BMD CONNIVES WITH BDP TO TOPPLE BCP MAYOR
The city Francistown on Wednesday got a new mayor following a vote of no confidence that was passed against BCP’s Ephraim Maiketso who was eventually toppled after BMD and BDP conspired to oust him.
James Kgalajwe was elected as new mayor after a specially nominated councillor, tabled a monition of no confidence against Maiketso who had only been in office for less than four months.
BDP’s Ford Moiteela, moved the motion indicating that Maiketso had failed the council since he was elected mayor early this year.
“I wish to introduce the matter that this council resolves to move a motion of no confidence on the Mayor and declare the seat vacant, and the chairmanship of the committees be reviewed,” Moiteela who lost the position of deputy mayor early this year said.
Although he was accused of being a puppet for some power hungry BDP councillors, Moiteela indicated that Maiketso had failed to deliver during his short stay as the first citizen for the City of Francistown.
He said since his election into power, proceedings at the usual vibrant council had changed making it very difficult to serve the interests of the people of Francistown.
Although Maiketso tried his luck by contesting for the mayoral position again, he could not garner enough votes as fellow opposition councillors from BMD allegedly connived with their former BDP counterparts to relegate him to a mere councillor.
Angry councillors from the opposition BCP however expressed disappointment at the new development
“This is pure political propaganda. We have been closely watching since Maiketso was elected and I now agree with those who believe that some of you people go into politics for personal gain. To my surprise the majority of people who support Moiteela’s motion are former mayors who failed to bring about change during their tenure,” a furious Tabengwa Tabengwa.
Another councillor, Professor Tlou warned fellow councillors that the city of Francistown won’t be developed if people are power hungry.
“Truly speaking we won’t go anyway if we handle our business this way. Maybe the minister should just dissolve the whole council because it seems we are ungovernable,” said Tlou adding that there was no justification to remove Maiketso from the mayoral position.
Meanwhile Kgalajwe who lost the mayoral position race early this year, promised to improve things during his tenure. Full of smiles the new mayor said: “I feel humbled to have been elected the mayor but I would like to remind my fellow colleagues that politics is fluid hence people should not be surprised about what happened today.”