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).

Editor's Comment
Stop the children killing madness!

The incident comes on the heels of a similar one where a father murdered his two toddlers in Francistown. As we grapple with the shock and sorrow of this loss, it is essential to address the underlying issues that led to such a horrific outcome.Our hearts go out to the innocent victims, the three boys aged 13, 10, and eight who lost their lives in circumstances that defy comprehension. Their deep cuts and untimely demise have left a scar on the...

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