Division threat looms as BCP licks wounds


The outcome of the Bophirima ward by-election may divide the Botswana Congress Party (BCP) even further. Some Members of Parliament (MP) and councillors were against the party central committee's decision to contest as stand-alone regardless of the decision taken by the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) to field a candidate in a ward that they had been given to care for in the 2019 general election.

The UDC won with 335 votes, the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) got 245 and the BCP came third with 238 votes. The BCP contended that the party has been compromising a lot in the by-elections for some opposition parties, which are not UDC affiliates. However, the move was not welcomed by some of the MPs who believed that the party central committee does not have the power to make such a call.

The five MPs who did not agree with the party central committee decision include Kenny Kapinga, Dithapelo Keorapetse, Never Tshabang, David Tshere and Onneetse Ramogapi while those who supported the decision of the central committee were Saleshando, Taolo Lucas and Kgoberego Nkawana. MPs Kesitegile Gobotswang and Goretse Kekgonegile did not attend the parliamentary caucus meeting.

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