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SPEAKING HIS MIND: Keorapetse

Boko distances UDC from Keorapetse’s outburst

President of the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC), Duma Boko has distanced his organisation from recent remarks made by Member of Parliament for Selibe Phikwe West, Dithapelo Keorapetse.

The Botswana Congress Party (BCP) MP accused certain local newspapers (names withheld) of biased, unfair reporting and urged his colleagues in the UDC to boycott them.

Keorapetse accused these media houses of being a campaign tool for Botswana Democratic Party (BDP).

However, when addressing the media on Wednesday, Boko stressed that Keorapetse’s ‘outburst’ was personal and did not reflect the views of the UDC.

“The position of an organisation is subject to certain protocols communicated by certain identified or designated individuals from that organisation. If you want to know the position of the UDC you don’t listen to someone’s outbursts at a shebeen, drinking spot or a nightclub. We are not responsible for his outburst,” was the opposition leader’s stern assessment.

He further declared that as the UDC, they do not have any position to boycott any publication.

Reiterating Boko’s sentiments, UDC Vice President, Dumelang Saleshando noted it was up to the consumer to choose what they want to buy/read.

“UDC has not taken a stand to boycott any newspapers,” he said simply.

Meanwhile, Boko rubbished reports of a rumoured plot to assassinate President Mokgweetsi Masisi.

STERN WORDS: Boko distanced the UDC from Keorapetse’s comments

“I have no knowledge of any plot to have Masisi assassinated and I will not be part of such. If there is any truth from the allegations then it will be from the Botswana Democratic Party’s side,” he said, adding the UDC were going to win through the ballot box and were not going to waste their time planning an assassination.

“They are pretending to be under threat because they know that they are going to lose elections, they are looking for sympathy!” Boko blasted.

For his part, when addressing the media at Sir Seretse Khama International Airport on Tuesday upon arriving from Victoria Falls where he had attended a Wildlife Economy Summit, Masisi refused to answer questions relating to his security.

The President made headlines at the weekend when he was reportedly rushed into hiding after an apparent plot on his life was uncovered.

However, during Tuesday’s brief press conference, Masisi explained that anything relating to his security was not his concern but that of the Director General of the Directorate of Intelligence Services (DIS), Peter Magosi.

Despite this, Magosi later refused to field questions posed to him. Efforts by this publication to reach the spy chief on his mobile proved futile by the time of going to press.

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