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The Botswana Congress Party (BCP) national conference slatted for July this year will determine whether the party still remains part of the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) coalition or not.
The party revealed that it has received an unsatisfactory response from UDC regarding the letter they had written in which they wanted certain issues of governance to be addressed. The issues were raised by BCP members at their last year’s conference and the party resolved to UDC in which they gave them a six months period to have responded to their grievances.
In an interview, BCP secretary general, Goretetse Kekgonegile said though the UDC has responded to their complains, they are however not happy with the response as it did not speak to their grievances.
“UDC responded to our letter within the stipulated time, however from their letter they showed that they to do not see any governance issues in the party and that the UDC coalition is running smoothly,” Kekgonegile said.
Following the development, Kekgonegile said they have since resolved to make a final decision regarding their UDC coalition membership at their coming national conference set for July, six months from now.
As their anticipated formal departure from the coalition nears, Kekgonegile has indicated that they are already at an advanced stage of cooperation relations with the Alliance for Progression (AP) and the newly formed Botswana Labor Party (BLP).
Kekgonegile noted that the partnership and negotiations progressed from a resolution of the engagement of the presidents of the three parties who at the meeting agreed to submit their position paper on cooperation towards the 2024 election.
Kekgonegile indicated that BCP is currently doing a country wide political campaign where they are updating party structures and wards on their current stand with the UDC. He added that they are also working towards retaining their constituencies and wards as well as recruiting new party members.
“This past weekend we were in Ngami and Okavango constituency, this coming weekend of the 20th January we will be in Shashe West and Francistown followed by Maun East and West on the weekend of the 28th January 2023,”Kekgonegile revealed.
The UDC also on the other hand recently hosted a buildup rally in Maun to prepare for their main rally set for next week Saturday where the party president Duma Boko is expected be the key speaker. UDC North West Region Vice Secretary Mosala Dimbo confirmed that activities of the day will start with an indoor meeting where Boko will be addressing party structures.