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A political brawl erupts in Francistown west

A political brawl erupts in Francistown west
February 05
08:17 2018

TEBOGO MMOLAWA

A political brawl between BDP Member of Parliament for Francistown West constituency, Ignatius Moswaane and his challenger, Raoboy Mpuang is slowly brewing ahead of the party’s crunch primary elections slated for August this year.

Last week, Moswaane came out guns blazing, warning his electorate about some unscrupulous individuals who are organizing workshops in his constituency claiming to empower the youth. “Recently a particular company called VOXCOM swindled Francistown youth close to P1 million under the pretext that the victims will be employed. Some of the victims quit their jobs because they were promised better salaries by the scammers,” Moswaane revealed. He highlighted that after undergoing a week-long training, the defrauded youth were left stranded as VOXCOM management disappeared into thin air. He claims that the VOXCOM management was assisted by some prominent residents in the second city but Moswaane did not want to mention the culprits’ names.

“Since the VOXCOM scam I will not allow other unscrupulous individuals to enrich themselves at the expense of my electorate, he said. Moswaane is of the view that there are some crooks who organize capacity building workshops in his constituency that are not credible with the intention to defraud the unsuspecting residents. According to Moswaane such individuals have other ulterior motives that they want to achieve through such bogus workshops.

The organizer of the workshop that was held at Aerodrome Primary School, parliamentary hopeful, Mpuang has defended his initiative. “The workshop is meant to impart business skills to the unemployed youth in Francistown. Our city has a high number of unemployed youth so the workshop intends to assist them on how to establish successful businesses,” Mpuang affirmed.

Moswaane will be up against Mpuang, Tebogo Toteng and businessman Gregory Kealotswe during the BDP primary elections.

The Francistown West constituency is a BDP strong hold and whoever wins the primary elections popularly known as Bulela Ditswe is guaranteed of clinching the constituency during the 2019 general elections.

Each candidate is busy trying to employ every trick in the book to endear himself to the BDP members ahead of the much anticipated internal elections.

Moswaane has become popular with breaking ranks with his fellow BDP peers during debates on issues of national interest, something that has soured his relationship with his superiors within the ruling party.

When addressing an internal party meeting last year at the Francistown College of Technical and Vocational Training, party chairman, Vice President Mokgweetsi Masisi appealed the BDP members to elect leaders that will respect party caucus decisions and many viewed Masisi’s sentiments as an attack on Moswaane.

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