Ambitious Botswana Peoples’ Party (BPP) is reportedly putting contingency plans in place for any eventuality following its request to have more constituencies being allocated to it. BPP, an affiliate of the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC), was allocated four constituencies to contest in the 2019 General Elections. Botswana National Front (BNF) got the lion’s share of 22 constituencies followed by Botswana Congress Party (BCP) which was allocated 17 while Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) has 14. Constituencies allocated to BPP are Tati West, Tati East, Serowe South and Serowe North. However, the country’s oldest political grouping feels cheated and wants four more constituencies. BPP has since forwarded its request to the UDC demanding to be allocated Nata-Gweta, Francistown West, Gaborone South and Mmadinare constituencies. And from the look of things, BPP is convinced that the UDC will accede to its request. Sources indicate that BPP is not taking lightly the request it has made to the UDC and is doing everything within its power to ensure that they get what they want. “I do not want to talk about the issue of constituencies. A request has been made to the UDC and discussions are still ongoing. There is nothing I can really say at this juncture,” said the BPP president, Motlatsi Molapisi curtly.
Informed sources have hinted that BPP is leaving no stone unturned to ensure that they are not found napping by the time the decision is made. “BPP does not want to be caught napping. It has already identified potential candidates to field in the four constituencies that they have been requesting to be given an opportunity to contest in 2019.” BPP’s preferred potential candidates (known to this publication) are busy soliciting support in the four constituencies in question in order to position themselves for any eventuality. “Whether UDC accede to our request or not, BPP will fight to the bitter end. If the constituencies are not given to us, we would field the preferred potential candidate in the primaries,” said a BPP insider.In a letter dated January 28, 2017 and signed by party secretary general, Otlaadisa Otlaadisa and addressed to the UDC secretary general, Ndaba Gaolathe, the party indicates that, it discussed the UDC-BCP cooperation talks and resolved that it was underrepresented regarding the number of constituencies allocated to it. “It is therefore on that breath that the (BPP) committee has resolved to make a fresh request and or submissions as we hereby do, through you on our preferred additional constituencies,” reads part of the letter.