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UDC, BCP divided on VPs

The opposition negotiations that would see Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) form a coalition with Botswana Congress Party (BCP) are nearing an end. The issue of two Vice Presidents is the only contentious one, with some in the negotiating team against such a move.

Indications suggest that the two parties will contest the impending 2019 general Elections as a single unit but not umbrella as some had expected. The main negotiators are expected to receive reports from the streams and deal with all the contentious issues, which are not many. 

WeekendPost has established that, this week, the talks progressed well, although for now two teams are torn apart over the issue of Vice Presidency. Seemimgly, it will be a while before waters cool down so the parties resolved and have reached an amicable solution.

So far it is categorically distinctive that Duma Boko will be president of the coalition. It is understood that those who want two Vice Presidents contend that it is imperative that positions be created that would see Boko being deputised by other cooperating partners- BCP president, Dumelang Saleshando and BMD president, Ndaba Gaolathe.

It is still inexplicit as to what credible function Botswana Peoples Party (BPP) president Motlatsi Molapisi, who is also a key partner, will be allocated in the arrangement.

However other members at the talks maintain that the constitution is clear and provides for one portfolio of Vice president and this is incognizant of possibilities of when in government, and therefore want the status quo to remain.

The hot potato issue of the VP has been left hanging for now and will be pondered upon later on during coming meetings.

Another issue that is a bone of contention is to do with, not many, but one constituency of Mmopane/Lentsweletau.  In the last General Elections, Vincent Seretse of Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) won the area by 7 170 to BCP’s Phagenyane Phage who attained 3 150 while Major General Moeng Pheto who was then an Independent candidate got 3 120 to Godisang Mbwire of UDC’s 2 999.

It appears that BCP believes that the constituency should be allocated to them on the basis that they were on position 2 and therefore most popular after Domkrag (BDP).

On the other side, UDC points out that although they came third they believe their results (UDC) should be added to that of the then independent candidate Moeng Pheto who is now a member of UDC.

There was also an issue however that both parties did not reach a threshold of 30% of the total vote in the constituency that is needed and therefore the area remains open for more dialogue going forward.

Information reaching WeekendPost also suggests that, at the negotiation talks, it was generally agreed that the UDC will contest in an estimated 40 constituencies while BCP has been allocated only 17.

“The principle in allocating constituencies and even wards is that the incumbent will contest and where BDP won the most popular party will take the latter head on. However there is room for negotiations here and there,” a highly placed source revealed to this publication this week.

The negotiation talks were commissioned on the 12th September 2016 at Oasis Motel in Tlokweng in the outskirts of Gaborone and although they were prior scheduled to finish end of October – indications suggest that they may drag for a while but expected to close -at least before December this year.

It is understood that the dialogues are premised on three layers in which the first layer, which is almost done comprises streams of one team assigned to address policy issues.

The other is assigned to negotiate the contentious issue of distribution of constituencies which is also almost settled while the last one is intended to look at matters of governance, the constitution and power sharing arrangements which is ongoing.

Predictions of constituency allocation for 2019:

Using the same principle that has been agreed at the ongoing talks of incumbency and the most popular party we present the potentials. It is probable that BCP will be allocated the following constituencies based on formula agreed;

Incumbent:

  1. Ramotswa
  2. Selibe Phikwe West
  3. Okavango (but defected)

BCP’s most popular areas at opposition rank:

  1. Bobonong
  2. Chobe
  3. Francistown East
  4. Francistown West
  5. Lerala/Maunatlala
  6. Mahalapye West
  7. Maun East
  8. Mmadinare
  9. Nata/Gweta
  10. Ngami
  11. Nkange
  12. Palapye
  13. Sefhare/Ramokgonami
  14. SelibePhikwe East
  15. Tati East
  16. Shashe West

UDC on the other hand will likely be assigned the following areas;

Incumbent;

  1. Gaborone Bonnington
  2. Francistown South
  3. Gabane/Mmankgodi
  4. Gaborone Bonnington North
  5. Gaborone Bonnington South
  6. Gaborone Central
  7. Gaborone North
  8. Gantsi North
  9. Goodhope/Mabule
  10. Jwaneng/Mabutsane
  11. Kanye South
  12. Maun West
  13. Mochudi East
  14. Mochudi West
  15. Mogoditshane
  16. Molepolole South
  17. Molepolole North
  18. Tlokweng

UDC’s most popular areas at opposition rank;

  1. Boteti East
  2. Boteti West
  3. Gaborone South
  4. Kanye North
  5. Kgalagadi South
  6. Kgalagadi North
  7. Lentsweletau/Mmopane?
  8. Letlhakeng/Lephepe
  9. Lobatse
  10. Mahalapye East
  11. Mmathethe/Molapowabojang
  12. Moshupa/Manyana
  13. Serowe South
  14. Serowe North
  15. Serowe West
  16. Shoshong
  17. Takatokwane
  18. Tati West
  19. Thamaga/Kumakwane
  20. Tonota South

N.B All the constituencies where UDC/BCP are popular above are held by the ruling party.The coalition appears set at least so far – to face the buoyant and spirited BDP at the next General Elections.

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When talking at the handing over ceremony, Chull-Joo Park, said they agreed with BRCS to give out e-learning equipment to better the training skills of students living with disabilities.

“With the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) equipment and job training skills, we will be able to help the students living with disabilities to do e-learning and to better their education and job training,” said Chull-Joo Park.

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The industrial printer is a machine that works with embroidery machine to print designs for clothing and it will enable the learners to have more material available to them to facilitate learning.

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Smart board gadgets will provide the students with an elevated learning process to be fostered by e-learning. The gadgets provide a more visual element to the learning process, which in turn improves learner mental retention.

Tlamelong Rehabilitation serves the marginalized and underserved less privileged persons living with disability in Botswana. The center offers boarding services, vocational training, social services, physiotherapy and rehabilitation services for young people living disabilities aged 18-35 from across the country over a period of two (2) years per cohort which has a maximum intake capacity of 35. BRCS through International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) have managed to create great working synergy with the South Korean Embassy in Pretoria based in South Africa to support or augment the National Society’s Rehabilitation Centre’s learning challenges.

For his part, BRSC Secretary General Kutlwano Mokokomani said they are delighted to convey their gratitude as BRSC to the South Korean Embassy for donation and they look forward to an enduring partnership for such worthy causes.

“South Korean Embassy’s great gesture will enable trainees to thrive, to fulfil their dreams to become a reality as this equipments will go a long way in creating great impact in the lives of trainees and their families. We wish to convey our sincere gratitude to the South Korean Embassy for their noble gesture of donating the E-learning equipments.”

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