Karabo Gare, President Mokgweetsi Masisi’s anointed successor has won the Moshupa-Manyana Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) primaries over the weekend what appeared to be through effortless fashion.
The primaries were a prelude to the looming by-election created by a vacancy that resulted from Masisi’s ascendancy to the post of president.
The weekend primaries were seen as a confirmation for Gare’s candidature in next month’s by-election.
Long before Masisi ascended, Gare was already popular name in the constituency by virtue of his close relationship with the Vice President and the perception that he has been capped by the then area Member of Parliament.
Gare won the weekend primaries with 2841 votes.
He had been leading with comfortable margins in numerous wards long before the votes were collated at the election centers.
His strongest challenger, popular councilor Lentswe Mosanako trailed behind with 767 votes.
Stephen Kganela and Boikhutso Disele followed with 514 and 182 votes respectively while the dark horse councilor Benjamin Mogodi secured only 50.
Even though he lacks practical political experience, Gare was reported to have been ferrying water for residents using his personal truck.
His campaign was flush with cash resulting from allegedly being a beneficiary of a multi-million government tender in the Ministry of Presidential Affairs and Public Administration.
Masisi won the last general election with 6831 votes beating Ngaka Monageng of the Umbrella for Democratic Change and Benny Stegling of Botswana Congress Party who got who got 3231 and 2557 votes respectively.
Just like he sailed smoothly in the primaries, Gare is expected to walk over the opposition in next month’s by-election which will be held on the 16th of June.
The opposition in the constituency lacks a candidate with a solid pedigree.
The constituency belongs to the Botswana Movement for Democracy which intends to field one Jonathan Sethono, a completely unknown figure even in BMD circles.
BMD is clamouring for the constituency because it had loaned it to BNF they had no candidate in the 2014 general election.
The Sidney Pilane-led party now wants the constituency back, arguing that it has found a candidate who could represent the coalition.
Some members of UDC insist on the candidature of Ngaka Monageng as he already has a wider name recognition in the constituency.