UDC Talks Collapse

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The much awaited announcement of the UDC+ coalition is in limbo after the UDC contracting partners, the Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) and the Botswana People’s Party (BPP) intercepted and aborted the intended cooperation announcement by the two presidents of the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) and Botswana Congress Party (BCP) billed for the Oasis Motel last week.

The plot has taken a new twist and both Duma Boko (UDC) and Dumelang Saleshando (BCP), the supposedly highest decision making structure in the talks, now having been forced to tear their cooperation document and throw it into the dustbins, while fresh negotiations with the BCP will be discussed by a new super structure that will involve three presidents of the UDC contracting parties facing off with Saleshando of the BCP.

The Monitor has established that the postponement of the announcement that was scheduled to be made by Saleshando and Boko had nothing to do with the alleged unpreparedness of the parties which was used as a reason for the postponement.  The Monitor has been reliably informed that there were no outstanding issues and that the two presidents of the UDC and the BCP, who form the highest decision making body in the negotiations, had actually finalised negotiations, with just the announcement being the only thing remaining.

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