The controversy surrounding Botswana Congress Party’s (BCP) affiliation to the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) is slowly proving detrimental to the Botswana Peoples’ Party (BPP) president, Motlatsi Molapisi. Molapisi has been questioning BCP’s affiliation within the UDC, even describing it as a third party within the UDC and challenging Duma Boko, who is the president of both Botswana National Front (BNF) and UDC, to deal with the issue. Molapisi also threatened not to attend yesterday (Saturday) scheduled meeting in Francistown, arguing that the inclusion of the BCP is not in line with the agreed terms amongst the UDC members. Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD), BPP and BNF are the members that Molapisi recognise within the UDC structure. According to Molapisi, BCP is an annexure to the UDC structure – a move that degenerated into a media war between Boko and Molapisi this past week. “We have our internal issues and they need to be dealt with internally. We are discussing them internally. And I am not going to be tempted to discuss them in the media,” Molapisi confirmed the existence of teething problems within the UDC in an interview. However, some of the BPP leaders do not view the BCP as a third party. BPP’s publicity secretary, Tshepo Makhani said: “There is no doubt and it is not in dispute that the BCP is part and parcel of the UDC.”
Asked to comment on the reservations that his president has been expressing, Makhani was at pains to explain bit insisted that the BPP believes in the UDC. Makhani fell short of dismissing his leader’s reservations about the BCP’s inclusion in the UDC structure. It is against this backdrop that some members of BPP National Executive Committee (NEC) are contemplating passing a vote of no confidence on Molapisi in their next meeting. However, both Makhani and Molapisi confirmed learning about the contemplation but were quick to profess ignorance on the development. Makhani confirmed that he has learnt about the alleged contemplation through social media. “It is true that there are allegations to that effect. But Molapisi is the most experienced politician in opposition politics. We cannot do without Molapisi. It is not possible that we can think of passing a vote of no confidence against Molapisi,” explained Makhani. Molapisi said he is going to apply a wait-and-see attitude. Molapisi, who could neither confirm nor deny suggestions that there is an internal revolt in the cooking within his political grouping, said he will cross the bridge when he get to the river.