Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) Councillor representing Rakhuna ward at Goodhope Mabule Aaron Mothibi has resigned from the party.
The Councillor tendered his resignation from domkrag this week on Thursday.
Mothibi follows another BDP Councillor of Pitsane ward at the same constituency Lazarus Ncube who also left the party subsequent to 2015 Goodhope/Mabule parliamentary bye election as they were accused of de-campaigning the then party candidate Eric Molale.
In the bye election, Molale lost at the hands of Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC)’s Lotlaamoreng Montshioa. Mothibi confirmed to Weekend Post in an interview this week that “yes indeed I have offered my resignation letter to the BDP yesterday (Thursday).”
He said his reasons for leaving the party emanates from 2014 General Elections in which he was faulted together with Councillor Ncube, of orchestrating the 2014 BDP candidate and Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources (MMEWR) Kitso Mokaila’ s downfall.
Mokaila was humbled by UDC’s James Mathokgwane by 6 712 to the latter’s 6 101 while Lesego Gatogang of Botswana Congress Party only managed 717 votes. Mathokgwane was later to leave the MP position for a lucrative job of Selibe Phikwe Economic Diversification Unit (SPEDU) which prompted the bye election and was won by Lotlaamoreng.
Lotlaamoreng accumulated 6 152 votes against Molale’s 4 372, while Comfort Maruping of the BCP got a paltry 385.
Following the election, the two BDP councillors (Ncube and Mothibi) were reportedly not thanked out of the 10 BDP Councilors in the area as they were seen as loyal to Motsaathebe who lost BDP primary to Molale.
According to Mothibi, since then there has been irreparable hostility particularly with the MP hopeful for the constituency who doubles as Minister of Presidential Affairs and Public Administration (MoPAPA).
In terms of developments the Rakhuma Councillor said the government is with intent side-lining the area because of his differences with the OP Minister.
“Our cell (in the ward) has even witnessed a drought of developments and government programmes like Economic Stimulus Package (ESP) and water has been cut for the people living in the area,” he highlighted.
Furthermore Mothibi stated that he was not informed of the recent political rallies which were addressed by Molale although were in his area of Tlhareseleele. “I felt ridiculed and this can therefore simply mean that am nothing to Molale and the BDP.”
Molale’s rallies were addressed amid reports that Lotlaamoreng was unwell and hospitalised. It appears Molale who is Specially Elected Member of Parliament is still hopeful of clinching the constituency.
The Rakhuna Councillor said he is likely to join UDC but will consult with his electorates.
The Minister of Justice, Machana Shamukuni says the search to appoint the Ombudsman and other critical heads of department is currently ongoing and the process is expected to be completed before end of the year.
The Ombudsman position fell vacant almost five months ago after Augustine Makgonatsotlhe was removed from the office and appointed as Ambassador to Kuwait.
Two Batswana nationals have been arrested in Zimbabwe for illegal trade in mercury. The duo is being held together with a Zimbabwean national who is being questioned by the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP).
This publication understands that the suspects who are aged between 39 and 56 years hail from Tutume and Selebi-Phikwe. At the time of the arrest, they were found in possession of a pistol, bomb motor and four live rounds. It is understood that the suspects told investigators during interrogation that the deadly substance has a lucrative market in Far East countries, where the demand is high. It is further reported that the suspects claimed that the mercury can be easily accessed in mines through middleman.
The Namibian Lives Matter Movement has weighed in on the looming border dispute between their country and Botswana.
Commenting on reports that the Namibian Parliament has dispatched a committee along the border between the two countries on fact finding mission, the group commended“the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, De-fence and Security that will engage community members living along the Namibia Botswana Border in conducting public hearings into acts of aggression and brutality by Botswana Defence (BDF) Force against innocent and unarmed Namibians.”