Monarch West bye election candidates speak out
As the bye election for the Monarch West in Francistown draws near, politicians are flocking the usually quiet location, promising electorates heaven and earth in a bid to win the area which became vacant after the death of the Botswana Democratic councillor Shah Jack.
Contesting in the next week election is Godfrey Kaelo for BDP, Botswana People’s Party (BPP) Peter Thabani representing the umbrella parties and Goitse Majumane for the Botswana Congress Party (BCP).
Voice reporter Chenjelani Baraedi spoke to the three candidates to gauge their moods ahead of the election which has been marked by a vigorous campaign.
Goitse Majumane BCP candidate
The response is fine and I am hopeful that I will be the people’s choice.
I am very much convinced gauging from the support I get from the residents that the BDP will be kissing the area good bye this time around.
As a youthful resident of the location which was led by my later step-father, Marcus Kaluluka for three decades, I believe people have a reason to trust me as their messenger.
My main focus would be advocating for allocation of land and also acting as a linkage to the so-called youth empowerment programmes for young people.
Godfrey Kaelo BDP candidate
Thing are reasonable going well apart from some few fellow party members who are trying to de-campaign me for reasons only known to themselves.
I don’t have much to say, but all I can point out is that I have worked with Monarch VDC for over 13 years and I have been staying in the area since 1978.
As for the problems of Monarch as a whole I can tell you the needs for the people from A to Z.
I am not prepared to say a single thing about my opponents but I am appealling to residents to try me at council level since they know all my works, strength and weaknesses.
Peter Thabani BPP candidate
Politics is like a battle and you would agree with me that everyone goes for a war with the hope of winning.
I would not have bothered myself if I was quite certain of losing.
And I can assure you that we covered the whole area pleading with people for support.
While I don’t want to under rate my opponents, what I can tell you from my experience is that Batswana are now politically informed such that they don’t vote on party lines but for quality representation.