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BMD holds talks with BPP in Francistown

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Botswana People’s Party (BPP) President Motlatsi Molapisi was not his usual jolly self yesterday as he emerged from a closed door meeting with Botswana Movement for Democracy(BMD) leadership at Thapama Hotel.

Known for his eagerness to talk to the media, Molapisi surprisingly refused to field any questions as he referred all enquiries to BMD Secretary General Gilbert Mangole.

The BPP leader had just met a BMD delegation led by party president Sydney Pilane. “Talk to Mangole, whatever he says is our position,” was Molapisi’s response when The Voice asked him what was discussed in the meeting.

Also present in the BMD delegation was party Chairman Nehemiah Modubule and Vice President Dr Tlamelo Mmatli.

In his response Mangole said they met to discuss the BPP’s status in the Umbrella for Democratic Change.

He said the BMD was concerned about lack of participation of the BPP in UDC activities although they are a contracting member.

“We want BPP to be visible in the umbrella. We are concerned because they are not fully active and this cannot be good for the UDC,” he said.

Mangole further said they also discussed constituency allocations and possibilities of swapping before general elections in 2019. “Nothing concrete has been decided. We’ve not even stated which constituencies we may be interested in but discussions are ongoing,” Mangole said.

The Mochudi West legislator also added that BMD will contest in all the 14 constituencies they were allocated. “We are not going to donate constituencies to anyone. All the 14 constituencies belong to the BMD and we’ll field candidates in all of them,” said Mangole.