Saturday, October 23, 2021

BDP goes for broke as financial pledges go through the roof

Botswana Democratic Party has been able to raise millions as part of the war-chest of pledges made at the party’s ongoing conference in Gaborone.

The vast proportion of the money will be used to contest next year General elections that the opposition Umbrella for Democratic Party has sworn to also win.

The ruling party got a scare from a coalition of opposition in the last elections.

For the first time since 1965, the BDP received share of the popular vote less that a combined opposition’s.

Recently the UDC leader Duma Boko wrote to his Botswana National Front telling them that he has already raised money to buy a utility vehicle for each of the fifty seven constituencies.

He also told constituencies to open party offices, promising to pay for them.

At the BDP fund raiser, among the highest pledges came from former president Ian Khama who has set aside P1 million of his money to be used by the party in preparation for the next elections.

The BDP national treasurer, Satar Dada and his Deputy Jackdish Sha have also each pledged a million pula of the vast wealth.

Secretary General Mpho Balopi has offered P500 000 as has the Party Women’s Wing.

President Mokgweetsi Masisi,  party National Chairman and also Vice president Slumber Tsogwane have each pledged P250 000.

Ghanzi North parliamentary candidate John Thiite has pledged P50 000 as has serving Members of Parliament Samson Moyo-guma and Bikie Butale.

Specially elected Member of Parliament and also senior minister Eric Molale has pledged P60 000.

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