Buoyed by the party’s victories at the expense of the opposition parties in recent by-elections, the ruling Botswana Democratic Party is adamant it will again in the elections at Tlokweng.
Considering the split that occurred within its ranks, many political observers assumed the party would lose recent by-elections in Selebi-Phikwe, Tonota and, more recently, Mokoboxane.
Addressing a political rally to celebrate the party’s rare victory in Gaborone South constituency over the weekend, the opposition Botswana National Front strangle-hold for more than two decades, BDP secretary general, Mpho Balopi, declared his party will once more walk tall and win the forthcoming by-elections in Tlokweng.
“We did it in Selebi-Phikwe, Tonota and, most importantly, in Mokoboxane by-elections,” Balopi said.
The BNF’s Publicity Secretary, however, says his party would contest the by-elections.
“Yes we will contest Tlokweng by-elections,” Moeti Mohwasa revealed, adding that the BNF was certain of a win this time around under the Umbrella project as the constituency is his party’s area of dominance.
“We went to those by-elections as the underdogs. But we managed to outwit them,” added Balopi.
Referring to the Mokoboxane by-elections, Balopi said that the victory was a sign of the confidence which the public has for the ruling party.
“The people of Tlokweng are thus no exception,” he said.
For the past 26 years, Gaborone South has been the heart and soul of the BNF only losing the constituency to the BDP in the last national elections to the ruling BDP.
The date of the elections is yet to be announced.