Khama was told Molale was a bad bet

  • A minister who cannot be named predicts another trouncing for Molale by the opposition in 2019


A senior cabinet minister who has the ear of President Ian Khama told the latter that Eric Molale stood no chance of winning in the hotly-contested Goodhope-Mabule by-election in 2015, Global Post can reveal.

However, Khama’s response to the minister’s frank warning was one of nonchalance, even acquiescence.

The same cabinet minister has told this publication that the unredeemable Molale faces a similar routing in the 2019 general elections.

The Goodhope-Mabule by-election had come about as a result of the resignation of James Mathokgwane from Parliament within months of being elected to take up a lucrative post at the Selibe-Phikwe Economic Diversification Unit.

Molale then faced a marauding Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) which had made considerable inroads in the previous year’s general elections.

To further complicate matters for Molale, the UDC mined the vein of the allure of traditional leadership by fielding Kgosi Lotlamoreng Montshioa of Barolong.

Mathokgwane had snatched the constituency from the incumbent MP Kitso Mokaila in the 2014 general elections.

In an exclusive interview recently, the same cabinet minister told this publication that the unredeemable Molale faces a similar routing in the next general elections in 2019.

Molale, who has been a senior official in government for many years, is a seriously unpopular figure in Borolong among both residents and civil servants.

Allegations that he treats the people with contempt are often given as the root of his unpopularity.

Khama roped Molale into Parliament as a Specially Elected MP in 2014 and made him Minister for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration.

Perhaps as an indication of the two men’s relationship, Molale’s position was not filled after he resigned on June 24 of his year of electoral disaster both from his position as MP and minister.

Khama brought Molale back into Parliament after he was routed by the UDC’s Lotlaamoreng with 6,152 votes against Molale’s 4,372.

Molale will represent the BDP in the 2019 general elections after a compromise decision was made between him and another aspirant, Fankie Motsaathebe.

Other constituencies where compromises have been reached include Gaborone North where Mpho Balopi will contest as well as Gaborone Bonnington North where Anna Mokgethi has raised her hand to unseat UDC President Duma Boko.

Others are Kanye South, Tlokweng and Gaborone Bonnington South.