UDC, BCP place other parties at disadvantage – Morwaeng

Confusion: The UDC affiliates attended the conference as separate entities despite belonging to one entity being the UDC, Morwaeng said
Confusion: The UDC affiliates attended the conference as separate entities despite belonging to one entity being the UDC, Morwaeng said

With the Botswana Congress Party (BCP) and Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) now separate entities, Minister for State President Kabo Morwaeng says the arrangement of the opposition parties in the All Party Conference places other parties that are not members of any coalition at a disadvantage.

In 2019 when the conference was last held, the BCP was still part of the UDC that currently includes Botswana National Front (BNF), Alliance for Progressives (AP), and Botswana People’s Party (BPP). When Morwaeng first convened the first meeting of the conference in February this year, the BCP had already quit the coalition. Speaking yesterday at the All Party Conference, the minister’s assertion was that all the members of the UDC still attend the conference as separate entities despite belonging to one entity being the UDC. “I do have some reservations with the current configuration regarding membership of the All-Party Conference.

The BCP and UDC attend the All Party Conference alongside their individual party members, this therefore, begs the question of who are the two entities representing. If for example, we have to vote for a decision does the BCP and UDC vote representing their membership to the All Party Conference as a coalition or individual party members vote representing themselves?”Morwaeng questioned. He said in the case above the results of the votes will be tilted against those who are represented by a lesser number in the All Party Conference through the multiplier effect which places other parties that are not members of any coalition at a disadvantage. Morwaeng indicated that he was raising the issue so that they reassess the mandate of the All-Party Conference with the view to revise its purpose and relevance for members to take the unevenness of the playing field into consideration.

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