Former scribe promise to re-write history in politics
The Umbrella for Democratic Change Parliamentary candidate Mmika Solomon was launched in Mahalapye on Saturday.
The former Voice Political Editor’s launch attracted a sizeable crowd of UDC supporters and curious Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) members.
Speakers at the launch included Lobatse Member of Parliament Nehemiah Modubule, Shoshong candidate Aubrey Lesaso and former Gaborone Mayor Harry Mothei.
Speaking at the launch, UDC Parliamentary candidate for Mahalapye East Mothei said Solomon is a humble young man who knows the needs of Mahalapye. “When residents of Mahalapye voted they toyed with the idea of voting Mompati Merafhe as their MP. Some of us fought tooth and nail to stop it because we knew Merafhe’s heart was never in Mahalapye,” said Mothei.
“His heart has always been in Serowe that is why he immediately sold his Mahalapye apartment upon retirement,” Mothei said.
Mothei who has a huge task of unseating the incumbent Botlogile Tshireletso was in his element, reminding his audience that despite Merafhe’s position as the Vice President he has failed to bring developments to the constituency. “He has long promised us a state of the art bus rank, but you are my witnesses,” he said.
Mothei further said Mahalapye West residents should honour the spirit of Kenneth Koma by voting in Solomon and his team of councilors.
“We have capable leaders in Mahalapye, there was never a need to import someone from Serowe,” he said and added that “The BDP’s rule has come to the end. They have done nothing for Mahalapye except steal our train. I know what happened to the blue train.”
Speaking at the same rally UDC Parliamentary candidate Aubrey Lesaso condemned the BDP for their lack of planning. “The government has built a regional hospital but there is no airstrip in Mahalapye. What happens in times of an emergency?” Lesaso asked rhetorically.
Accepting the challenge, Solomon promised voters a transparent and consultative leadership once voted into power. “My team and I vow to serve you with humility at all times. We will never develop huge egos and our mobile phones will be on 24 hours,” he said.
Mmika Solomon is in a three way tussle with BDP hopeful Joseph Molefe and BCP’s David Tshere.