Kgathi distances himself from campaign allegations
Outspoken Member of Parliament for Tati West, Samson Moyo Guma has warned his colleagues at Botswana Democratic Party(BDP) to stop campaigning for the Vice President position.
In an interview with The Voice, Guma pleaded with BDP Members of Parliament to give the incoming President, Mokgweetsi Masisi a chance to choose his VP when the time comes.
“No one should go around campaigning to be elected because honour is bestowed upon a person; you don’t go around saying I want to be this and I want to be that. If there is someone out there doing that, then there is a problem with that person.”
Guma also pleaded with his colleagues to desist from making speculations on who is likely to be elected.
“Do not speculate on who will be the VP, Masisi will give you the right person at the right time, leave it up to him, because it is up to him to decide,” he said.
Although he pointed out that it is natural for people to speculate, he pleaded with BDP members to cease and desist from doing it because it is likely to cause divisions within the party.
There have been allegations that Khama’s brother, Tshekedi was lobbying for the vice presidency. Other allegations from the corridors of parliament are that Minister of Defence, Justice and Security, Shaw Kgathi has been holding meetings with some MPs asking for their support in his quest for the VP position.
However, Kgathi denied ever campaigning.
“That is very malicious, how does one canvass support for a position which is constitutionally entrenched. That sounds crazy.” he said.
Masisi is expected to ascend to the highest office once Khama steps down on the 31st of March.
The MP for Moshupa was elected VP in November 2014 after the general elections.