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Ambitious new BPF recruits ruffle feathers

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Maele put his move on hold

Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF) new recruits who have been declaring their interest to contest in the 2024 general elections have apparently brought divisions and instability to the party, sources within BPF have claimed.

The Voice has been reliably informed that the party’s latest catch, former Permanent Secretary to the President, Carter Morupisi’s show of interest in contesting for Lerala/Maunatlala constituency Parliamentary seat has left former Member of Parliament for the area, Prince Maele jittery and worried.

“Until Morupisi’s recent declaration that he was in the running, Maele had indicated that he was ready to join the BPF. In fact he was supposed to have joined us last month together with Master Goya and two other former Ministers but he has since asked for more time,” said the source that posited that the reason for Maele’s hesitation could have been sparked by Morupisi’s interest in the MP seat.

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However the source revealed that once Maele joins them, an immediate decision on a compromise to allocate constituencies without going through primary elections would be reached.

“Morupisi’s case, which is before the courts does not look good and his chances of winning it are bleak, which makes Maele a better bet, especially when you consider that he has been on the ground recruiting and consulting people on his next move which is to join BPF,” said the source.

When contacted for a comment, Maele confirmed that he was consulting his constituency regarding his next political home.

“My consultation will be coming to an end soon and that is when I will officially announce my new political home. I cannot disclose anything until I am done, maybe in a week or two,” he said.

Meanwhile, BPF President, Biggie Butale said that there was nothing wrong with their new members’ ambition to represent the party both at council and parliament level.

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“We cannot stand in their way and stifle inner party democracy but in the end the party will decide on whom to field as its representatives,” Butale explained.

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