The recent confirmation and endorsement of the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) project is a welcome development in the context of offering a viable alternative to the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) and enhancing our democracy. Inevitably, such huge development brings with it unintended consequences amongst project partners’ expectations and preferences which if not handled with an open mind, could destabilise the UDC. The issue of constituency ‘dispute’ in some of the partnering parties in general and the Botswana Peoples’ Party (BPP) in particular, looks a sticking concern whose end result is unclear at the moment. This point, however, is rejected outright by the UDC for obvious reasons. In this conversation, therefore, I look at incumbency constituency format and how it may in the long term negatively or positively impact on the overall UDC project and the ‘insignificance’ or otherwise of the BPP thereof. Constituencies are said to have been allocated on the basis of incumbency and how well the incumbent party performed in the 2014 general election. It is also said that the incumbent party has the prerogative of managing the constituency with respect to finding an appealing candidate and that in the event the incumbent fails to do so, the net will be cast far and wide to other contracting parties. This brings the question: will these be self-anointed or some competition will take place? Because these individuals in the overall spirit of the UDC are essentially from the same party, wouldn’t it be fair to hold Bulela Ditswe to identify the most popular candidate who resonates well with members? Members may for example feel that a sitting MP or Councillor have not performed to their expectations since 2014 whereupon new individuals are required to replace them. For example, the Mogoditshane constituency based on incumbency belongs to Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD). There are currently other UDC members who didn't belong to the UDC then but do so now who are Botswana Congress Party (BCP) members who stood in 2014 and garnered compelling and competitive figures. Hon Kgoroba got 4180 while MacDonald Rakgare got 3846, a difference of 334. In this context, are these and other members whose constituency is Mogoditshane but aren’t BMD members not disadvantaged and consequently shut out? It is said that one can join the UDC directly. In such event, and if such direct member wishes to stand in a constituency like Mogoditshane, how will they be accommodated given the incumbency factor? If they are allowed to stand or not given the incumbency factor, wouldn’t this be unfair to them and other members in the same constituency with no direct ties to the incumbent party? My point is that other UDC members who don’t belong to the incumbent party may, or are unfairly disadvantaged from participating in the internal democratic processes of the umbrella particularly the elective part of it. This suggests that as long as the constituency is held by a particular party in the coalition, members of other parties and while under the umbrella may never have the opportunity to stand for an elective position. If this is meant to bring stability leading to 2019 and that the dispensation will be overhauled thereafter to accommodate other members referred to above, it is understandable. But if it stays the same going into the future, it may cause instability for the coalition. Non-incumbent members may feel and justifiably so, that their right to be fairly elected or not is infringed upon.