UDC candidates to finance political campaigns from their own pockets
Candidates aspiring for political office in the opposition Umbrella For Democratic Change (UDC) will have to dig deep into their own pockets to finance election campaigns.
It has emerged this week that both Botswana National Front and its partner, the Botswana Movement for Democratic Change (BMD) will be unable to assist candidates financially.
BNF Secretary General, Tapiso Kgosikoma says his party does not have the financial capacity to sponsor any candidate for the 2014 general elections.
“We are holding workshops across the country teaching our candidates how to win elections.
Unfortunately, BNF does not have money to sponsor any candidate. Should we receive funding we will be able to do so, as it is candidates are on their own,” Kgosikoma said.
He however advised candidates who do not have the financial muscle not to be intimidated as elections are won on strategies and not just money.
“Money is not all you need to win elections.
How you sell yourself will put you in a good picture. But if you want to use money an estimated amount of P60 000-00 should be able to do the job,” he said.
Meanwhile,the BMD Secretary General, Wynter Mmolotsi says although his party hasn’t received any funding from anywhere, they have developed a strategy that will help their candidates win constituencies in large numbers.
“All our candidates will have to bear the costs of the campaign.
We don’t have money to sponsor any candidate thus far.
However, an effective strategy can help the candidates win the elections without splashing money around. Dr Kenneth Koma walloped rich people during his time without much money. Our candidates will do the same,” he said.
Mmolotsi said 2014 general elections will not be won on financial muscle but on strategy.
Even at (BDP) candidates are not given money to campaign save for a car just before the elections, Wynter pointed out. “BDP does not support its candidates financially, they only sponsor a billboard and that’s it.
Us in the opposition might find ourselves having to do it all for ourselves, that is find a campaign car, sponsor billboards and even print your own T-shirts but at the end of it all the voter will decide who to vote for money should not be factor in winning elections,” he said.
Meanwhile BNF will hold its primary elections on 26th October and November 2 in South of Dibete and North of Dibete respectively.
BMD on the other hand will hold its primary elections on 20th November across the country.
BNF is expected to field at least 27 parliamentary candidates, while BMD is expected to field 23 candidates. Their umbrella partner Botswana People’s Party (BPP) will field at least 7 candidates.