Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) has taken control of the capital city Gaborone after snatching most of the wards in the city. UDC won five wards in Gaborone Bonnington South while BDP got only one and in Gaborone South UDC won three wards, BCP took two and BDP came third with one ward.
The party also won a majority of council seats in Gaborone Central, Bonnington North and Gaborone North. Former GCC mayor Haskins Nkaingwa also managed to win the Gaborone North parliamentary seats taking it from BDP’s Keletso Rakhudu.
Gaborone city is the economic hub of the country and the win is expected to boost the party morale after it was accused of controlling the city by default after some BDP councilors defected to Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) which formed alliance with BNF to form UDC.
The former Mayor Haskins Nkaingwa was always at loggerheads with councillors from the BDP who were the majority but managed to shake off the challenge to topple him.
BCP performed badly in the capital city snatching more council wards in Gaborone South where they got 2 wards. In Gaborone Central, which was the stronghold of BCP, the party only managed to get one ward.
Former Minister of Transport and Communication, Nonofho Molefhi, retained Selebi Phikwe East and Tshekedi Khama retained Serowe North West.
In Chobe, Botswana Congress Party was given a shock when BDP’s Ronald Shamukuni beat Gibson Nshimwe who has been a Member of Parliament for the area. Chobe has been the stronghold of BCP and many political pundits expected the party to retain it with ease.