Francistown mayor Sylvia Tabitha Muzila is expected to come under fire from some ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) councilors for politicizing a matter that could have been dealt with at municipal level.
Information reaching The Patriot on Sunday is that fireworks are expected at this weeks’ Francistown City Council (FCC) full council session. At the full council meeting expected to roar into life tomorrow (Monday), BDP councilors demand answers from the mayor after Muzila allegedly reported some BDP councilors to President Ian Khama for alleged insubordination. In the letter written to Khama, sources indicated that Muzila accused BDP councilors of joining forces with opposition civic leaders in trying to dethrone her.
It is believed that BDP councilors are working in cohorts with those from the opposition parties in pulling Muzila down. Suggestions were that the councilors here were planning to pass a vote of no confidence against Muzila.
Muzila, who became the first female mayor for the City of Francistown could not leave anything to chance and rushed to report the matter to Khama. Khama could not deliberate on the matter arguing that Muzila had bypassed the BDP regional committee. And now the matter is still pending with the regional committee. But the development has rubbed some BDP councilors the wrong way, sources said.
Although the Francistown town clerk Lebuile Israel and Muzila were not available for comment at press time, The Patriot on Sunday has been reliably informed that a motion requesting answers from the mayor has been sent to Israel’s office. Israel had promised to return our call but failed. On the other hand Muzila was not answering her mobile phone until press time.
A number of infuriated councilors who talked to this publication said they want to demand answers from the city mayor as to why she took municipal matters to BDP. “This is a civic matter. And it had to be dealt with within the confines of the City of Francistown,” said one councilor who refused to be named for fear of victimization. He added that the motion that they intended to move was purely based on improving service delivery in the city. And if councilors are of the belief that the leader is not pushing the agenda that will serve the voters, councilors have a right to move a motion of no confidence, the councilor said. The councilor accused the mayor of doing everything in her power with the support from some BDP bigwigs in clipping the councilors’ wings. “She wants councilors to apply a see no evil, hear no evil strategy,” said another councilor, adding that councilors are determined to fight for the demands of the voters.