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Kanaimba-Senai to ditch the corporate world for politics?

Kanaimba-Senai to ditch the corporate world for politics?
January 22
09:23 2018

Moagi Ntsiapa

Former Debswana director of Corporate Affairs, Esther Kanaimba-Senai, is rumoured to be earmarked by the ruling Botswana Democratic Party for Mahalapye West constituency in the next general elections.

Sources close to this development indicate that Kanaimba-Senai, who is also a former deputy treasure of the BDP Women’s Wing, is said to be highly regarded by the leadership in the constituency and the region at large, hence she has been pursued for some time to consider joining politics.

The constituency leadership believes she possesses the charisma and credentials to help return the party to its glory days by tackling problems engulf Mahalapye West head-on. During a parliamentary by-election in Mahalapye West in 2012, it was reported that Kanaimba-Senai was lobbied by elders to consider contesting but she eventually decided against it.

The seat fell vacant after the resignation of the then Vice President and Member of Parliament, Mompati Merafhe.

Speculation of Kanaimba-Senai’s availability to battle for the constituency are fuelled by her recent retirement from her plum job at Debswana, which gives her recruiters a glimmer of hope that something will give. She is a revered communications and public relations  professional, having worked for reputable organisations that include the Botswana National Productivity Centre, the Southern African Development Community and Botswana Export Development and Investment Agency.

She worked for the national broadcaster, Radio Botswana, for many years before joining the corporate world.

Moreover, Kanaimba-Senai is not a political novice, she being well versed in BDP politics and procedures. The former media practitioner has been part of the BDP Women’s Wing after emerging victorious at the women’s elective congress in Lobatse in 2015 where she was a part of Dorcas Makgato’s slate.

But her election was surrounded by a measure of controversy, with analysts said that she was conflicted because government was a part owner of her then employer, Debswana  Diamond Company .

Kanaimba-Senai comes from a family of BDP enthusiasts. Her husband Moatshe Senai is a former council chairman for Mahalapye sub-district and councillor for Mahalapye Central. Moatshe also contested the Mahalapye West parliamentary by–election in 2012.

Reached for comment, Mahalapye West Branch chairperson Jenamo Maruping was not forthcoming, saying they are not aware of any lobbing of Kanaimaba-Senai for elections. “There is no such issue here,” Maruping stated.

Efforts to reach Kanaimba-Senai were futile.

If she decides to run, the former broadcaster will have to compete against seasoned BDP members in Shoma, the region’s chairman Bernard Bolele and incumbent MP Joseph Molefhe.

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