Storm not over at Bophirima ward


While the storms have calmed a bit after the Umbrella For Democratic Change (UDC) announced Peter Mogapi of the Botswana Congress Party (BCP) as the nominated candidate for Bophirima Ward vacant council seat in the Gaborone Bonnington South constituency, the animosity between different coalition members is far from being put aside.

The upcoming by-election will determine whether the opposition supporters especially the Botswana National Front (BNF) members have accepted the decision. “The just concluded meeting involving BNF and UDC leader Duma Boko and Alliance For Progressives (AP) leader Ndaba Gaolatlhe and Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF) acting leader Veronica Lesole has decreed that the contentious Bophirima Ward be awarded to BCP of the UDC thus rendering the ever compromising and unrelenting Mogapi the opposition collective candidate.

The Botswana Congress Party Youth League (BCPYL) fully welcomes the decision and pays gratitude to the joint presidents,” BCPYL spokesperson Ishmael Jackson Koko announced in a statement this week. Before this decision, BCPYL has been publicly endorsing Mogapi, as its preferred choice and right candidate for Bophirima ward despite the BNF and AP also eyeing the ward. “We further pay homage to the BPF and AP leaders who cogently noticed that there existed a binding 2019 agreement which favoured the BCP and also appreciated the glaring fact that BCP has been compromising in the previous by-elections and the spirit of coalition compelled that other parties compromised for the BCP as well. Such political maturity and equity is required for the coalition to strengthen,” added Koko. Despite BCP smiling the last, this issue of coalition members fighting each other instead of fighting together may even reach boiling point when talks of constituency allocations begin.

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