BCP Regional Chairpersons summon Executive Committee
The Botswana Congress Party is like a duck, calm on the surface but furiously peddling underneath to find their footing in the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) and a constituency for their president, Dumelang Saleshando.
This has emerged after a letter that was leaked to The Voice this week indicated that concerned Regional Chairpersons of the BCP have summoned their Executive Committee to an emergency meeting today (Friday) to address several complaints.
The meeting comes after the 14 Chairpersons expressed worry over BCP President, Dumelang Saleshando’s lack of constituency, which they feel, needed urgent attention among other matters.
The regional leaders have also complained that the Executive Committee does not consult with them, whenever they attend Umbrella for Democratic Change meetings.
“It is is at these meetings at UDC that a decision was taken to allocate us constituencies which left our President without a constituency. All of the 17 constituencies that we were allocated have candidates, and this matter needs an urgent resolution.” The letter states in part.
Another complaint raised is about Botswana Movement for Democracy(BMD) recruitment drive, which has allegedly targeted BCP carders.
“It is clear that BMD’s mandate is not to win elections but to preserve its own survival. They are recruiting our members to fill their vacancies without even taking into consideration the strength of the candidate,” the letter further states.
The chairpersons want the party to negotiate with Alliance for Progressives to be part of the UDC instead of the BMD, which they dismiss as, ‘dead.’
BCP’s Spokesperson, Dithapelo Keorapetse has confirmed that there will be a meeting but refused to comment further saying it is an internal discussion, which is not open to the media.
The BMD’s Spokesperson, Rasina Rasina however categorically stated that the BMD was not aware that there was an expectation for them to hand over any of their 14 UDC assigned constituencies.
“We have never even been approached by any party to discuss a possible insider trading and thus such a matter does not exist,” Rasina said.
He pointed out that their view is that every party within the UDC, with its assigned constituencies, is busy preparing for primary elections to identify 2019 UDC candidates.
“Because we are going to elections as the collective UDC and not single parties, we have thus only been deployed by the UDC to manage 14 constituencies on behalf of the UDC. The UDC has never come back to us in purpose of effecting any changes on constituency allocation. We are not even aware if the UDC has engaged with any contracting member on such a notion,” Rasina further explained.
The bigger picture, Rasina said, was not for any of the affiliate member party of the UDC to be salivating at constituencies allocated to other parties but for contracting members of the UDC to ensure that they produce results on their constituency deployments. What we know is that all the contracting partners of the UDC, including us at the BMD are busy preparing for primary elections.”