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Another UDC Councillor quits


Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) Councillor for Boswelatlou ward in Lobatse constituency Kabelo Sebako this week called it quits at the Lobatse Town Council (LTC) chambers, albeit over enigmatic circumstances.


WeekendPost has established that the Councillor has for almost 8 months held two posts simultaneously, including that of Councillor for the LTC. Other than that, Sebako also worked as an accountant in the management of Blue Crystal sugar company, also known as TongaatHullet. Sebako abandoned his councillor post to focus on his job at the sugar packaging company.


The UDC Councillor confirmed to WeekendPost in an interview that: “It is true that I have resigned my position as a Councillor, and it is purely for personal reasons.” He said he chose his job as Accounts Assistant over the Council position because he did not want to make the Council suffer due to his dual responsibilities.


Sebako won the Boswelatlou ward for the UDC – and entire opposition – for first time since the first democratic election 1969. It has been a safe guarded stronghold of the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) who lost it with a slim margin in the last election. The UDC Councillor had garnered 278 votes to 276 of Zubeida Raphael of BDP while Botswana Congress Party (BCP) represented by Shimane Thelo came last with 93 votes only.


UDC Spokesperson Moeti Mohwasa told this publication that he was aware of the developments pertaining to Sebako’s resignation. He however downplayed it to say it depended on how one viewed it. “You see I believe it was a good decision because it compromised him to diligently deliver on his Council responsibilities,” he said.


According to Mohwasa, some people enjoy clinging to their political positions even when they are challenged and hailed Sebako as a responsible political leader who, due to other pressures of life and commitments, moved to relinquish his position when he felt he could serve the people in accordance with his will.


“He had two jobs and so he felt continuing with both of them will affect his Council duties and his ability to serve his electorates at his ward,” he pointed out.


When this reporter asked if this development won’t tarnish the image of the party further, Mohwasa stated that although some would say that, he however does not buy into that school of thought, “I don’t think so,” he stressed out.


It is not the first time a UDC Councilor resigned from a Council seat after the 2014 General Elections; recently Bokone North Councillor Titus Kebuileng left the Council for another work commitment believed to be at the University of Botswana. Botswana Congress Party’s Molefhe Mosothwane then went on later to win the bye election.


In addition, not long ago, the main opposition party received a shocker when Member of Parliament for Goodhope/Mabule James Mathokgwane also dumped parliament for a lucrative job at Selebi Phikwe Economic Diversification Unit (SPEDU). The bye election for the constituency will take place on 15 August.


There has been strong speculations doing the rounds that link opposition party members and activists en-mass resignations to strategical prudence by the ruling party fat cats to lure unsuspecting opposition members into their fold. The party has however continued to refute such insinuations as baseless and unfounded.


The suggestions were also entertained by Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) which is a member of UDC, Lobatse branch Chairman Temba Stimela. According to Stimela, Sebako had pressure from BDP leadership in Lobatse especially by Town Mayor Malebogo Kruger. However efforts to reach Kruger on the matter proved futile at the time of going to print.


It is understood that Kruger has been frequently visiting Sebako’s employers on suspicious mandate to recruit him. Sebako, who was only a member of the Finance Committee at the Council was said to be not performing satisfactorily by the Council management.

There were also assumptions that Sebako had been invited to the State house, assertions he laughed off and brushed aside, labelling them as untrue and unfortunate. According to him, he remains a loyal of the UDC, he rubbished the claims that he may have been bought by the BDP top politburo.


Meanwhile, it has also become apparent that when the incumbent Councillors and MP’s resign from Council chambers or National Assembly, or more still from their current parties to others, rarely bid constituents and electorates farewell. The constituents often complain of such developments.Sebako indicated in the interview that he has “not consulted the constituents to the optimum level.”  


In the meantime, President Ian Khama is expected to issue a writ of elections to announce the date of the bye election.

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