Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) Secretary General Botsalo Ntuane has brushed aside claims that the ruling party has been the biggest loser of by-elections post 2014 General Elections. Addressing the media, Ntuane said that the biggest loser of post 2014 by-elections is Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) which he said has lost two out of six council wards they contested.
“They lost Bokone ward in Mochudi West to Botswana Congress Party (BCP) and Sekoma ward recently to BDP,” said Ntuane, reasoning that the main opposition party failed to retain the wards. He contended that if a party fails to retain a ward, it is a sign that those who previously voted for it have changed their minds. Last week BDP won their first by-elections when they snatched Sekoma Ward from UDC through Keboetseng Lebotso, who garnered 1118 votes against UDC’s Robert Rantsho's 955 votes.
On allegations that BDP bought votes by distributing food parcels to electorates in Sekoma, Ntuane said that it was an insult to the people of Khokhwa, Sekoma and Keng. “Does this mean they cannot think for themselves and are just controlled by food parcels,” he asked rhetorically.