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Mohammed Khan wants to deputise Boko

Molepolole North MP, Mohammed Khan and BNF and UDC President Duma Boko

Molepolole North Member of Parliament (MP), Mohammed Khan has declared intention to contest Botswana National Front (BNF) Vice Presidency in next month’s elective Congress.

In an interesting twist of fate, Khan declared his candidature in a week where another Muhammad, the boxing legend, has been making major news. Khan is the former BNF treasurer, publicity secretary, deputy secretary general and secretary general. He hopes his experience in the party carries him through at the July congress.

Speaking to this publication, Khan confirmed that indeed he has availed himself for the position after he had done extensive consultation with constituents which ended this Thursday.

He said that he had stalled throwing his name into the ring because of failing health that came after he fell into a meter deep storm water drainage system at Motor Vehicle Accident Fund Headquarters last year.

Khan revealed that the fall injured both his legs as he ended up receiving a total of 18 stitches on both of his legs.

He said that he also sustained spinal injuries in the fall and after receiving multiple orthopedic opinion, he was cleared to contest.

“Initially that was the predicament, but after I had a second and third opinion from orthopedics, they decided it’s not as bad and I can contest.” Khan said.

Khan is the former BNF Secretary General from the years 2007 to 2010 and has contested the Molepolole North constituency three times, winning it on the fourth try.

He sits poised to fight for the party second-most top post with Reverend Dr. Prince Dibeela after the incumbent party Vice President and Tlokweng Member of Parliament; Same Bathobakae pulled out of the race. Khan’s sympathisers say that BNF members prefer him compared to Dibeela who they say he is a new comer to the party.  

Speaking to this publication Bathobakae also confirmed that she has indeed pulled out of the race because of limited time on her hands.

“It is true I am no longer standing, I have family matters to deal with on top of my constituency.”

She denied that she is a defeatist and matter of factly said she had initially indicated intention not to contest.

“I am a strong woman, I am a rock and I will always be a BNF member,” she said.  

Her decision comes after a BNF youth league faction that was sympathetic to her and other party incumbents was soundly defeated at the recent Mahalapye Youth Congress.

The Kago Mokotedi lobby which was itself riddled with re-runs by previous league members was said to be behind Bathobakae retaining her position while it also sought to maintain BNF spokesperson Moeti Mohwasa in the same position. Dibeela himself currently holds the position of the Secretary for International Affairs.

The trounced lobby also sought to reinstate Treasurer Aubrey Lesaso who is being challenged by Gantsi North MP, Noah Salakae.

The winning Khumoekae Richard lobby however is rooting for Salakae, Dibeela and Harry Mothei, who is gunning for the position of party Chairman against Tapiso Kgosikoma.

There also seems a solid consensus to retain BNF leader Duma Boko as party President by all lobbies and he currently remains unchallenged in his position.

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