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Bontshetse loses court case, threatens to defect

Bontshetse loses court case, threatens to defect


Former Tonota Umbrella For Democratic Change (UDC) Parliamentary Candidate Maokaneng Bontshetse has said that he will soon find a new political home after he lost his case against the party with costs at the Francistown High Court this week.

The disgruntled politician however denied allegations that he was set to join the Botswana Democratic Party.

Francistown Judge Zibani Mkhwade ruled in favour of (UDC) in a case in which Maokaneng was challenging the party’s decision to recall him as Tonota parliamentary candidate in the coming general elections.

He was replaced by former Deputy Speaker Pono Moatlhodi who defected from the BDP to the BNF after losing the primary elections.

He received a letter of recall and suspension on the 29th of August after he was accused of revealing party information to the media.

Speaking to The Voice this week, Bontshetse said, “Very soon I will be joining another political party. I know there are some BNF members in the constituency who are against the party decision. Some want to follow me wherever I am going and it is their own choice. The BNF does not want me in their party. How can they suspend me for five years? I have never disclosed any party information to the media. What they are saying is only an excuse.”

Asked if he will appeal the case Bontshetse said he does not want to talk about it as it might jeopardize his plans, saying he was leaving it to his lawyers.

His followers are said to be meeting this weekend to map a way forward.

The parliamentary candidate for the area, Pono Moatlhodi who was brought in to replace Bontshetse said he does not want to lose Bontshetse because he was valuable to the UDC campaign.

“We need his vote and his contributions and we want him to be active in the party as he has always been. Coming to BNF was not a distraction rather a gain to the UDC and a blow to the BDP. I have brought more than 1500 members. I have discussed it with him and it is just unfortunate that he decided to take the matter to court,” said Moatlhodi who went on to reveal that he has sent a delegation to plead with Bontshetse not to defect.

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