End of the road

Dumelang Saleshando PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO
Dumelang Saleshando PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO

The story of troubles bedevilling the beleaguered Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) has been told many times. But, the more the story is told, the fresher it tastes. In this no-holds-barred interview, we speak to the president of a UDC coalition partner, Botswana Congress Party (BCP), Dumelang Saleshando whose party seems to be on its way out of the opposition unity. Mmegi Staffer RYDER GABATHUSE writes that it will seemingly take a miracle to stop the BCP from leaving

From this week’s bare-knuckled interview with the fourth and longest-serving (2010-2022) BCP president, Saleshando, so far, to them the BCP story will not be shocking should they choose to bolt out of the tri-party coalition arrangement at a meeting scheduled for May 21, at a venue to be decided. He chronicles events that have created what he calls a ‘discomfort’ for the BCP to remain in a relationship that has become a far cry from what it was promised to be.

In particular, it is the relationship between the BCP and the Botswana National Front (BNF) that has thawed and seems destined to reverse all the gains of the UDC. There seems to be no trouble between the BCP and the other weaker partner, the Botswana Peoples Party (BPP). The BCP is a splinter party from the BNF after disagreements with the BNF’s founding father Kenneth Koma in 1998 over his leadership style.

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Shame on the Police!

According to a press statement from the police, unidentified armed men attacked on duty police officers at the station in the early hours of Tuesday.During the attack, the suspects stole 14 riffles, five pistols and an undisclosed number of ammunition.Although unconfirmed, it is alleged that the suspects were just carrying knives and axes, which they used to scare the men and women in uniform before they took them hostage to help themselves to...

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