The Member of Parliament for Goodhope/Mabule Kgosi Lotlaamoreng has been hospitalised in Mafikeng, South Africa, The Patriot on Sunday has learnt. Sources within the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) have revealed that Lotlaamoreng was taken to South Africa by the party’s Secretary General Ndaba Gaolathe last week to get treatment for a disease he has been battling for some time. Information gathered by this publication has shown that he will be hospitalised for three weeks with the party settling his P25 000 bill. The royal family is said to be worried by his health status and has been trying to convince him to resign as MP, fearing that his health is being compromised.
“He is currently staying alone at the Parliamentary village with no one looking after him. This has worried the queen mother who wants him to come back home,” revealed the family member, adding that when the party leadership checked him last week he was in a very bad state. Another concern for the family is said to be that the UDC has taken too long to fulfil its promise of taking care of his health situation. The ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) which has in recent months scaled up its recruitment efforts is said to be closing observing the developments, awaiting any opportunity to use to lure him over.
Lotlaamoreng was allegedly on the verge of defecting to the BDP in March this year and was supposed to have been welcomed during the launch of the Philip Matante council candidate in Francistown but he somersaulted at the last minute. Two weeks ago he is said to have met President Ian Khama, who also assured him that government will take care of him should he choose to defect or resign. The royal family was not comfortable with him joining politics but UDC leadership managed to convince them with the promise that they will attend to Lotlaamoreng’s health.
In an interview Barolong regent Botiki Motshegare said they are aware that Lotlaamoreng is not in good health but refused to comment on his hospitalisation.“We are aware that he has not been feeling well for a long time but I cannot go beyond that,” said Kgosi Motshegare. On allegations that the royal family wants their paramount chief to quit politics, the Barolong regent refused to comment on the issue. UDC Secretary General Gaolathe refused to comment on the issue, choosing only to say that Lotlaamoreng is currently in good health. Put to him that he was seen taking Lotlaamoreng to hospital, the soft spoken UDC leader refused to admit or deny the allegations.