‘Political infighting detrimental to development’- Khama

BDP members fight over event programme – Shima Monageng’s political career sabotaged

During his last address at the Molepolole Main Kgotla, outgoing President Ian Khama advised Bakwena Paramount Chief, Kgosi Kgari III to be wary of political fights as they can hamper developments in the village.

Khama said this in light of developments that stemmed from Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) members who are at each other’s throats over the President’s Farewell visit to Kweneng District events programme, which was allegedly tempered with to remove a political rival’s name.

Chaos ensued during the event when some members of the organizing committee saw fresh changes, which they claimed they were never briefed on.

Speaking to The Voice about the issue, one of the committee members, Kaone Thebeng said after the organizing committee was selected; the District Commissioner’s office came up with a mock programme that was approved by the committee.

He said the initial programme included both Shima Monageng, a BDP a parliamentary hopeful for Molepolole South Constituency as the Master of Ceremonies and his rival and current winner of the disputed BDP Primary elections, Kabo Morwaeng.

The two were shocked to realize in the presence of the president at the event that Monageng had been replaced with Molepolole Administrative Authority (MAA) Vice Council Chairperson, Slumber Mokgosi.

Speculation from the aggrieved party is that the changes in the programme were made to discredit Monageng as a formidable contender for the constituency and endorse Morwaeng.

Another change was that of the speaker intended to give the ‘thank you and well wishes’ speech which, former Legislator Daniel Kwelagobe, was penned down for.

‘DK’ was replaced with Tiroentle Pheto.

It is alleged that the changes in the programme were made by Former Molepolole Member of Parliament Gaotlhaetse Matlhabaphiri, Kweneng District Council Chairperson Jeffery Sebisibi in cahoots with District Commissioner, Themba Mmusi.

According to Thebeng, a complaint about the changes in the programme was lodged and the DC was called to explain.

“DC promised us that the programme we made would not be changed. We were therefore surprised to see the new programme,” remembered Thebeng.

For his part, Mokgosi, the Councilor for Lephaleng ward said he had long been informed about being an MC.

When contacted for a comment, Mmusi said the programme was agreed upon but they made some corrections in the sequencing of the items and were not aware that it would cause misunderstandings.

“Those who are not happy will come to my office to complain, all I can say is that we shared the programme with the Office of the President and agreed on it,” he said imploringly.

The Member of Parliament for Molepolole South, Tlamelo Mmatli of the Botswana Movement for Democracy is the one who brought the issue to the attention of President Khama.