Cause for concern

BCP youth frustrated by delayed opposition talks

The Botswana Congress Party Youth League (BCPYL) has expressed concern over delayed opposition cooperation talks saying this might negatively affect the performance of opposition parties in the 2019 general elections.

Speaking at a press briefing on Monday, BCP Youth League President Tumiso Rakgari said it is worrying that 2016 is going by with no sign or indication that talks between his party and the Umbrella for Democratic Change will resume soon.

Talks were scheduled to kick off in May.

“Talks should have long started and nearing final stages as voter registration will be starting in 2018. It would be wrong for us to approach the registration year unprepared. Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) members are the ones delaying the talks as they still have issues to sort out,” said Rakgari.

BMD is supposed to elect a group of people that would engage the BCP delegation which is already in place but has not done so allegedly due to factionalism currently rocking the party.

BMD leadership is divided over whether to allow Sydney Pilane back into the party or not.

Pilane is one the founding members of the party but later left for personal reasons.

Meanwhile, in an unrelated matter, Rakgari said Foreign Affairs minister, Dr Pelonomi Venson Moitoi who is eyeing the African Union Commission chairship should rethink her bid as she does not have the right qualities compared to the current AU Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlhamini Zuma whom she referred to as a freedom fighter in her country.

“A credible woman like Joy Phumaphi is a better candidate,” he highlighted.