Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) President Advocate Duma Boko says they have not held any official meeting with former President Dr Ian Khama or newly-formed Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF).
According to Boko they would only engage with the new kid on the block after it is formerly registered. Dr Khama told the BPF inaugural meeting on Saturday at Maharaja Conference Centre that he has met with the UDC leader and prospects of the BPF working together with UDC are high.
Dr Khama stated that the BPF has the same aim as that of the UDC which is to unseat BDP in this year’s general elections. BPF is expected to hold its elective congress and launch in Kanye two weeks after the registration of its Constitution.
The party has been grappling with registering its Constitution on claims that they are being sent between the Registrar of Societies Office and Attorney General. BPF Convener Biggie Butale said they have been promised to have their constitution registered this week. Butale who was sacked as Assistant Minister of Health and Wellness said once the Constitution is registered, they would be preparing for the Congress and launch.
On Tuesday Boko told the media that there has never been any formal meeting with BPF or any of its leaders. He stated that once the new party has finalised organising itself they would take it from there.
“Once they have organised themselves we will await their formal communication. We would take it from there but as of now there is nothing. “As for the former president I only met him after vacating the office of state presidency. I met him for the second time when he invited me at the time he was in the middle of his fighting with the government. He just wanted my legal opinion, which I gave him,” said the UDC leader.
BPF has expressed its interest in working with the UDC for the 2019 general elections. Butale indicated that they would engage with the UDC leadership to find ways of working together.