The leader of the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) Duma Boko has accused his Botswana Congress Party (BCP) leader Dumelang Saleshando for contributing to the collapsed opposition parties’ cooperation talks.
The cooperation talks between BCP, Botswana National Front (BNF), Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) and Botswana People’s Party (BPP) collapsed after the parties failed to agree on constituencies’ allocation.
The talks later resumed without the BCP.
When officially launching the UDC Parliamentary candidate for Molepolole North Mohammed Khan and his councilors over the weekend, Boko who is also the BNF president said all went well until they reached a stumbling block of only one constituency being Ramotswa which saw the BCP pulling out of the negotiations after a deadlock was declared.
“We had everything under control until this youthful leader fell off the way.
I remember when we sold the idea to the striking public servants in 2011, Saleshando even stated that anyone who will come later to the potential electorates asking for votes while not be forming part of a united opposition such politician should be rejected. Where is he now?
We managed to take care of everything at that time.
We agreed on the model where our respective legal brains signed the agreement.
We got stuck where now we are to decide on constituencies.
Ramotswa became a headache such that Saleshando went on to say everything has fallen apart.
What kind of a leader can fail to deal with such a simple matter of a constituency but claims that he can lead the country?” quizzed Boko.
Boko told the gathering that when times are hard that is when true leaders will show themselves.
He said Saleshando who will be defending his Parliamentary seat at Gaborone Central constituency could have found solution to the Ramotswa constituency standoff than to have his party pull out of the negotiations.
“He said we have failed, fail what Just to decide on a constituency?
He goes around claiming that he can bring jobs, deal with problems of magnitude similar to that of Morupule B and he can transform the education.
My advice is for him to first deal with the simple matter before we can entrust him with the leadership of the country,” he said.
Saleshando on the other hand when launching his parliamentary candidate for Ramotswa Samuel Rantuana on Sunday said he is not ready to work with politicians who spend most of their time at courts.
“I am ready to lead the country but not to work with people who are always in and out of court.
They spend most of the time fighting in court.
I need serious people who will help me take this country somewhere not those who have heaps of court files in the offices”, Saleshando hit back.