wards including Jwaneng-Mabutsane and Francistown South amongst others. However, the decision has caused internal rifts within the party, with some members opposing it. In Serowe constituencies, divisions arise over leaders, with some believing those advocating for the UDC exit fear competition during primaries. "The party is deeply divided in Serowe because we've insisted on holding primary elections.

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