The Alliance for Progressives (AP) is set to give a solidarity message at the Botswana national Front (BNF) conference to be held in Rakops village during the President holidays.
The holidays start from 15 to 18 July. Unconfirmed repots that AP has been invited to grace the conference and give a solidarity statement were rife last week
But the AP said Thursday it is yet to receive correspondence from the BNF inviting it to the latter’s conference.
Phenyo Butale, AP spokesperson said they were aware of the rumours that they have been invited but explained that their office has not received any formal invitation from BNF.
Reports indicate that the invitation of the AP at the BNF conference is aimed at mending relations between opposition parties ahead of the 2019 General Elections. AP delegates are expected to give a solidarity message during the conference.
“BNF has always been our friends and nothing has changed. We have worked with BNF in the UDC and our relationship was cordial as it is today,” Butale said.
Butale said once the invitation is been received, the AP National Executive Committee will deliberate on it and make a determination.
AP which is not one of UDC’s contracting partners can help opposition parties to attain state power should it join one of the opposition cooperation models.
UDC’s chances of attaining state power were shattered when one of its contracting partners Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) split resulting in the birth of AP.
Political commentators have observed that without AP in the UDC the opposition’s chances of performing well in the coming elections will remain a mirage.