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Molefhi will back me – Masisi

The Vice President Mokgweetsi Masisi has said that there is no love lost between him and his alleged political rival, Minister for Infrastructure and Housing Development, Nonofo Molefhi.

Masisi has instead shifted the blame to the media saying that it is trying to create a rift between him and the Selibe Phikwe East legislator.

Molefhi is rumoured to be harbouring intentions to challenge Masisi for the chairmanship of the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP), but Masisi is adamant that just like buddies do, Molefhi will vote for him when he contests to retain his position in the party and he will also return the favour and vote for him on whatever position he wants.

The BDP does not have position of Vice President in its party hierarchy and therefore the chairman is second in command after the President.

Nonetheless, Masisi maintains that he welcomes the challenge for this influential position from anyone in the BDP, including President Khama’s younger brother and minister for Environment and Natural Resources, Conservation and Tourism, Tshekedi Khama who recently declared his interest during a local radio station interview.

However, he denied that he is trying to supplant Molefhi from his parliamentarian position, which naturally will function as a spring board to launch his candidacy for the ruling party’s chairmanship.

He further told this publication Tuesday that he is not jostling with Molefhi or anyone and that “such allegations are a total lie.” he added, “There is absolutely no issue…I am not trying to topple anyone; in fact I am trying to topple the opposition,” Masisi told WeekendPost.

He had earlier described Molefhi in glowing terms as a “Member of Parliament in good standing”.

“Honourable Molefhi is a Member of Parliament (MP) of good standing in Selebi Phikwe East, he won and is very serious unlike the solution-less one” (Dithapelo Keorapetse- Selebi-Phikwe West MP).

He further stated that there is a clear disconnect between BDP power politics and the BCL mine closure.

“We were with him in this sub-committee (cabinet sub-committee on BCL); we were with him in Selebi-Phikwe. This has never been an issue of BDP power dynamics. It has never become an issue and for all I care, I have never had a position that I am contesting for with Molefhi. In any event whatever position might become available in BDP has nothing to do with BCL; you don’t get votes in BCL if a position becomes available.”

Masisi further stated that Molefhi voted for him in the 2015 Mmadinare congress where he cemented his credentials in BDP and that when he contests for the chairmanship of his party again in 2017 he will duly ask Molefhi for his support just as he did at the Mmadinare congress.

“We are in the same party; we love this party and want it to succeed. It’s not in the interest of anybody in the BDP to eliminate any Member of Parliament. Nna all I know is that when the time comes I will ask Molefhi for his vote for the BDP chairmanship, and like he voted for me in Mmadinare, he will vote for me again.”

“That will be our conversation and if he asks me to vote for him on whatever he wants I will vote for him, in elections.”

He further said that the closure of BCL and Tati Nickel mines has no bearing on what will happen in the succession contest of BDP.

“It would seem this mischievousness is devoid of an understanding of our processes either of succession or processes of somebody emerging as a president of the party, which is president of the country. There is nothing in the narrative of BCL and its troubles that are going to change what is going to happen. And there is nothing therefore that could be done that with respect to challenges of BCL that could change any of that.”

He stated, before urging the media to come to terms with the inevitability of his presidency: “We are now in automation and you should get real and deal with it. You can speculate but speculate in an intelligent way.”

Masisi is expected to automatically become the country’s fifth president when Khama’s 10 year term ends in April 2018. To prove his strength in the party, he has to successfully defend his current position in the party.

Thus far 4 BDP heavies have already made known their intentions to challenge him known. Former Bonnington North MP Robert Masitara, diamond executive and former Palapye MP Boyce Sebetlela, Tshekedi Khama as well as former cabinet minister and diplomat, Tebelelo Seretse all want to be BDP chairpersons.

Those said to be sitting on the fence include Molefhi himself as well as Botswana’s ambassador to Japan, Jacob Nkate.

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“South Korean Embassy’s great gesture will enable trainees to thrive, to fulfil their dreams to become a reality as this equipments will go a long way in creating great impact in the lives of trainees and their families. We wish to convey our sincere gratitude to the South Korean Embassy for their noble gesture of donating the E-learning equipments.”

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