The opposition’s waning fortunes

Unsettled waters: The BPF have been failing to put behind internal wranglings and fights PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE
Unsettled waters: The BPF have been failing to put behind internal wranglings and fights PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE

Post 2019 General Election, there has not been peace generally in the opposition bloc’s Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC), which has culminated with the Botswana Congress Party (BCP), one of the crucial partners in the coalition project choosing to leave the UDC citing governance issues. Mmegi Staffer RYDER GABATHUSE follows the story in a Q & A wondering if the opposition will ever oust the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) through the polls

Just for the background, outside the umbrella arrangement, one of the political parties touted to be focused, stable and very strong as a single entity, the Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF) has also witnessed bitter factionalism tearing it asunder.

The party's factions have been at each other’s throats forcing it to spend endless time frequenting courts to settle elusive internal squabbles. It does not seem the BPF bitter infighting is going to subside anytime soon as now the party has two powerful centres of power, one led by the party’s former president Biggie Butale who still recognises himself as the party president and the recently elected party president Mephato Reatile who is in charge of another party faction. With all the factional fights tearing the opposition apart, will they really catch up with the ruling BDP, which has lately been containing its differences although it has a fair share of its trouble? The developments in the opposition bloc have left the ruling BDP bragging that there is still no alternative party to oust it.

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