Member of Parliament for Gaborone North, Haskins Nkaigwa says the Umbrella for Democratic Change is dead.

Speaking during a political rally to launch Alliance for Progressives candidate for Moelewapula ward bye election scheduled for May 19, Odireleng Ditshotlo over the weekend in Francistown, Nkaigwa said the UDC has lost credibility under the leadership of Advocate Duma Boko. He noted that Boko is now close to BMD leader Sydney Pilane which has now caused chaos within the coalition. “Since the UDC congress in Gaborone, no resolution has been implemented something that has caused an uproar within the UDC. UDC members wanted to amend the constitution to have one vice president but they were denied that opportunity,” Nkaigwa said.

Nkaigwa claims that Boko has been bought by Pilane to destroy the UDC. “Boko will never be the president of this country. His political career is finished. Boko has totally changed, he is not the same person we were working with in 2014,” he charged. Nkaigwa revealed that AP leader Ndaba Gaolathe is the only credible leader who is fit to lead this country. “We need man of integrity and principle like Gaolathe not leaders such as Boko,” he said.

UDC spokesperson, Moeti Mohwasa told this publication that they still have confidence in Boko’s leadership. Mohwasa noted that Boko will make sure that UDC attains power during the 2019 general elections.

Still at the same political rally, AP vice president Wynter Mmolotsi appealed to residents of Moselewapula to vote Ditshotlo at the looming bye election. Mmolotsi highlighted that Ditshotlo is a man of integrity and is a capable person. He stressed that electorates should shun BDP at the polls as it has not developed the ward. “You have been voting BDP since independence but the party has not done anything to improve your lifes. Your children are still unemployed even though they are graduates from universities,” Mmolotsi revealed.

Mmolotsi who is also MP for Francistown South pleaded with the residents of Moselewapula not to vote for the BDP as it has never fulfilled its promises to them. He remarked: “Most of you do not have residential plots but there is plenty of land in Gerald Estates. Francistown City Council stopped allocating plots in 1994; thousands of people are still on the waiting list.” Mmolotsi highlighted that electorates should make a strong statement on May 19 by not voting for the BDP which has failed to service plots for allocation.