“They helped us on the ground, and the UDC team was leading some of the house to house campaigns. They also helped us with branding and financial support”
The winner of Ramotswa’s Kelemogile Ward council bye elections, Seitiso Ditlhong, could not help but thank BCP’s opposition ally UDC for branding, financial support and solidarity during her campaign.
Ditlhong defeated BDP’s Best Mosadi by 827 votes to 725 people over the weekend. The UDC decided to throw its weight behind BCP party as a gesture of unity towards the 2019 general elections, and two parties are expected to make a formal and long term agreement.
“I am grateful of UDC support…They helped us on the ground and the UDC team was leading some of the house to house campaigns. They also helped us with branding and financial support,” Ditlhong told The Botswana Gazette. BNF and UDC MP for Molepolole North Mohammed Khan also donated P3 000 towards food for those on the ground helping with the campaign. Ditlhong said many people from the UDC helped financially even though she did not reveal with sum of the money.
BCP Vice President Dr Kesitegile Gobotswang told this publication that the UDC partnership factor worked wonders for them because people could see unity, saying it was central to winning votes.
For his part, Ditlhong’s campaign manager and MP for Ramotswa Samuel Rantuana said even though he was happy with the win, he was disappointed by the turn up of voters. In 2014 elections, BCP got 1069 votes but got only 826 votes on Saturday. “This low turn up may be because people came late to Ramotswa for the holidays or were held on other events like weddings and funerals. July is a very busy month in Ramotswa as some people prepare for Bogwera and some for weddings,” he said.