Real test for opposition bloc


The opposition bloc will be tested once more as the time for constituency allocation nears ahead of the primary elections next year. Opposition parties are now running out of time and the upcoming constituency allocation is likely to build or break them.

Of recent, opposition parties have been failing to abide by the Memorandum of Agreement, which binds all of them to support each other during by-elections. Opposition parties have also promised Batswana that they are going to cooperate come 2024 general election with a single purpose of wrestling the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) from power. But their dreams seem farfetched and they are already off course before they could not implement their plan. Already talks within the opposition parties have long started between the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC), Alliance for Progressives (AP) and Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF).

However, what many had witnessed during the recent by-election was that some opposition parties found themselves slugging it out against each other, something that is against the by-election agreement. For example, at Goodhope/Mabule constituency, in the Pitshane/Molopo ward, the BPF contested against the UDC and the BDP.

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