‘BCP Presidential Launch At The Seat Of Government’


  • Party President Dumelang Saleshando explains decision for Gaborone launch

Botswana Congress Party (BCP) leader Dumelang Saleshando has come out to defend the decision to launch him as the party’s presidential candidate in Gaborone instead of Maun where he is also contesting for a parliamentary seat.

The decision to have the launch in Gaborone has been criticised by some, with pundits positing that Maun was best suited – with some holding views that the BCP President  may still be nostalgic over his former constituency Gaborone Central which he lost in 2014, which is where he will be launched tomorrow.

However, with his eyes set on the presidency of the country, Saleshando’s reason for the Gaborone launch is quite clear that the capital city is the seat of state power.

“So there is no nostalgia, I have moved to Maun where I have been well received but I am launching this campaign because I will not be a president for Maun, but for Botswana and I want it to be launched at the seat of government being Gaborone,” he said during a press briefing on Wednesday.

The Maun West MP also indicated that because he will be launching a march to the State House, it is appropriate to do that in its host constituency, that also hosts the office of the President and the national assembly.

“I have seen comments saying is it not that I am missing Gaborone Central. I have moved on and I am sure the constituency will be in good hands come October 2024 when Mpho Pheko is announced its area MP,” he quipped.

He said this year’s elections is about a President who can truly reverse the tides Batswana are facing such as collapsed education, public health systems, corruption as well as high and rising levels of unemployment and underemployment, all these under the watch of the ruling party.

Meanwhile Saleshando has revealed that they are convinced that the party has what it takes to secure the 31 seats required to form a government.  Based on the observation they made while touring the country in areas such as Tati East. Shashe West, Kgatleng West, Phikwe East, and Francistown among others, the BCP leader believes the ground is fertile to the next government.

Though the current administration has not acceded to calls for the direct election of the president, Saleshando has however indicated that electorates can still choose the president they desire in October by voting party candidates that associate with the presidential candidate of their choice.

“The president is on the ballot in 2024, this is because the presidential vote intertwines with that of the member of parliament. I will be calling Batswana to reflect about who they want to be president and in voting for the MP they must know that it’s actually a double vote,” he said.


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