Tsogwane defies Balopi

Kabelo Dipholo


Vice President and Botswana Democratic Party Chairman Slumber Tsogwane defied the party’s Secretary General Mpho Balopi by holding a massive political rally in Nkange on Saturday.
Tsogwane’s rally and motorcade was held a day after Balopi issued a savingram advising party structures not to hold political rallies/launches as they could be super spreaders of the newly found Covid-19 variant.

In the saving ram dated December 10th, Balopi references cautionary remarks made by the Minister of Health and Wellness Dr Edwin Dikoloti about political gatherings at a time when there’s a resurgence of Covid-19 cases. In his address Dikoloti had warned about a sudden increase in the number of new cases, estimated at 200 percent increase.

Balopi then through the communique banned political rallies and launches as he deemed them super spreaders, which may lead to increased exposure to the Covid-19 virus.

With 11 bye-elections planned for this weekend, the SG encouraged party members to conduct their campaigns in a safe way and to follow Covid-19 set protocols.

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However on Saturday, not only did Vice President Tsogwane hold a political rally, but also had a motorcade.

Nkange Constituency Member of Parliament Dr Never Tshabang told The Voice that he was aware of Tsogwane’s Saturday rally.

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“He was here conducting house to house campaigns. A motorcade with cars full of people is tantamount to a large gathering, so I didn’t see the difference from what the savingram wanted to achieve,” said Tshabang.

Meanwhile BDP’s Head of Communications Kagelelo Kentse says he sees nothing wrong with the rally.

Kentse said the message from the SG was an encouragement to party members not to hold big events such as launches, which attracts large numbers.
“The VP’s rally was very much in order,” he said.

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“You’ll remember that only the BDP cancelled all its 11 launches that weekend but continued with some small rallies here and there,” Kentse said.

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