Muzila survives coup, for now

SHARE   |   Monday, 31 August 2015   |   By Shingirai Madondo
Francistown Mayor Silvia Muzila Francistown Mayor Silvia Muzila

City of Francistown mayoress Sylvia Muzila on Friday survived a vote of no confidence moved against her by a whisker, as factionalism emerged amongst the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) in Francistown.
Moving the no-confidence motion against Muzila, Tshwaragano ward councilor Gaone Majere argued that the City of Francistown’s first female mayor does not have the qualities to lead the city of Francistown’s magnitude.
Philip Matante West ward councilor Shadrack Nyeku seconded Majere paving way for the latter to deliberate on the reasons why he wanted the mayoress should be relieved of her duties because of her failure to lead the house.
Elaborating on his motion, Majere queried Muzila’s leadership style, saying the former Francistown District Commissioner has been biased towards the ruling party in all her conduct as a mayor.
“Your Worship, you held kgotla meetings in all the wards. But you deliberately chose to skip my ward. You failed to have the courtesy of telling me why you decided not to address a kgotla meeting n my ward,” he said.
Majere went to accuse Muzila of selectively treating councilors in the council chambers during sessions. He said an opposition councilor might be seeking recognition from the mayoress but get ignored for a long time without any reason.
“You have gone to extent of dividing councilors even those who are aligned to the ruling party,” said Majere, adding that the quality of leadership showcased by the mayoress since last November will work against the progress of the city.
All hell broke loose when Nyeku stood up to support the motion. The Deputy mayor Lechedzani Modenga had to put the motion on hold since councilors were heckling and shouting at each other, arguing on the use of the Standing Orders.
Modenga had no choice but to postpone the full council session. Councilors are expected to converge in two weeks time. BDP councilors in the city are deeply divided to an extent that one cannot trust his or her own shadow.
Former Francistown mayors in Peter Ngoma and James Kgalajwe are reportedly front runners in race towards snatching the mayoral chain from the first female mayor of the City of Francistown.
Ngoma and Kgalajwe bounced back into the council through a special nomination. Muzila and BDP Youth Wing president Andy Boatile are also nominated councillors.

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