Botswana Congress Party, Botswana Alliance Movement Sign Accord

source: allAfrica
Mmegi/The Reporter (Gaborone)

16 August 2007
Posted to the web 17 August 2007

Oliver Modise

A mid fears of a possible collapse of the talks over who should contest the Francistown West and Maun East constituencies, the Botswana Congress Party (BCP) and Botswana Alliance Movement (BAM) yesterday signed a pact agreement, binding the two parties into a cooperation marriage ahead of the 2009 general election.

Emang Maphanyane, the talks’ convenor, said the signing marked the beginning of more hard work, as the elections were approaching.

According to the agreement, BAM has agreed to contest seven parliamentary seats. These being Ngami, Maun East, Maun West, Nata/Gweta, Tati East and Tati West, leaving BCP with a large chunk of 50 constituencies countrywide.

However, BCP has indicated that some of the council seats in the 50 constituencies allocated to it would be available to BAM to contest. Speaking before the signing ceremony, BAM president Ephraim Setshwaelo thanked the convenor and members of the negotiating teams. “There has been a better working spirit, with elaborate and harmonious discussions,” said Setshwaelo.

He applauded the two parties for their maturity in dealing with disagreements, saying that the spirit displayed was positive. Setswaelo challenged Botswana National Front (BNF) and Botswana Peoples’ Party (BPP) members who supported opposition cooperation to join the BCP or BAM. “People should give up the idea of being driven into the wilderness by power-hungry individuals,” he said. “Even people in the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) are keen to see the cooperation project work, for democracy’s sake,” the BAM chief said.

For his part, BCP president Gilson Saleshando said the [continue reading]

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