Can’t wait for 2019 – Mokaila

SHARE   |   Tuesday, 07 March 2017   |   By Shingirai Madondo
Can’t wait for 2019 – Mokaila

If things could be done his way, Transport and Communications Minister Kitso Mokaila could quit active politics well before the 2019 general elections, The Patriot on Sunday can exclusively reveal. Mokaila, a Specially Elected MP, declared: “It is definite that I am quitting active politics in 2019”. He was voted into Parliament for the first time in 2004 as MP for Borolong. He has served as Minister of the then Minerals, Energy and Water Resources (MMEWR) and of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism. In a wide ranging interview with Mokaila, it was clear that the frank speaking former member of the Botswana Defense Force (BDF) has lost interest in politics. “I do not have any intention of taking part in the next General Elections because what transpired to me in the run up to 2014 general elections,” he said without fully explaining what transpired to him. However, in the run up to the 2014 general elections, Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) followers showed disdain about the ruling party’s leadership decision to bypass the primary elections. To show their frustration, BDP members in the Goodhope/Mabule constituency went on to vote for the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) candidate, James Mathokgwane in a development that seemingly angered Mokaila to the core. After Mathokgwane resigned leaving the Goodhope/Mabule constituency vacant, Mokaila decided against running in the by-election – a move that political pundits described as an angry decision. “I cannot wait for my quitting of active politics. Soon after quitting, I will join all social media networks namely Facebook, Twitter and Instangram. After quitting, I could easily swear at people who swear at me,” he said, laughing off. Asked if he is calling it quits because of the attitude of the Goodhope/Mabule democrats, Mokaila could neither deny nor confirm that the BDP members have shown that they are no longer interested in him. Mokaila responded in a parabolic response saying: “Life experience is the best teacher. It is against this backdrop that I have decided to call it quits. So I am not going to seek political office in 2019.”



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