The appeals committee of the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) has dismissed all appeals lodged with the BDP central committee following the primary elections held in January.
President Ian Khama broke the news at the party’s national council on Friday even though the appellants had not been notified nor received the reports by Monday morning.
BDP held primaries in all the opposition held constituencies so that the winners may have enough time to cultivate the electorate before the 2019 general election. Khama’s announcement has already caused much consternation among the unsuccessful appellants.
Among those who lodged appeals is long time parliamentary candidate for Molepolole South constituency, Shima Monageng who is reportedly on the verge of defecting to opposition parties.
This week, Monageng’s fire-breathing campaign manager, Mmuso Letlole told the Global Post that all systems are set for defection to the new-fangled Alliance for Progressives (AP).
Letlole noted that Monageng’s campaign team is only waiting to receive the report from Tsholetsa House as well as the green light from Monageng. He also said Monageng was still locked in consultation with his family who are keen for him to withdraw from politics altogether.
Monageng, a prominent businessman has been unsuccessfully cultivating Molepolole South constituency for many years. He lost the latest BDP primaries to another long time contender, Kabo Morwaeng.
AP Secretary General, Dr Phenyo Butale, Chairman Major General Pius Mokgware and Gaborone North Member of Parliament Haskins Nkaigwa have held negotiations to solicit Monageng’s defection to their new party at the start of March.
Monageng lodged a complaint with the central committee of the BDP in the wake of his loss to friend-turned-foe, Morwaeng.
It is also believed that while the Monageng campaign team has dissected the possibility of their man running as an independent candidate, they have abandoned the idea altogether.
Letlole also noted that consultations with Molepolole South residents will begin in earnest this Saturday at Monageng’s residence in Lekgwapheng.
Monageng has had ambitions of representing the constituency since 2003 often times standing against longtime BDP strongman, Daniel Kwelagobe. Now that the tables have turned, Kwelagobe is said to be backing Monageng’s candidacy.
Morwaeng himself appears to have smoked a peace pipe with former foe Gaotlhaetse Matlhabaphiri with whom he serves in the Political Education and Elections Committee of BDP.Letlole also stated that the Monageng campaign team will call a press conference this week to state their case.
BDP Secretary General, Mpho Balopi’s mobile number was not going through by press time.