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Philip Matante campaign turns violent

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BDP’s Majadibodu accused of assaulting UDC activists

Campaigning for the vacant Philip Matante ward in Francistown took a sinister turn this week amid allegations of Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) activists resorting to physical confrontation.

Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) campaigner, Shathiso Nyatse has reported recent BDP recruit Ditiro Majadibodu to the police accusing him of trying to run her over with his car before repeatedly slapping her.

Majadibodu, a former Botswana Congress Party (BCP) activist is also alleged to have manhandled Thari Madisa later on the same day.

However, Madisa, a civic leader for Morwa ward in the Kgatleng administrative district, has not reported the matter to the police.

Nyatse claims that the incident took place last Saturday afternoon at Block 4 in Francistown.

“We were walking to a party office when Majadibodu drove past. An unknown person shouted his name and uttered a derogatory statement about his albinism,” she explained, adding that Majadibodu wrongly concluded that the insult was made by her.

According to Nyatse, Majadibodu got out of his car after failing to run her over and started assaulting her with his open palms.

“If it was not for his wife, who disembarked from the car and held onto him, I could have sustained serious injuries. He was so determined to injure me,” claimed Nyatse.

For his part, Madisa accused Majadibodu of manhandling him on the same day, this time near Montsamaisa CJSS.

The BDP man was allegedly annoyed with Madisa for speaking badly about him at a recent political rally.

“However, he could not state what evil I said about him. It could have got nastier if it was not for other BDP members who restrained him,” said Madisa, adding that he did not report the matter to the police because some BDP members advised him against it.

Despite repeated attempts by The Voice to get in touch with him, Majadibodu did not answer his phone.

The alleged incident adds to the growing tension between the rival parties ahead of the up-and-coming Philip Matante ward by-election, which is scheduled for April 23rd, 2016.

The ward has been vacant since the start of the year after the untimely death of councilor Shadrack Nyeku. Peter Nare will represent the BDP, whilst the late Nyeku’s nephew, Uyapo Nyeku stands for the UDC.

At a recent political rally, opposition activists accused the BDP of embarking on a vote-buying spree.

They claimed that the BDP’s campaign manager, Samson Guma Moyo, has been distributing money, as well as food and alcohol, to residents of Philip Matante in a bid to win their votes.

However, Guma would not be drawn into discussing the allegations, saying the BDP would ‘not get involved in any verbal confrontation with the opposition because it does not take the party anywhere’.