By Dithapelo Keorapetse
The BCP wishes to state categorically to it’s membership and that of the UDC that Cde Dr Mpho Pheko has not been confirmed as candidate for Gaborone Central. We note that this is the BCP, including our Youth League’s wish and it remains a wish actively pursued internally as far as we are concerned. Only the UDC NEC will make a final decision on the matter after consideration of representations from the BCP and BNF constituency structures.
The BCP is committed to the UDC project and will respect the decisions reached with the input of all contracting parties. We also wish to reiterate that we are fully committed to the UDC project and will not allow the conduct of some amongst ourselves to betray or distract the project.
The BCP will continue to support the UDC and it’s decisions. We further note that our wish to have BCP-UDC candidates is not only confined to Cde Dr Pheko and Gaborone Central but other constituencies as well, but we are concerned and disappointed that campaign graphics have been done to orchestrate acts of indiscipline veiled as confirmation and or endorsement of candidates. We condemn this delinquent behavior. Our YL and other structures should engage internally in a respectful manner that shows good faith, camaraderie and infra-UDC party democracy.
We will engage the YL as a matter of urgency, and we wish to assure the BNF and BPP of our unwavering support. The BCP of the UDC is ready and available to work with any consensus candidate in Gaborone Central and elsewhere for the benefit of the Umbrella even if such candidates are not BCP members.
We ask our membership and the YL to refrain from acting in a manner that seeks to undermine the project and the UDC, and to refrain from acts that could bring the name of the BCP or UDC into disrepute or conflict with the UDC partners and voters.