Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) has said that it is fed up with verbal battering by the Botswana Congress Party (BCP) and will soon start “hitting where it hurts most”. Addressing hundreds of UDC supporters at the official welcome of Pono Moatlhodi at Tonota village on Tuesday afternoon, Richard Gudu of the Botswana Peoples Party (BPP) said the coalition party is fast losing its patience with the BCP’s attitude.
Gudu, who is also a UDC’s parliamentary candidate for Tati West, told the gathering on Tuesday that BCP Youth League president, Dithapelo Keorapetse, has a penchant of launching verbal attacks on the UDC. According to Gudu, Keorapetse is always insulting him (Gudu) and the UDC president Duma Boko whenever “the overzealous BCP tenderfoot” gets the opportunity to address a political rally. The towering Gudu charged that Keorapetse, who ascended the BCP youth league presidency last year, accuses him (Gudu) of selling the BPP to BNF’s Boko with a packet of chicken from Nando’s.
Gudu said the BCP must stop harassing and insulting the UDC because the latter has not been uttering anything bad about the Dumelang Saleshando led-political party saying they (UDC) deserve respect. A visibly angry Gudu added that there will come a time when the UDC will also lose its patience and start retaliating. He said the UDC has done nothing wrong against the BCP, reiterating that time will come for retaliation.
“We will hit them (the BCP) where it hurts most,” said Gudu facing the direction of Selebi-Phikwe – signaling that he was sending a clear message to Keorapetse. Keorapetse will represent BCP in Selebi-Phikwe West in the October elections.
Before the BCP launched an onslaught on BPP, Gudu said Saleshando and his party should disclose how much they paid to ‘swallow’ the Botswana Alliance Movement (BAM) and of late with the Marx, Engels, Lenin and Stalin (MELS).
“BCP is not serious. When the UDC chiefs sit around the table discussing pertinent issues affecting the country and devising ways and means to unseat the BDP, BCP is thinking about Nando’s. It is a pity,” said Gudu. Gudu, who is determined to wrestle the Tati West constituency against BDP’s Biggie Butale and Dr Philip Bulawa of the BCP, said Keorapetse should leave UDC issues to them.
Contacted for a comment, Keorapetse reiterated his assertions. He said the BCP cannot be threatened by Gudu and his BPP because it is dead. “Where have you seen an existing party with only two councilors across the country without an MP?” rhetorically asked Keorapetse. He said Gudu and his UDC crew cannot threaten the BCP because they do not have the human capacity to fight his party.
“The problem with Gudu is that he does not understand the UDC concept. UDC is an urban concept that was created at restaurants like Nandos. So when I say he did sell the BPP for a packet of Nandos, he does not understand,” fired back Keorapetse.
According to Keorapetse, UDC is a metropolitan project largely concentrated in towns and does not have popular appeal to rural constituencies such as Gudu’s Tati West constituency. Keorapetse said most of the diehard BPP followers in Tati West have been robbed of their opportunity to vote for a party they so loved in BPP.
“I was with my maternal grandmother at Gambule (village) a couple of weeks ago and she was wondering what she was going to vote for,” he quipped with a derisive laugh.