Saleshando worried by BPP uproar

SHARE   |   Monday, 13 March 2017   |   By Shingirai Madondo
Saleshando worried by BPP uproar

Botswana Congress Party (BCP) president Dumelang Saleshando is reportedly so concerned about the ugly fallout between Botswana People’s Party (BPP) and the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC). It is said that a concerned Saleshando tore into BPP/UDC storm when addressing a closed door meeting held at Setlalekgosi Junior Secondary School (JSS) in Francistown last Saturday. Saleshando confirmed that he is concerned about the manner in which the BPP registered its displeasure over the allocation of constituencies ahead of the 2019 General Elections. BCP has entered into a coalition agreement with the Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD), BPP and the Botswana National Front (BNF) to form the UDC with the view of enjoying a combined force in the forthcoming general elections. The combined opposition intends to dethrone the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) from power. BDP has been in power since the country’s independence in 1966. However, the coalition is faced with a hurdle to deal with, as BPP has expressed discontentment with the four constituencies allocated to them. BPP is only visible in the northeastern part of the country. It is against this backdrop that Saleshando expressed his disquiet about BPP’s reaction to the allocation of constituencies, sources said. According to those who attended the closed door meeting, Saleshando allegedly described BPP’s reaction as a “damaging ruction.” Saleshando confirmed that there are of course questions around the BPP uproar, which were raised during the meeting. According to Saleshando, the closed door meeting was about updating the leadership of the BCP at constituency level on the progress of the opposition talks. “Like I said before, it was a closed door meeting. And I am not going to explain in detail what we discussed in that particular meeting suffice to say that I am concerned about the way BPP sought redress on the coalition issues,” said Saleshando. However, informed sources have hinted that Saleshando is very worried about the “BPP brouhaha.” Sources said Saleshando expressed concern about BPP’s decision to take their matter to the media. “Saleshando was pissed off by the fact that BPP has decided to utilise the media as a catalyst between them and the UDC leadership,” said the source. Saleshando could not be drawn into discussing whether he will approach the BPP or not, saying: “I cannot discuss my next move with the media.”       
 



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