Opposition Botswana Congress Party longtime party activist in the Barolong constituency Comfort Maruping is expected to represent the party in the looming by-election.
If BCP stands, this will put paid attempts to bring BCP and the Umbrella for Democratic Change closer to one another ahead of possible negotiations for an alliance.
In the General Elections last year, the BCP opted to go it alone saying they would only cooperate with other opposition parties after elections.
At the Barolong Constituency, since renamed Goodhope-Mabule, BCP got less than 800 votes with UDC and BDP getting more than 6000 a piece.
BCP Publicity Secretary Taolo Lucas confirmed there was much likelihood that the party veteran activist Comfort Maruping will represent the party during the by-election.
“As the party leadership we have committed ourselves to contest and represent BCP whenever there is a vacancy. ..be it at the council or parliamentary level. We have entrusted ourselves to serve Batswana in every community and indeed the entire Republic of Botswana as a credible force the voters should endear themselves and trust,” Lucas said in interview Monday.
“Reports from the constituency indicates Maruping is the favourite candidate and there is much likelihood he will represent the party during the elections. Barolong and the general public are united behind him. He is well known in the area,” he added.
Occasioned by the sudden and controversial resignation of the incumbent UDC Member of Parliament James Mathokgwane, the by-election is crucial for two leading political main stream parties wanting to win confidence and credibility in eyes of the doubting voters already angered and confused by the sudden resignation.
Goodhope-Mabule MP, Mathokgwane recently departed the political office for a lucrative public service office under the parastatal SPEDU – sparking public uproar as to the seriousness and commitment of politicians to truly represent them.
As a credible and party to trust, Lucas says BCP has weighed all options to participate in the elections but none suggest the party should not take part in the elections.
“We have committed ourselves to participate in every election, except on some challenges and circumstances beyond our control. In this case there isn’t any circumstance barring us contesting. None exist so far,” Lucas reassured.
Having served the party on various platforms and capacities including in the Youth League as President and Central Committee, Maruping according to Lucas is the right match for the candidates names flying around.
“He is also a big name,” he said, responding to doubting suggestions skeptical of Maruping gravita and stamina to wrestle with the big names linked to the by-election.