Opposition Umbrella for Democratic Party (UDC) will not conduct primary elections for the looming bye election in GoodHope/Mabule constituency. The party has received only one candidate in the name of Lotlaamoreng Montshioa for contestation of the bye election.
UDC Head of Strategy and Elections in the party Electoral Board, Tapiso Kgosikoma confirmed to WeekendPost in a brief interview that: “we have received only one nomination of Lotlaamoreng Montshioa for consideration of Goodhope/Mabule constituency bye election.”
“As the only candidate, it means that it is certain he will represent UDC in the bye election,” Kgosikoma who is also Botswana National Front (BNF) Secretary General assured this publication. UDC president Duma Boko has also confirmed recently that he will be campaign manager for UDC’s representative in the area.
According to Kgosikoma, the closing date for submission for consideration of nominees to represent the party at the bye election was June 24 which has already elapsed. Therefore, in light of the development, there will be no primary elections as the candidate is a loner in the party race.
This is despite the Barolong paramount chief Lotlaamoreng having denied on several media interviews that his retirement from Ntlo ya Dikgosi has nothing to do with looming bye election at his backyard.
The bye election was necessitated by the resignation of James Mathokgwane to join the Selibe Phikwe Economic Diversification Unit (SPEDU). A close, personal friend of Lotlaamoreng, Mathokgwane won the constituency by a trivial margin of 717. The win, some say, was partly attributed to influence from the Barolong paramount chief who was seen to be sympathetic to Mathokgwane and his UDC.
In the 2014 elections, the UDC triumphed by 6712 votes to BDP’s 6111 and BCP trailed behind by 717 votes. In the 2009 election, the BDP represented by Kitso Mokaila consolidated their win (following 2004 win) by 4987, BNF got 2707 while the BCP represented by Comfort Maruping garnered only 1346 votes. Maruping will still represent the party (BCP) in the coming bye election and, BCP hopefuls say he may pull a surprise victory. At council level, out of the 12 wards in the area, BDP won 11 while UDC only scooped 1. The formerly Barolong constituency is a known traditional BDP stronghold.
Therefore, it will not be easy for Lotlaamoreng as he is expected to face aggressive competition from political rivals, BDP. The BDP MP hopefuls in the area are still to undertake primary election which will be held on July 11. In the primary, observers already position Minister of Presidential Affairs and Public Administration Eric Molale and Kenaleone Motsaathebe as front runners.
However the entrance of Kgosi Lotlaamoreng in the race, is seen by historical analyst Rodgers Molefi and political analysts Lernard Sesa – who told this publication recently – as having an upper hand due to influence bogosi plays in the political play field. History conveys a signature statement that dikgosi still command politics as all dikgosi who stood for political office before triumphed.
When they stood for political office, the likes of BNF’s Kgosi Bathoen Gaseitsiwe II of Bangwaketse, BDP’s Kgosi Seretse Khama of Bangwato, Kgosi Ian Khama IV of Bangwato (BDP) as well as Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD)/UDC’s Kgosi Tawana Moremi II of Batawana always sailed through.
Pundits say should Lotlaamoreng lose, it will be a heavy blow and a shift to traditional believe that dikgosi command absolute power in politics. Therefore the bye election is understood as a test for Lotlaamoreng’s power.
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The resolution by the CC, which Masisi proposed, is viewed as a ploy to deflate the incumbent, Mpho Balopi’s political ambitions and send him into political obscurity. The two have not been on good terms since the 2019 elections, and the fallout has been widening despite attempts to reconcile them. In essence, the BDP says that Balopi, who is currently a Member of Parliament, Minister of Employment, Labour Productivity and Skills Development, and a businessman, is overwhelmed by the role.
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The former Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi’s decision to apply for the positions of United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and their deputies (DSRSG), has left the government confused over whether to lend her support or not, WeekendPost has established.
Moitoi’s application follows the Secretary-General’s launch of the third edition of the Global Call for Heads and Deputy Heads of United Nations Field Missions, which aims to expand the pool of candidates for the positions of SRSG) and their deputies to advance gender parity and geographical diversity at the most senior leadership level in the field. These mission leadership positions are graded at the Under-Secretary-General and Assistant Secretary-General levels.