By-election candidates reveal playbooks


FRANCISTOWN: It will be a three horse race for the vacant Mapoka-Nlaphkwane by-election that was occasioned by the death of Farai Bonyongo of the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) earlier this year.

Bonyongo had won the ward in 2019 with 692 votes. He was followed by the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC), an independent candidate and Botswana Patriotic Change (BPF) with 356, 321 and 176 votes respectively.

The political dynamics in the ward have now changed. As such, the Botswana Congress Party (BCP), an affiliate of the Umbrella for Democratic Change), will slug it out with the UDC. The BCP has been consistently losing recent by-elections to the UDC which also consists of the BPF, the Botswana National Front (BNF) and the Botswana People’s Party (BPP).

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