Mpho and Ntsogotlho seek to unseat BCP

EYEING THE SEATS: Mpho and Ntsogotlho

Following the recent resignation of North West District Council Chairman, Kebareeditse Ntsogotho, from Botswana Congress Party (BCP), another BCP member- Tiego Mpho, has jumped ship to join Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC).

The two have confirmed interest in contesting for Parliamentary seats under UDC.

Mpho is eyeing Maun West where he is expected to face the incumbent Ngami Member of Parliament, Carterpillar Hikuama, while Ntsogotho is set to challenge BCP leader, who is also incumbent MP for Maun West, Dumelang Saleshando in Maun North.

New constituencies were recently introduced through the delimitation commission.

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In his resignation from the BCP late last week, Mpho cited that “egoistic and emotive” leadership style at the BCP left him with no choice but to leave.

“If they were serious about changing the current regime, they should be trying to work things out with UDC and not courting other parties. It is a given BCP wants out of UDC,” explained Mpho in an interview.

He was explaining the reasons he cited in his resignation letter. “This rather drastic decision is a result of what I perceive to be an incorrigible species of faithless and superficial idealism, pulsing from a most unexpected source, that is the party leadership.”

The logical conclusion of this impasse according to Mpho is anchored on ego, “but masquerading as a governance concern is postponement yet again of regime change and the attendant worsening of both the standard and quality of life of majority of our people, which I cannot be complicit to.”

Mpho maintains that he has since joined UDC as an independent member but only resigned from BCP last week, “I long joined UDC as an individual member.”

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UDC is currently the main opposition party in Parliament. It is a coalition and umbrella party formed by three parties, Botswana National Front (BNF), BCP and Botswana People’s Party ahead of the 2019 general elections.

UDC holds the majority of seats in the North West district while in Okavango it holds the same numbers as those of the ruling Botswana Democratic Party.

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