Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) President, Duma Boko, said that his party has attracted a considerable number high ranking Botswana Defense Force (BDF) officials who have vowed to support him and his party.
Speaking at a political rally in Moshupa, Boko claimed that some high ranking BDF fighter pilots had approached him and assured him of their support for the party.
According to Boko, the officers also expressed happiness at the way UDC has achieved tremendous growth citing the way it performed during the just ended General Elections. He said the soldiers also confided in him that they look forward to a day when the UDC will topple the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) from state power.
Boko said most of the army officers are tired of President Ian Khama’s leadership and are hungry to experience change. “Those fighter pilots said they are secretly supporting UDC because they are against BDP and its leadership,” said Boko.
Boko believes that Khama will not resist stepping down when his Presidential term comes to an end in 2018. “When I was doing interviews with foreign Broadcast and print newspapers abroad, I told them that Khama will never think of resisting to step down because the same soldiers who are surrounding him don’t like his leadership and are eager to see his term coming to an end,” said Boko.
Boko who addressed a well attended UDC rally also claimed that all soldiers at Glen Valley barracks had voted against BDP in the past 2014 General elections. “At Glen Valley, in the 2014 General Elections, they never uttered the word Moonno but rather used “parachute” as a united voice to vote for UDC, “said Boko. Boko further urged residents of Moshupa West to vote against BDP but instead vote for Abraham Motlogelwa of UDC. The elections re-run for councillors are slated for this coming weekend on the 31 January and BCP, UDC and BDP are all contesting.