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UDC moves to seize BMD constituencies

Publishing Date : 06 August, 2018


The leadership of the four contracting partners forming the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC)has not met since the two decisive Botswana Congress Party(BCP) and Botswana National Front (BNF) conferences in which it was resolved that the constituencies allocated to BMD will be expropriated.

The past week, the BNF moved to hold primary elections at the Lentsweletau/Mmopane constituency, a constituency which was initially allocated to the BMD during the talks. BMD originally had 14 constituencies under the UDC. The BNF primaries were contested by former Mogoditshane legislator, Mokgweetsi Kgosipula and Gilbert Watshipi. Watshipi won the election after garnering 887 votes against Kgosipula’s 528.

Moeti Mohwasa, who is the secretary general of the BNF and also spokesperson for UDC however has contended that the constituency, contrary to popular belief had not been awarded to BMD. “The Lentsweletau/Mmopane constituency has not been allocated to BMD. It is a subject of bilateral between BNF and BMD,” Mohwasa told WeekendPost.

Mohwasa’s statement is at variance with what the leader of BMD, Advocate Sidney Pilane has been saying in his previous statements. Pilane, in one of the statements that rattled feathers within the UDC family once accused Mohwasa and BNF spokesperson, Justin Hunyepa of disrespecting BMD by proclaiming ownership of the disputed Lentsweletau/Mmopane constituency. 

This publication has gathered that the leadership of the UDC is not in talking terms and has not made an effort to resolve the crisis which came up following disagreement about the UDC constitution that was submitted to Registrar of Societies. Failure to meet to discuss the affairs of the coalition in the wake of galrring difference between the partners has been confirmed by Mohwasa. “The UDC NEC has not as yet met to deal with the matter but the president [Duma Boko] is attending to it,” said Mohwasa.

 BCP has entered into a marriage of convenience with BNF, a party it split from 20 years ago, to fight against Sidney Pilane of BMD. Pilane is backed by the leadership of Botswana Peoples Party (BPP). The two entities have agreed that the UDC expropriate constituencies which were allocated to BMD for redistribution, save for the two; Mochudi West and Molepolole South were the party has sitting MPs. Moreover, the leaders of those two parties; Duma Boko and Dumelang Saleshando have jointly submitted a constitution which has been challenged and BMD and the BPP.



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