Botswana’s main opposition party filed a lawsuit in October for fraud in the parliamentary elections in nearly half of the constituencies won by the ruling party.
« We believe that there have been irregularities in certain constituencies, » Moeti Mohwasa, spokesman for the Coalition for Democratic Change (UDC), told AFP that « the UDC (…) will not give up before justice is done. «
In power since independence in 1966, the Democratic Party of Botswana (BDP) won the legislative elections on October 23, winning 38 of the 57 seats in Parliament.
Its leader Mokgweetsi Masisi was elected president of the country, despite the unprecedented sling of his predecessor Ian Khama, who slammed the door of the BDP and accuses him of authoritarian drift.
As soon as the results were announced, UDC leader Duma Boko accused the regime of « deliberately stealing the ballot because he realized he was in trouble ».
Even if the High Court decides entirely in its favor, opposition appeals in 16 constituencies do not threaten the absolute majority of the ruling party.
The SVP holds 15 seats in Parliament. The High Court has 90 days to rule on opposition motions.
The open war between President Masisi and his predecessor has recently slipped into the judicial arena. Ian Khama is accused by the prosecution of embezzling 100 billion pula (8 billion euros, 9 billion dollars) of public funds.