The MP for Gantsi South Christian De Graaf has dismissed claims that he will soon quit active politics and resign from his position as MP because of ill-health. Speculation was rife last year that after being released from his ministerial role at Agriculture he would also be stepping down as an MP, creating fear for the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) that it could lose the seat in a by-election He has this week insisted that quitting politics has not crossed his mind yet.
De Graaf also laughed off claims that they will soon be a by-election in Gantsi because he is resigning from his position as an MP. “I’m not resigning from my position as MP I’m still the MP for Gantsi South,” he said. He, however, disclosed that he will not be standing as an MP in 2019. “I am going to complete my five-year term then someone is going to take over from me,” he said. When asked about his health, the MP was quick to point out that he is fit. “You can see me that I am fit there is no doubt about it,” he said.
During the 2014 General Elections De Graaf won the MP for Gantsi South with 4812 while Motsamai Motsamai of Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) got 3846 with the Botswana Congress Party’s (BCP) Brains Kwadipane managing 481. De Graaf was relieved from his ministerial duties by the Office of President in 2015 to focus on his heath. He has been active in politics for more than 20 years after being nominated as a councillor in 1999.