Khama rejoices in UDC victory


With his party forming an alliance that eventually saw Umbrella For Democratic Change (UDC) winning Bophirima ward in the Gaborone Bonnington South, Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF) patron Ian Khama yesterday took to social media to celebrate the victory.

Mankie Sekete won the ward with 335 votes while Botswana Democratic Party’s (BDP) Onkemetse Mothei and Botswana Congress Party’s (BCP) Peter Mogapi came in second and third with 245 and 238 votes respectively.

Former president Khama, who is cuurrently on self-exile in South Africa, posted a video in which he congratulates a woman over a phone call. The woman confirmed that she is indeed Sekete. “I applaud you because you have really done well. You were not just competing against other candidates but you were even competing against Masisi who was apparently doing house-to-house campaigns. I even heard that the DIS was used to buy voters. Congratulations, we are very happy,” Khama told the woman on the phone. “On Friday, in a grotesque and deplorable display, a Masisi motorcade swept him to go and make an unbecoming but typical speech where he presided over prayers for the remains of Cava in Serowe, and on Saturday in a welcome and now typical display, the UDC buried those Cava remains in Bophirima ward,” Khama further posted on Facebook. Khama’s BPF honoured the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) made by opposition parties when it comes to by-elections while an affiliate of the UDC, BCP formed an alliance with the Alliance For Progressives (AP).

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