Thursday, July 18, 2024

Boko had declared candidacy for Mahalapye East before resigning seat

Some 49 days before dramatically announcing his resignation-with-immediate effect, former Mahalapye East MP, Yandani Boko, had actually notified the Botswana National Front’s Constituency Committee that he planned to run for re-election. The extent of his seriousness was such that he actually filled out all relevant documentation and paid a P4000 registration fee.

Boko was a member of the BNF, which is the main partner in the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) project. In terms of a constituency-sharing deal that was thrashed out in 2019 and remains in effect for 2024, the BNF was allocated the Mahalapye East constituency. On January 18 this year, the Constituency Committee called a meeting at which interested parties were asked to declare their interest in running. Three of the people at that meeting expressed interest in running for the parliament seat: Boko, Lawrence Tshipana and Augustine Nyatanga. All along, the latter had been living and working in Orapa. While Boko and Tshipana could establish their bona fides as BNF members by producing the required documents, Nyatanga couldn’t and was disqualified by the Committee. That left Boko and Tshipana in the running.

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