Lotlaamoreng to quit politics?

SHARE   |   Tuesday, 05 July 2016   |   By Phillimon Mmeso
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Goodhope/Mabule constituency could soon have another by-election based on sources close to the incumbent MP who is on the verge of yielding to family pressure for him to quit politics. Area MP and paramount chief of Barolong, Kgosi Lotlaamoreng Montshioa is currently hospitalised in South Africa. Sources at Kgosing ward in Goodhope – constituency headquarters – have revealed that the Queen Mother is worried at the deteriorating health of Lotlaamoreng after he was taken to hospital by Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) Secretary General Ndaba Gaolathe after neighbours at the parliamentary village raised a concern about his health status.

Should he heed the call by his parents, Lotlaamoreng will be the second Goodhope/Mabule MP to resign in a space of less than two years after James Mathokgwane resigned also citing ill-health. Another family source has revealed that Lotlaamoreng could have long resigned but refused the advice by some his uncles. “He is a very difficult person even right now it is not yet a done deal that he will step down as he might stay put,” said the source, adding that the family has never been comfortable with him joining politics. One of the dilemmas that he is said to facing when considering to resign from politics is whether he will be able to return to chieftainship or allow his uncle to continue holding the fort. In an interview recently on the impeding resignation of Lotlaamoreng, Barolong regent Kgosi Botiki Motshegare refused to comment on the issue.

Mathokgwane, who was the first opposition politician to wrestle the constituency from Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) after beating the then incumbent Kitso Mokaila in the 2014 General Elections, resigned last year and joined SPEDU in Selibe Phikwe.
After allegedly being courted by both the ruling party and the UDC Lotlaamoreng tendered his resignation at Ntlo ya Kgosi and traded his leopard skin for political office. In what was one of the most expensive local by-elections, Lotlaamoreng retained the constituency for UDC by amassing 6 152 votes, followed by BDP candidate, Cabinet Minister Eric Molale with 4 372, while Comfort Maruping of the BCP, was a distant third, managing only a paltry 385. Recently Lotlaamoreng was said to have met President Ian Khama in what some political pundits believe was the attempts by the ruling party to recruit him.

Lotlaamoreng has in the past confirmed that Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) are recruiting him but said that nothing concrete has been reached. UDC Publicity Secretary Moeti Mohwasa rubbished the allegations that Lotlaamoreng is intending to resign from politics putting the blame to the door of BDP. “Since they lost the by elections, BDP has been spreading falsehood about Comrade Lotlaamoreng in their effort to try and destabilise him in his constituency,” said Mohwasa. Efforts to get comment from Lotlaamoreng were futile as his mobile phone was off.