Botswana’s Vice President, Mokgweetsi Masisi has been hospitalized in South Africa for medical assessment and treatment, the Office of the President in Gaborone announced on Wednesday. In a statement, government spokesperson Jeff Ramsay said Masisi is making good progress and is expected to be discharged soon. He said the VP will resume his normal duties soon after. Meanwhile at a press conference, the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) vehemently denied that Masisi was admitted at any hospital. The BDP Deputy Secretary General and Minister of Defence Justice and Security Shaw Kgathi said the VP had only gone for a medical checkup and was in good health. Kgathi said, “I spoke to him on Monday and he was fine”. Masisi is expected to succeed current President Ian Khama when retires in 2018. Contrary to the BDP’s tradition that the VP automatically ascends to the highest office in Botswana upon the retirement of the incumbent, daggers are already out as some individuals within the party intend to challenge Masisi for the presidency. Botswana heads to the polls in 2019.