“To me, parliament is not employment. The goal is to effect regime change "- Boko

President of the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC), Advocate Duma Boko, confirmed reports that he will not contest any constituency in the 2024 general election.

Boko became a Member of Parliament (MP) for Bonnington South in 2014, only to lose it to Anna Motlhagodi of the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) in 2019. In an interview with The Midweek Sun, he confirmed his decision.

“I can confirm that unlike in the past two general elections, I will not avail myself to any constituency this time around. I want to be available to assist UDC candidates countrywide.

“I tried to assist the candidates in 2019 and at the same time deal with my own constituency. That does not work hence my decision to instead campaign full-time for UDC candidates. I want to serve the others unhindered,” Boko said, adding that for him going to parliament is not the goal.

“To me, parliament is not employment. The goal is to effect regime change by bringing the requisite number of parliamentarians for a change of government,” Boko said.

When asked whether he does not think the decision not to contest may isolate him and disadvantage him as UDC president, especially if his party does not win elections, Boko said although he is currently not an MP, he does not feel any sense of isolation as he meets the Parliamentary Caucus as and when he needs to.