Says parties should follow BNF footsteps when resolving internal troubles
FRANCISTOWN: Botswana National Front (BNF) President Duma Boko has challenged Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) partners to introspect and resolve their internal matters in accordance with their own constitutions.
Speaking at BNF’s elective congress over the weekend, Boko who is also UDC president, said his party had weathered all the turbulences that almost killed it. “Our party was once rocked with instability and turbulences that are currently experienced by one of our partners but we managed to overcome all these because we used our constitution to resolve all what was happening. The UDC can only get involved in party internal matters only by proper and lawful invitation by the party concerned. This intervention would be only after the said party has exhausted its own internal remedies or taken a popular decision to refer a given matter to the UDC,” he said.
Boko cautioned that it would be impossible for the opposition to win the 2019 elections if they fail to resolve their internal matters. “UDC will not win if we go to 2019 general elections unstable. As we approach 2019 it is critical for all UDC to be united,” he emphasized.
In addition, Boko cautioned UDC partners to be cautious of the BDP as it had infiltrated some opposition parties to bring instability. “We have realized that the ruling party is also rolling out a strategy of deploying moles within our ranks to destabilize us. BNF has been down this road many times before and should by now be in a position to ward off these onslaughts,” he stated.
However, when giving a message of solidarity, BMD Vice President Wynter Mmolotsi promised that the challenges they are facing at the party will be over very soon. “We have read BNF scripts of how they managed to over the challenges they once faced and we have learnt a lot. So I promise other UDC partners that very soon BMD will be intact and stable,” he said.