Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) legislator Ignatious Moswaane
Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) legislators Guma Moyo and Ignatious Moswaane’s rift is suspected to have played a role in the ruling party’s loss in Phillip Matante bye-election.
Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) retained the ward following the party candidate, Uyapo Nyeku’s landslide victory over BDP candidate, Peter Nare.
Impeccable sources within BDP who spoke to this publication on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals blamed Guma and Moswaane for the loss of their party.
Moswaane and Guma are said to have been running parallel campaigns.
“Tensions between Guma and Moswaane divided the campaign team and there was animosity between the two camps,” the source revealed.
Furthermore it is said that the camps did not submit their reports as they were divided hence poor coordination of the campaign.
The rivalry between Moswaane and Guma is said to have started three years ago in another bye election that was held in Francistown following the death of Tshelang Masisi.
Sources told this publication that Guma had always wanted to send Moswaane into political wilderness hence he fought tooth and nail to sabotage him in the Francistown West bye election.
The source claimed that Guma sponsored all Whyte Marobela’s court cases. In 2013, Marobela, who had lost to Moswaane in the BDP primaries, took the party to court for not according him hearing after he protested the results. In the process, the court ruled that Moswaane be barred from being nominated as the BDP candidate in the bye election and that the party accord Marobela a hearing.
In an interview, Moswaane told this publication that he received a letter of suspension from the campaign manager, Samson Guma notifying him that he is barred from taking any part in the campaign. “I was suspended from the campaign for no apparent reason. Yes I differed with fellow members on campaign strategies but that did not warrant any suspension,” he disclosed.
The strategy suggested by Moswaane was to lure voters by ushering them with government programmes such as Youth Development Fund (YDF). He said that he had also proposed that voters who were not in Francistown be hunted and transported to the city for them to cast their votes.
The outspoken politician said that Guma was imposed on Francistown people as their campaign manager. He opined that the campaign manager was supposed to be selected amongst members of the Phillip Matante East ward and Francistown South constituency as they have vast knowledge about the constituency.
He said the campaign team dismissed his strategies and his political nemesis, Raoboy Mpuang accused him of trying to traffic voters from Francistown South to Francistown West. Moswaane and Mpuang are expected to battle it out in BDP primaries to be held in two years’ time.
Moswaane claims that Guma, Mpuang and Ford Moiteela who is the BDP Francistown regional chairman are conniving to oust him but reiterated that the trio will not manage as he has strong roots in the constituency. Moiteela and Moswaane are said to have exchanged heavy blows during the campaign.
Reached for comment, Guma told this publication that he is yet to submit a report on the bye election to the central committee. “Yes we have lost and I am busy compiling the report which I will submit to the party elders in due course and I am not going to share the contents of the report with the media,” he said briefly.
Guma declined to comment on his purported sour relation with Moswaane. Furthermore, he refused to share with this publication how much the party spent on the bye election.
BDP Secretary General Botsalo Ntuane said as it is always the case the party will conduct the postmortem in conjunction with all structures that were involved.
“We are still working on that, in the meantime democrats must resist the temptation to point fingers by engaging in a blame game,” he said.
“We are all disappointed and must ensure we close ranks and remain cohesive. We cannot prejudge anything before evaluation. We have to conduct things in an orderly manner and not arrive at premature conclusions.
The outgoing President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Ian Kirby, shares his thoughts with us as he leaves the Bench at the end of this year.
WeekendPost: Why did you move between the Attorney General and the Bench?
Ian Kirby: I was a member of the Attorney General’s Chambers three times- first in 1969 as Assistant State Counsel, then in 1990 as Deputy Attorney General (Civil), and finally in 2004 as Attorney General. I was invited in 2000 by the late Chief Justice Julian Nganunu to join the Bench. I was persuaded by former President Festus Mogae to be his Attorney General in 2004 as, he said, it was my duty to do so to serve the nation. I returned to the Judiciary as soon as I could – in May 2006, when there was a vacancy on the High Court Bench.
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