Dingake advises warring BNF, BCP


Veteran political activist, Michael Dingake says both the Botswana National Front (BNF) and the Botswana Congress Party (BCP) should work out their differences. In an interview with Mmegi, Dingake said it is not advisable for the BCP to quit the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) without finding ways that it could work with the BNF within the coalition. “These two parties should understand that they are not representing themselves.

Opposition parties will not take over a government while divided. Batswana need united opposition parties. I don’t think it will be wise for any party to move out of the UDC. What is very important is for all the two parties to agree to involve a neutral mediator to help them solve their differences within the UDC. They all need to swallow their pride and look at the bigger picture,” Dingake said. He said the mediator should not be a person with his or her own agendas band should not be biased and also fair. Dingake believes that both parties could still work out their differences or find ways to work together amicably. He said opposition parties must be careful that some Batswana who have been sympathetic to them would soon lose trust in them and that is going to discourage them from voting and the ruling party, Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) could win with bigger margins.

Dingake said if one party moves out of the UDC it will affect all the parties and the UDC leaders must look into the issue seriously. Mmegi has learnt that some BCP elders intend to meet with the BCP leadership over the issue of the dispute with the BNF.

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