Dumelang Saleshando

Umbrella for Democratic Change Leader of the Opposition Phakalane
Dumelang Saleshando
Dumelang Saleshando.jpg
Leader of the Opposition of Botswana
Assumed office
5 November 2019
Preceded byDuma Boko
Vice-president of UDC
Preceded bySidney Pilane
Leader of BCP
Preceded byGilson Saleshando
Personal details
Born13 September 1971
Political partyUDC
Spouse(s)Dineo Saleshando

Dumelang Saleshando is a politician from Botswana who is the Leader of the Opposition of Botswana.

Early life and education

Saleshando was born in 13 September 1971, is the firstborn of five sons to Gilson Saleshando, a politician, and Keatlaretso Dolly Saleshando, a nurse.[1] He attended numerous schools growing up in Kanye, Lobatse, Selebi-Phikwe[1] and was brought up in the Seventh-day Adventist Church. He completed his schooling at St Joseph's College, where he became a member of the Botswana Socialist Youth,[1] before enrolling in a degree in economics and political science at the University of Botswana in 1992.[2]


After university, Saleshando joined First National Bank Botswana as a trainee manager but he was summarily dismissed for leaking information about the finances of the ruling party.[1] In 2003, Saleshando started campaigning for Gaborone Central parliamentary seat in the capital Gaborone. The seat was previously held by Michael Dingake, the former leader of Botswana Congress Party. Saleshando was elected to parliament as the Member of Parliament for Gaborone Central after defeating incumbent Hon Dr Margaret Nasha in 2004.[1] He was re-elected as a Member of Parliament for the same constituency in the 2009 general elections and was elected party president unopposed in July 2010, after his father, Gilson Saleshando stepped down as party leader.

Prior to taking up the BCP leadership role, he served in the party Central Committee as Information and Publicity Secretary. His father was initially opposed to the idea of being succeeded by his son, noting that it was not proper since many people will believe that the party was run by a dynasty. He gave up when many people in the party endorsed the young Saleshando for the position.[3] He lost the elections in the 2014 general elections to Phenyo Butale of the coalation Umbrella for Democratic Change under the Botswana Movement for Democracy.

Personal life

Saleshando married Dineo in 2002 and they have two sons and a daughter. They live in Phakalane.[2] His mother died in a car accident while he was at University.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Ntibinyane, Ntibinyane (23 October 2014). "Dumelang through the eyes of acquaintances". Mmegi Online. Retrieved 16 June 2016.
  2. ^ a b Nkomo, Ndaba (9 April 2011). "A day with Dumpling". Mmegi Online. Retrieved 16 June 2016.
  3. ^ Mehler, Andreas; Melber, Henning; Walraven, Klaas (2011). Africa Yearbook Volume 7: Politics, Economy and Society South of the Sahara in 2010. Brill. p. 448. ISBN 9789004205567.