The ruling Botswana Democratic Party’s aspiring parliamentarian in Francistown South constituency, Modiri Jojo Lucas and his primary elections challenger, former MP Khumongwana Maoto have smoked a peace pipe.
Maoto lost to political novice Lucas in the party primary elections held early this year. The veteran politician did not accept the results citing a lot of irregularities in the build up to the polls. He argued that some of his supporters did not appear in the party’s voters’ roll. Maoto even launched a formal protest with the secretariat of the party. But things have changed and the two have now reconciled. Lucas has since appointed Maoto as his campaign manager in the build up to the 2019 general elections.
“It is true that I am Lucas’s campaign manager, as we begin our mission to rustle the constituency from the opposition,” Maoto pointed out. According to Maoto he has decided to drop his protest for the sake of unity within the party. He added, “We just came back from special congress that was held in Gaborone. The party leadership admitted that the secretariat made some mistakes when handling our queries regarding the primary elections popularly known as Bulela Ditswe. The party leadership sincerely apologized for their errors and I have since accepted their apologies.” Furthermore, Maoto stressed that during the special congress, President Mokgweetsi Masisi pleaded with party members to be united and bury their hatchets in the build up to next year’s elections to ensure that the ruling party performs very well.
Lucas confirmed that Maoto has agreed to be his campaign manager. He noted that having Maoto as his campaign manager boost his chances of winning the constituency which is currently under Wynter Mmolotsi of the Alliance for Progressives. “I approached Maoto as a party elder and pleaded for his support. In the build up to the primary elections Maoto and I had promised that whoever wins the polls will support the other one,” said the optimistic Lucas. He commended Maoto for agreeing to work with him as that clearly shows that he is very loyal and committed to the party. Lucas further said Maoto as a seasoned politician is very popular in the constituency which will add value to his campaign trail. The former Francistown South branch secretary is booming with confidence that the ruling BDP will rustle the constituency from the opposition.