Tensions flare at BCP in Selebi Phikwe West

Brothers Malema
Brothers Malema

Tempers are flaring as the Botswana Congress Party (BCP) gears up for its Selebi-Phikwe West constituency primaries. The contest arose due to the departure of Dithapelo Keorapetse from the party to join the Umbrella for Democratic Party (UDC), leaving a void to be filled.

However, the race to replace him has been marred by disputes, prompting the intervention of the BCP executive committee. At the heart of the conflict is an accusation from Reuben Kaizer's camp, also known as 'The Boy', which claims that Brothers Malema's team is not abiding by the rules and regulations governing the primary elections.

Several concerns have arisen, including whether structured primary election campaigns can be conducted in full party gear outside party structures, whether the party attire branded 'The Boy' can be worn by the team members of its leader, and if branded team attire is permissible under specific circumstances. Other issues raised include allegations of card manipulation and the provision of name tags exclusively to Kaizer's team, leaving other constituency members without such identification.

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Women in Politics caucus NGO, a welcome development

In the 2014 General Election, women who stood for parliamentary elections were a mere 17 out of a total of 192 aspirants, and sadly the number dropped to 11 out of 210 parliamentary aspirants in the 2019 General Election. Hopefully, registration of the Women in Politics Caucus will give women the necessary support to join politics. While things were slowly improving, women for a long time were at the receiving end as compared to their male...

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