President Dr Ian Khama has weighed in on the recent opposition coalition and says Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) leader Ndaba Gaolatlhe should have been the president of the new Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC).
The four parties ÔÇô the Botswana National Front, the Botswana Movement for Democracy, the Botswana Congress Party, and the Botswana People’s Party ÔÇô split 53.55 per cent of that vote between them.
Addressing the Botswana Democratic Party Youth Elective Congress in Tsabong recently, Khama told the gathering that it was only reasonable that since Gaolatlhe’s BMD has more seats in parliament, he then should be the one leading the new coalition.
“Gaolatlhe’s party has more seats, it won more constituencies, he is the rightful candidate for presidency of the party. Now they say he should share power with Saleshando. How is that going to work out,” said Dr Khama.
Amongst other things, President Khama poked holes in the UDC coalition stating in clear cut terms that there was no unity in the coalition.
The BDP has been in power since 1966, but saw its share of the popular vote sink to below 50 percent for the first time in 2014, as it paid the price for the sluggish economic growth and high unemployment.