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BCP votes in favour of UDC

Saleshando given unconditional mandate


The Botswana Congress Party (BCP) regions have so far voted unanimously for the party leadership to engage the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) with the view to foster cooperation between the two parties.


So far eight regions engaged out of the existing 14 have given the leadership “unconditional” mandate to engage the UDC. There were voices within the BCP who expressed doubts as to whether the leadership had the mandate to go ahead with unity or cooperation talks with the UDC. Saleshando and his team chose to do the consultations with regions in two weeks to kill any chance of party members being coerced into speaking against UDC talks.


Party President, Dumelang Saleshando confirmed to Weekend Post that they are in the process of consulting regions with the view to ascertain the mandate to engage the UDC for unity talks. He said there is overwhelming support from party members who are eager to cooperate with other opposition parties.


Saleshando emphasised that his party has always been pro-unity and was hopeful that talks with the UDC will produce positive results. The BCP has lost a few members to the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) since the debate on unity with the UDC started.


But the defections have not swayed the general BCP membership against cooperation with other opposition parties, Saleshando said. He pointed out that the party members are determined to see their party emerge out of the current situation stronger.


The BCP only managed to win three parliamentary seats in the 2014 general election and accumulated a popular vote of almost 20 percent. There is a likelihood that all the 14 BCP regions will vote for talks with the UDC, a development that will severely undermine the anti-unity camp within the BCP.


The BCP is said to preparing a high powered delegation to prepare a position on the talks. UDC president, Duma Boko had indicated earlier that he expects the talks to start sometimes in 2016 as soon as both parties have completed sorting out their internal issues.

He had pointed out that the UDC was still working on amending its constitution to accommodate latest developments and the future. On the other hand the BCP was to engage regions in the process of consultation to affirm mandate to engage the UDC.  


Initially the talks were anticipated for some time between December and January for completion.

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