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Monageng contemplates morphing into a Mokoko

Monageng contemplates morphing into a Mokoko
January 29
11:19 2018


The aspiring Member of Parliament for Molepolole South constituency, Shima Monageng is said to be contemplating contesting the 2019 general election as an independent candidate. This is according to sources with intimate knowledge of the workings of his campaign.

It is believed that Monageng, who has had ambitions to represent the constituency since 2003 is of the opinion that he has cultivated the constituency adequately to go it alone as an independent candidate.

This publication has been informed that Monageng called a meeting of his closely knit campaign team on Sunday the 21st a day after he was defeated in Bulela Ditswe, the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) primary elections.

The meeting was held at his home in Lekgwapheng ward in Molepolole around lunch time where he laid out a blueprint for his electioneering post his disastrous defeat the previous night.

Monageng, also a businessman, is alleged to have told those present that if he does not succeed in overturning the result, he will go at it alone in next year’s general election.

Sources in the constituency also told this publication that Monageng believed he has the right pedigree and has been loyal to the party and constituency since 2003.

Monageng, a perennial loser in Bulela Ditswe was routed by another BDP heavyweight and former ally, Kabo Morwaeng in the party primaries a fortnight ago.

Monageng has been contesting the primaries in the constituency for the past 17 years.

He first issued the first challenge to former BDP strongman Daniel Kwelagobe in the 2003 primaries where he lost with a wide margin. The gregarious Kwelagobe, affectionately known as DK, was still in the prime of his career.

Monageng, again, availed himself to represent the party in the 2008 primaries where he lost again to Kwelagobe who was then BDP Chairman.

He would lose again to Kwelagobe by a slim margin of just above 200 votes in the 2013 primaries.

The unsuspecting Kwelagobe was to be sprung upon in the general election by a relatively unknown Dr Tlamelo Mmatli of the opposition Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC), who defeated and banished him into early retirement.

When asked whether indeed he is considering contesting elections as an independent candidate, Monageng offered a simple two-word answer: “No comment!”

On other matters he was however more forthcoming. He told this publication that he lodged a complaint with the BDP Central Committee on Friday wherein he is querying the way he lost the race due to what he saw as an unlevel playground.

Even though he noted that his advisors have recommended that he do not to speak to the media, Monageng outlined some of the irregularities that gave rise to his defeat.

He blasted off: “I suspect that some people were responsible, that it was a purposeful act and that someone had played some chicanery which resulted in my defeat.”

He further described Morwaeng as having played the role of a referee and a player at the same time owing to his position as Secretary of the party’s Political Education and Elections Committee, an arm responsible for the printing of voters’ rolls and issuance of membership cards.

Monageng also said that he does not know when his verdict will be available noting that he will have to wait for the Central Committee to deliberate on his complaint because “BDP elders sometimes take their time.”

About an hour and a half before the Lekgwapheng meeting, Monageng posted a long message in a Facebook account decrying the bad state the BDP finds itself in.

Monageng wrote: “I have put it on record and informed the retaining officer, Mr Mbulawa that I don’t accept the results for Molepolole South primary elections (MP) due to serious irregularities and interference of Kabo Morwaeng as Secretary to Political Educations Committee (PEC) together with the Molepolole Branch Secretary (who acted like Morwaeng’s campaigner throughout the Campaign period.)”

“Hundreds of people did not vote because they were not given their membership cards…The ground was not level…This is how bad our beloved party has become…My heart bleeds for the current situation our party finds itself in.”

Meanwhile, when contacted for comment, Morwaeng sought to distance himself from the matter, referring this publication to BDP Secretary General, Mpho Balopi.

“According to the rules of the party, I am not allowed to talk to the media about the internal matters of Bulela Ditswe,” he said.


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