Voice poll shows Kedikilwe as the most likely to be appointed VP
Following the announcement that Vice President Mompati Merafhe will step down this month, speculation was rife as to who will take over from him.
To get a clearer view of the person the public think is most likely to succeed the outgoing VP, we conducted a poll of 150 people in the streets of Gaborone and Francistown and added their votes to the more than 370 Voice fans on facebook who responded.
Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources, Ponatshego Kedikilwe was top on the list of contenders and the main reason advanced was that he has at one point been acting President and Vice President respectively.
This they said goes to show that President Khama has faith in his leadership qualities. However most pointed out that if appointed Kedikilwe would only hold the office until 2014 as he has indicated his plans to retire then.
In second spot was Minister of Presidential Affairs and Public Administration Mokgweetsi Masisi who members of the public said is the President’s current ‘blue eyed boy.’ Third on the list was President Khama’s first cousin who is also the Minister of Defence, Justice and Security, Ramadeluka Seretse.
Coming in at number four was Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister Phandu Skelemani, with those choosing him saying it was high time for somebody from the North to occupy such an important seat.
Interestingly the President’s young brother and Member of Parliament for Serowe North West, Tshekedi Khama’s name also cropped up with some saying that it would simplify matters if the Khama brothers led the country.
Erstwhile president of the Botswana Movement for Democracy, Botsalo Ntuane who recently traced his footsteps back to the ruling BDP was also mentioned more than 10 times speculating that it was the reason why he went back to his original political home.
Meanwhile though they didn’t obtain many votes names of women in politics also cropped up with Unity Dow’s name featuring most prominently.