Monday, July 22, 2024

BCP unfazed by losing by-election

The Botswana Congress Party (BCP) has congratulated voters in Mmaphula East for exercising their constitutional right to choose their representative at the just ended by-election in the Mmaphula East Ward, Palapye.   

The party’s spokesperson Mpho Pheko said judging by the election’s outcome, “we have no doubt that Batswana are warming up to our message and are steadily continuing to entrust our party with their votes,” she said. This will, Mpho said, with time allow “us to take over state power and deliver a better Botswana for all.” 

“We are heartened by the large and heartwarming numbers that voted the BCP in spite of the toxic environment that the Party and its candidate Gaolathe Kenosi found itself in from its detractors,” said Mpho. She added that: “We got into the race to win but all is not lost as our numbers reflect. The outcome is clear; an overwhelming number of Batswana are tired of BDP misrule and want change.” 

Because of this, Pheko said, the BCP commits itself as a viable alternative to the BDP and UDC. The BCP stands for authentic regime change, anchored on demonstrable respect for good governance and democracy, she said. 

“We understand there are no shortcuts to attaining our mission – the by-elections are a good barometer for us as we prepare for 2024. So far so good. We believe we are well placed for 2024,” said Pheko.

She called on their members not to be disheartened but be emboldened to redouble their efforts and work for BCP victory in 2024.“We are determined to demonstrate that democracy is worth fighting and dying for. To our loyal members ‘Baswela Tumelo’ we say,  “ Ntwa e bolotse. Phuthang mesobana and defend the values that your Party has committed itself to.You are the flag bearers of democracy and good governance. We urge you to stay the course. Forward ever, backwards never! We shall finally prevail!” said Pheko. 

She added that: “ Our loyal followers and activists must take heart from the fact that the trend, since 1984 shows that bye elections victory is never mirrored in National Elections – it is a mirage!” 

“For the record, the BCP is not prepared to surrender to an emerging combo that threatens to take Botswana to the dark days of dictatorship and the dreaded extra judicial killings, whose masterminds now portray themselves as heroes of democracy, a virtue they never promoted when entrusted with state power. Never again, Batswana Betsho!,” said Pheko. She further stated that “Lastly, we congratulate the UDC for its win.” 

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