The presidential debate in the mind of an audience

BTV Auditorium hosted 2019 Presidential Debate. PIC: THALEFANG CHARLES
BTV Auditorium hosted 2019 Presidential Debate. PIC: THALEFANG CHARLES

It was an historic moment in Botswana as the four presidential candidates took the debate stage on Wednesday night at the Mass Media Auditorium for the country’s first ever-presidential debate. The whole country came to a stand still as everyone was glued to their television screens to witness history unfold. The debate probably attracted a record listenership and viewership for Btv. Mmegi Correspondence GOITSEMODIMO KAELO reports

The debate pitted Umbrella for Democratic Change’s (UDC) Duma Boko, Alliance for Progressives’ (AP) Ndaba Gaolathe and Botswana Patriotic Front’s (BPF) Biggie Butale, all looking to unseat Mokgweetsi Masisi of the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP).

From the onset going into this debate, the odds were strongly against the sitting president Masisi. He was expected to thwart attack after attack from the other debaters, and probably crumple under pressure.

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