UDC, BDP members clash

BDP members disrupting a UDC rally PIC: TSAONE BASIMANEBOTHE
BDP members disrupting a UDC rally PIC: TSAONE BASIMANEBOTHE

Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) launch of Ledumadumane East ward candidate Oupa Moipolai nearly came to a halt on Saturday when a fight broke out after members of the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) disrupted the rally.

Some BDP members' vehicles with mounted loudspeakers with a clear intention to disturb the UDC rally, feigned a motorcade with no police escort. Even though the Member of Parliament for Selebi-Phikwe West constituency, Dithapelo Keorapetse tried to calm members down without much success, some members felt agitated and went to block the BDP vehicles to stop passing next to their rally while chanting party slogans and honking their vehicles. “A re ba tlogeleng le seka la ba tsenya mo tlhaloganyong ba pelo di botlhoko gore le ya go wina kgaolwana e ya botlhophi. Re tshwanetse go supa gore re pharologanyo mo go bone.

Mo ba go dirang ke go tlhoka botho le boikarabelo ka gore ba itse gore ga ba a tshwanela go dira jaaka ba dira,” Keorapetse said. He further said the behaviour displayed by some BDP members will make residents of Ledumadumane East to even reject the BDP more at the ballot on February 5, 2022. For their part, the BDP branch chairperson for the Mogoditshane constituency, Percy Tshuba said what happened was very unfortunate and they have talked to their members to desist from doing that.

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