The Botswana National Front (BNF) President Duma Boko has laughed off suggestions that through the recently introduced Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) membership card they are trying to disband individual parties. In an interview with this publication, Boko – who is also the President of UDC – said they have not yet reached a stage where they can disband the contracting parties. “We are still dealing with internal issues of individual parties and it will be a political suicide to try and disband individual parties,” he said. In defence of the card Boko said the decision to come with the membership card is for fundraising, as they need funds to carry out UDC projects and without members contributing it will be costly to run the party.
Some BNF members have said proper consultation was not followed when coming with the card as they have made a resolution in Goodhope to join UDC as a group not as individuals. Boko said nothing has changed. Boko said they need all the parties to exist on their own so that if one of the contracting parties faces political turmoil they could have stable bigger organisation to lean on. Some have suggested that they could have waited until they concluded unity the talks with Botswana Congress Party (BCP) which are currently on-going. To negotiate with BCP, according to Boko, money is needed; hence we are confident that the card will help us to raise funds to carry out the negotiations. “We will change the card when BCP joins but for now we are still negotiating with them and that can’t stop the business of UDC to continue,” he said.