Two of the Botswana National Front (BNF) Young Turks, Kago Mokotedi and Resego Kgosidintsi, are at each other’s throats over Gaborone Bonnington North constituency, which party leader Duma Boko has indicated he will not contest in 2024.
BNF insiders have ascertained that Boko, will not contest the constituency in the next elections. Boko lost the constituency to Botswana Democratic Party (BDP)’s Anna Mokgethi in 2019.
Boko reportedly wants to focus his energy on the UDC leadership, which will enhances the opposition chances of winning power. Boko will be going for his third try as UDC presidential candidate.
Boko’s decision has created a vacancy for other party members who relish to replace their leader. This publication is reliably informed Young Turks; Mokotedi and Kgosidintsi want to represent the party at the constituency.
Mokotedi, is a member of the Central Committee and former University of Botswana (UB) Student Representative Council (SRC) leader. On the other side, Kgosidintsi is the member of the BNF Women’s League, and also vying for the BNF Youth League Presidency billed for April in Letlhakeng. Kgosidintsi also served in the UB SRC.
Initially, sources say, Boko preferred Mokotedi as his successor, but he has since changed his mind as he sees Mokotedi as untrustworthy. He is now backing Kgosidintsi. However, Boko is pressured to prevent an impending clash between the duo, as they all claim to have received his blessings.
“He has since suggested that there should be a consensus candidate, where the two prospective candidates would talk and reach an agreement on the matter. However, in case the two fail to reach a common ground, then there will be a primary election to determine who will replace Boko in the area,” a member of the party who asked not to be named said.
But what could be the reason for Boko somersaulting on his initial stance on Mokotedi? The response received by this publication is that he is “untrustworthy,” after it emerged that, Mokotedi is sympathising with Dr. Bucs Molatlhegi who will be facing Boko in the BNF Presidential battle expected in July this year.
In a brief interview, Kgosidintsi said that she has interest in running for the parliamentary seat, but was quick to say, “but at this moment I cannot really share with you where my interests are at, in due course you will know.” For his part, Mokotedi said it is up to the structures in the constituency to determine whether he stands or not.
“As a disciplined member of the BNF, I cannot express my desire to contest for a parliamentary seat through the media. I can only do that within the party, following internal party processes after the writ has been issued,” said Mokotedi.
“I can only refer you to the relevant structure at the constituency, constituency committee. The BNF members and the collective opposition must be given space to identify a suitable and credible candidate to be their MP. “I will subject myself to their collective wisdom.
If they think someone within the movement must be their MP candidate, I will be glad to respect their wishes and collective wisdom. What I will not do is to be to self-impose and make media statements to the effect that I will contest for the MP seat.”
A fascinating battle is anticipated in the constituency as the incumbent, Mokgethi is also expected not to defend her seat in the area. In the interim, Block 3 Councillor Motamma Horatius and former BDP employee at Tsholetsa House Kabo Masoba are front runners to replace her should the move materialise.
Mokgethi, who is the Minister of Nationality and Immigration could not ascertain her expected departure. “I wonder where that rumour could be emanating from. I have never made any pronouncement on the issue.”
She could not explicitly say if she is contemplating not run or not. The reports that she will not run emanates from a number of issues she faced in her first term as a legislator. She is said to be seriously contemplating leaving politics, a source close to the minister has said.
The Director General of the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) Tymon Katholo has revealed why he took a decision to engage private lawyers against the State. The DCEC boss engaged Monthe and Marumo Attorneys in his application to interdict the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS) from accessing files and dockets in the custody of the corruption busting agency.
In his affidavit, Katholo says that by virtue of my appointment as the Director General of the DCEC, he is obliged to defend the administration and operational activities of the DCEC. He added that, “I have however been advised about a provision in the State Proceedings Act which grants the authority of public institution to undertake legal proceedings to the Attorney General.” Katholo contends that the provision is not absolute and the High Court may in the exercise of its original jurisdiction permit such, like in this circumstance authorise such proceedings to be instituted by the DCEC or its Director General.
Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) has gone through transformation over the years, with new faces coming and going, but some figures have become part and parcel of the furniture at Tsholetsa House. From founding in 1962, BDP has seen five leaders changing the baton during the party’s 60 years of existence. The party has successfully contested 12 general elections, albeit the outcome of the last polls were disputed in court.
While party splits were not synonymous with the BDP for the better part of its existence, the party suffered two splits in the last 12 years; the first in 2010 when a Barataphathi faction broke ranks to found the now defunct Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD). The Barataphathi faction was in the main protesting the ill-treatment of then recently elected party secretary general, Gomolemo Motswaledi, who had been suspended ostensibly for challenging the authority of then president, Ian Khama.
Mr Abdoola has known Mr. Uzair Razi for many years from the time he was a young boy. Uzair’s father, Mr Razi Ahmed, was the head of BCCI Bank in Botswana and “a very good man,” his close associates say.
Uzair and his wife went to settle in Dubai, the latter’s birthplace. He stayed in touch and was working for a real estate company owned by Mr. Sameer Lakhani. “Our understanding is that Uzair approached Mr. Abdoola to utilize their services for any property-related interests in Dubai. He did some work for Mr.Abdoola and others in the Botswana business community,” narrates a friend of Mr Abdoola.