Dibeela eyes Boko’s former constituency

Dibeela PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO
Dibeela PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO

Former Botswana National Front (BNF) deputy president and current leader of the Botswana Labour Party (BLP), Reverend Dr Prince Dibeela, fancies Gaborone Bonnington North, a constituency where his former ally and BNF president, Duma Boko, served as a Member of Parliament (MP) from 2014-2019. As the BLP and Botswana Congress Party (BCP) cooperate for the upcoming General Election, Dibeela moves to Gaborone.

He previously contested in the now merged Mmathethe-Molapowabojang in the 2014 and 2019 polls under the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC). Dibeela lost to the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) on both occasions and is hoping for a different turnaround in Gaborone. Despite forging an alliance as two separate parties, Dibeela was unveiled recently as the BCP candidate and will contest under the lime colours. “The party of the moment is the BCP Alliance. We are removing the BDP in October because we want to better represent the people of this constituency,” he highlighted during his launch in Gaborone Bonnington North recently. He also said the constituency is a well known suburban area, which is dominated by government employees. Dibeela said the constituency is unlucky because it has never had good representation in the past five years under Boko and incumbent legislator, Anna Mokgethi.

He said as they do house-to-house campaigns, they have realised that some people are literally starving. Dibeela said he has realised that there is no properly functioning water drainage and streetlights in an area which is troubled by crime. “I only ask the BDP to stop blocking the rays of sunshine so that our country can thrive,” he highlighted. For his part, Dibeela’s current ally and the BCP leader, Dumelang Saleshando, said the former is a brave reverend who spoke out when other pastors were silent during the time when Jacob Nkate destroyed people’s homes. “He was never silenced and never kept his words to himself as he advocated for people who lost their homes as a result of the exercise,” he said. Saleshando said when Basarwa in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR) were harassed by the government, Dibeela also spoke out when other pastors were afraid of the BDP-led government.

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