We don’t have funding for elections – UDC

Michael Keakopa PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO
Michael Keakopa PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO

As political parties gear up for this year’s general polls, the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) has revealed that it doesn’t have funding for the expensive election cycle.

Madibela Tlhopho leader, Michael Keakopa told the media on Friday that the coalition doesn’t have the same access to funding compared to the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP).

The UDC is made up of made up of the Botswana National Front (BNF), Botswana People’s Party (BPP) and Alliance for Progressives (AP) Madibela Tlhopho is an official UDC group formed to perform the role of protecting the electoral system. Keakopa, who was addressing the media about the voters roll amongst others, alleged that the BDP has access to unlimited funding because the latter awards tenders to companies. “We don’t have access to resources and we wouldn’t be worried about funding if we had the means to invite these rich individuals to our fundraising events and sell golf balls worth P350,000,” he said.

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