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Four apply for BDP primaries, Mbaakanyi has also applied

Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) has received four names of people vying for the candidacy of the vacant Boswelatlou ward in Lobatse. A bye-election which is scheduled for 3rd October 2015.

The candidates include Goemeone Lekaukau, Moffat Mbaakanyi, Sono Mekgwe, and Zubeida Raphael. Mbaakanyi, husband to former Specially Elected legislator, Moggie Mbaakanyi; and Raphael who lost with a slim margin in the last elections are said to be the leading candidates in the race.    

BDP Secretary General confirmed to WeekendPost this week that “only four have so far been considered for nomination.” The number is expected to increase since the deadline for the submission for nomination of candidates is next week on 11th September.

The ward fell vacant following the abrupt departure of its Councillor Kabelo Sebako of Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) who opted for a full time job at Blue Crystal, also known as Tongaat Hullet, as an Accountant.

According to Section 154 (2) of the Electoral Act, (Cap02:09) Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Slumber Tsogwane has issued an election instrument in accordance with “ordering the holding of the bye-election.”

Two parties, namely BDP and UDC will lock horns in the highly contested bye-election while another opposition Botswana Congress Party (BCP) announced it will not take part but instead rally behind the UDC as the two gear up for cooperation talks expected to commence soon.

BCP has announced that they will not contest the ward elections as the party leadership has resolved to throw its weight behind UDC to help it retain the ward.

In the 2014 General Elections, UDC won the ward for the first time ever since the debut election in the country and therefore more pinwheels are expected to play out as each party wants to claim the constituency again.

In the historic election (last year), UDC won the ward with a slim margin of 278 to 276 for Zubeida Raphael of BDP while Shimane Thelo trailed behind with only 93 votes. Between 1965 and 2009 the ward was dominated by BDP and has since been its stronghold while on the other hand, UDC following its last win would not want to lose it as well.

Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) Spokesperson Osupile Maroba confirmed that they are ready to conduct the bye election. “Appointment and training of poll staff have commenced and our Lobatse office is prepared for the short bye-election.” He also added that “we are waiting to receive all nominations after 11 September so that we can print out ballot papers to get ready for the election.”

A total of 652 people cast their vote in the last election and the number is expected to decrease as is the norm with bye elections.

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Khan: Boko, Masisi are fake politicians

18th January 2021
Masisi & Boko

While there is no hard-and-fast rule in politics, former Molepolole North Member of Parliament, Mohamed Khan says populism acts in the body politic have forced him to quit active partisan politics. He brands this ancient ascription of politics as fake and says it lowers the moral compass of the society.

Khan who finally tasted political victory in the 2014 elections after numerous failed attempts, has decided to leave the ‘dirty game’, and on his way out he characteristically lashed at the current political leaders; including his own party president, Advocate Duma Boko. “I arrived at this decision because I have noticed that there are no genuine politics and politicians. The current leaders, Boko and President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi are fake politicians who are just practicing populist politics to feed their egos,” he said.

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Ookeditse rejects lobby for BPF top post

18th January 2021

Former Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) parliamentary hopeful, Lawrence Ookeditse has rejected the idea of taking up a crucial role in the Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF) Central Committee following his arrival in the party this week. According to sources close to development, BPF power brokers are coaxing Ookeditse to take up the secretary general position, left vacant by death of Roseline Panzirah-Matshome in November 2020.

Ookeditse’s arrival at BPF is projected to cause conflicts, as some believe they are being overlooked, in favour of a new arrival. The former ruling party strategist has however ruled out the possibility of serving in the party central committee as secretary general, and committed that he will turn down the overture if availed to him by party leadership.

Ookeditse, nevertheless, has indicated that if offered another opportunity to serve in a different capacity, he will gladly accept. “I still need to learn the party, how it functions and all its structures; I must be guided, but given any responsibility I will serve the party as long as it is not the SG position.”

“I joined the BPF with a clear conscious, to further advance my voice and the interests of the constituents of Nata/Gweta which I believe the BDP is no longer capable to execute.” Ookeditse speaks of abject poverty in his constituency and prevalent unemployment among the youth, issues he hopes his new home will prioritise.

He dismissed further allegations that he resigned from the BDP because he was not rewarded for his efforts towards the 2019 general elections. After losing in the BDP primaries in 2018, Ookeditse said, he was offered a job in government but declined to take the post due to his political ambitions. Ookeditse stated that he rejected the offer because, working for government clashed with his political journey.

He insists there are many activists who are more deserving than him; he could have chosen to take up the opportunity that was before him but his conscious for the entire populace’s wellbeing held him back. Ookeditse said there many people in the party who also contributed towards party success, asserting that he only left the BDP because he was concerned about the greater good of the majority not individualism purposes.

According to observers, Ookeditse has been enticed by the prospects of contesting Nata/Gweta constituency in the 2024 general election, following the party’s impressive performance in the last general elections. Nata/Gweta which is a traditional BDP stronghold saw its numbers shrinking to a margin of 1568. BDP represented by Polson Majaga garnered 4754, while BPF which had fielded Joe Linga received 3186 with UDC coming a distant with 1442 votes.

There are reports that Linga will pave way for Ookeditse to contest the constituency in 2024 and the latter is upbeat about the prospects of being elected to parliament. Despite Ookeditse dismissing reports that he is eying the secretary general position, insiders argue that the position will be availed to him nevertheless.

Alternative favourite for the position is Vuyo Notha who is the party Deputy Secretary General. Notha has since assumed duties of the secretariat office on the interim basis. BPF politburo is expected to meet on 25th of January 2020, where the vacancy will be filled.

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BDP cancels MPs retreat

18th January 2021
President Masisi

Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) big wigs have decided to cancel a retreat with the party legislators this weekend owing to increasing numbers of Covid-19 cases. The meeting was billed for this weekend at a place that was to be confirmed, however a communique from the party this past Tuesday reversed the highly anticipated meeting.

“We received a communication this week that the meeting will not go as planned because of rapid spread of Covid-19,” one member of the party Central Committee confirmed to this publication.
The gathering was to follow the first of its kind held late last year at party Treasurer Satar Dada’s place.

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