NOT MANY WOULD WANT TO TAKE KGOSI TAWANA ON
Many Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) members have shied away from the seemingly insurmountable task of challenging Kgosi Moremi Tawana for the Maun West Constituency.
Only one brave candidate Reaboka Mbulawa submitted his name for the primary elections vetting process although a number of BDP members had earlier on showed interest in the constituency only to withdraw from the race.
This means there will be no BDP primary elections in the constituency this year.
Meanwhile Tawana’s party, BMD has cast a shadow of doubt over the MP’s former party’s move, branding it cowardice.
Speaking to The Voice, the North West Regional Chairperson Isa Phoi said BDP members showed that they were cowards by not submitting their names for a constituency that they regarded as theirs. He said with the challenges that the constituency is facing, no one is capable of being its representative except Kgosi Tawana.
“They know that the community is trying all its best to protect its chief and it is a must that he is returned to parliament. Challenging Kgosi Tawana will be an embarrassment to whoever wants to do it at his own peril,” said Phoi.
Mbulawa, whom the BMD has accused of trying to buy votes has explained that it was petty of the opposition party to interpret his corporate social responsibility activities as votes buying.
“It was open to everyone to submit names for Bulela Ditswe. I am not afraid of Kgosi Tawana and people should know that the issue here is not about bogosi but the right person to represent the constituency in parliament,” he said.
Another BDP candidate who pulled out of the race, Medupi Medupi told The Voice he pulled out because he was facing divorce. “I was being divorced and that depleted my energy. Maybe in future I will contest,” he said.
Political Analyst Dr Zibanani Maundeni, a Senior Lecturer at the University of Botswana said the determination by the BDP to win the constituency back could have led to a compromise knowing how the primary elections can divide the party.
“It is extremely possible for the BDP to win the constituency and one can only suspect that a compromise was reached to send only one candidate to avoid divisions after primary elections.”
BDP Acting Executive Secretary Lee Lesetedi could not comment on the issue referring the questions to a branch office in Maun. The Party’s Chairperson for Maun West constituency Richard Moitoi also failed to explain why only one candidate showed interest in the constituency.
Tawana is one of the few BDP defectors who formed the BMD and didn’t abandon it to cross back to the ruling party.