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Rejected Venson-Moitoi speaks victory

Publishing Date : 18 March, 2019

Author : UTLWANANG GASENNELWE


With her only endorsements coming from former President Lt Gen Dr Ian Khama and Legislator, Samson Guma Moyo Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) presidential hopeful, and Member of Parliament for Serowe South Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi has expressed confidence that she will emerge victorious in the party leadership race billed for the 5th of April 2019 in Kang.


The incumbent party president Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi is being challenged by Venson-Moitoi in the historical race where a sitting president is being challenged for the first time, with observers agreeing that this is foreign to the BDP tradition. Venson-Moitoi told this publication this week that her hopes are very high in the contest and dismissed Masisi and his public recent endorsements by several key party functionaries like former President Festus Mogae, party elders, union leaders and scores of several party law makers.


She said: “Endorsements are just endorsements, I got nothing to worry. They are just people saying we are endorsing, then what? Let me show you the sequence. After they endorse Masisi, they then will have to go and elect delegates. Those delegates are the ones whom will actually cast their votes at the congress in Kang. And I bank I most of them to vote me. So am not worried.” According to Moitoi, those who are busy making noise on the endorsements probably only 10 of them are going to the congress to actually reach out to that ballot and therefore would not make any effect and impact.


“So far on the ground I don’t believe am doing badly. People will vote for me. But I never count my chickens before they hatch. I don’t want to be boastful either. But know that I never plan to fail,” she highlighted to this publication. The Serowe South legislator also reiterated that “my full focus for now is on the presidential campaign to be BDP president and am running full steam ahead.” Meanwhile she stated that as an MP she is stepping down as prior promised and therefore will fulfill her promises. “So yes parliamentary I won’t be coming back,” she said. 


UNFAZED BY CHANCES OF DISCIPLINARY ACTION

Venson Moitoi has stated that she awaits the disciplinary action if any from the party. The Serowe South Member of Parliament told WeekendPost that she welcomes any disciplinary and ready to defend it. “If someone wants to take action they can take it. I will just wait for it that is if it is coming, and we will see what to do next after that. If someone says they want to discipline you, want can you do, leave them to do it,” the maverick legislator said.


It is not clear whether Moitoi will be served with disciplinary letters but so far letters have been delivered to the Tati East law maker Moyo Guma, Tati West legislator Biggie Butale and scores of Councilors particularly those who attended an unsanctioned party meeting recently in Serowe.


The meeting dubbed Serowe elders meeting was led by Prince Moitoi, a husband to the Serowe South legislator, Moyo, with the special appearance of former President Lt. Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama. Khama has publicly endorsed Moitoi for the party president. Ironically, no formal complaint has been lodged with the party against Venson-Moitoi and Khama, despite the duo having attended and addressed the meeting. 

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