… Another BDP activist in ICU after severe beating over trafficking suspicions
Police arrested a Botswana Democratic Party activist on Election Day after he was caught with about 100 voters’ registration card at a polling station, it has been revealed.
The activist was caught at Therisanyo Polling Station in Old Naledi after one of the voters saw him carrying the cards in his pockets.
One of the opposition activists took the cards from him by force and handed him and the cards to the police. A large crowd then gathered and soon supporters of Botswana Congress Party had a shouting match with their BDP counterparts as the former accused the latter of trying to traffic voters.
Returning Officer at the polling station, Benjamin Thebe said the man, was forced to surrender “the cards by other voters who belonged to a different party from his. They suspected that he was trying to cheat. The matter is still being investigated by the police,” he said.
Ngatha Tshetlhoyagae, said they know the activist who was caught with the cards and insisted that he held about 100 cards in his pockets when he was “caught him. Before that, we had seen a bus full of people approaching the polling station. We suspect this bus carried these people from areas like Ramotswa and Mmankgodi as indicated in the registration cards that were found in this man’s possession. The bus however ended up going to park far away,” he said.
Botswana Congress Party’s Oarabile Motlaleng, a candidate in the ward said he witnessed the incident and said they were vigilant enough to alert the police to avert what looked like fraud. Motlaleng is headed to parliament after he won the ward.
By press time, efforts to talk to the BDP were futile as their phones did not go through.
Meanwhile a BDP campaign manager in Francistown East is hospitalised after he sustained serious injuries after he was beaten severely by opposition members on suspicions that he had trafficked some voters from outside the constituency. The man, name known to this publication, was beaten after he was found at a drinking sheeben hosting a number of people suspected to be the people he had trafficked, sources reveal.
Francistown East BDP candidate, Ignatious Moswaane confirmed the incident, saying the man has been hospitalised.