Botswana Congress Party’s candidate for the Kelemogile Ward council by-election is 36-year-old vibrant and ambitious Seitiso Ditlhong. When some doubt themselves, she doesn’t. She is among those hailed for landing BCP victory in the Ramotswa constituency in the 2014 General Elections. The ward by-election – set for July 16, 2016 – has been prompted by the recent death of BCP councillor Molemi Rakgomo. Ditlhong takes on Botswana Democratic Party’s (BDP) Best Mosadi for the ward, and could count on the support of the greater opposition block since the Umbrella for Democratic Change parties have not fielded a candidate, choosing instead to throw their weight behind BCP. “I am passionate about improving and developing people’s lives, that will be my main objective,” says Ditlhong.
She has been active in the ward and credits herself with having contributed to the late Rakgomo’s victory. She is currently the treasurer of the BCP Ramotswa constituency branch. Her involvement and knowledge of the ward, she says, gives her an upper hand over her competitors as she believes she know the challenges faced by residents of the ward and how to better address them. “I will basically take over from where comrade Rakgomo left and push even harder,” she says. As a woman, Ditlhong says, she will strive for the empowerment of women. She plans to set up a forum where she will meet on regular basis with other women and discuss challenges they face. This, she says will also include facilitating access to financial programmes such as those offered by the Department of Gender Affairs.
Fellow young people will not be left out either, as Ditlhong says she plans on forming the same kind of forum for young people. “The youth are often left out, especially when it comes to access to financial assistance,” she says. Born and bred in Goo Moeng, Ditlhong has been a strong a community volunteer. She has attained an AAT qualification and worked for various organisations. According to the area MP Samuel Rantuana, Ditlhong is a bright and creative young woman who is not only active in party structures but is well known for her good deeds in Kelemogile ward.