If it were not for the Botswana People’s Party (BPP), the Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) would have been kicked out of the Umbrella talks long before the Botswana Congress Party (BCP) opted out.
The above revelation was made by the BPP vice President, Jumbulani William at the just ended BNF conference in Kanye over the President’s holidays.
William told the BNF conference that the BPP played a big part in the success of the Umbrella by standing in support of BMD during the early days of opposition unity negotiations.
“A seemingly strong section of the BNF was in favour of cooperation with BCP and we stood with the BMD.” William stated.
BNF president, Duma Boko however said that BNF and BMD decided to work together because their policies were marriageable.
“In an uncanny twist of fate, the discussion you and I had at the very beginning of the cooperation talks involving at the time four political parties, seems to have been somewhat prophetic. You argued then that a more abiding unity was only sustainable between fewer cooperating partners with BNF playing the role, in American football parlance, of quarter back.”
“We must also acknowledge the longevity and resilience of the Botswana People’s party. They have fought a good fight over the years. They have faced challenges and suffered set backs. But they still keep on keeping on. They deserve our appreciation,” Boko said