Some aggrieved Francistown councilors believe that by refusing to take their advice, the Francistown City Council (FCC) mayor Sylvia Muzila has met a self-inflicted end. Muzila became an instant heroine after claiming the Francistown mayoral chain in November 2014. There was a lot excitement, as many believed that she was going to bring the much-needed difference to the country’s second largest city. However, many councilors say the former Francistown District Commissioner (DC) has left them with an egg in their face. Tshwaragano ward councilor, Goitse Majere believes that the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) councilors who have been Muzila’s saviour are now prepared to cross swords with her because she is finished. “It is important to point out that from 2014 up to now, most of the BDP councilors have been Muzila’s saviour. She has been winning mayoral elections thanks to the unwavering support from the ruling BDP councilors. However, they now see that she is a liability,” he said. Majere said the ruling BDP civic leaders have since realised that Muzila is compromising every councilor and the BDP itself in the eyes of the Francistown community. He said no progress is being noticed in the city. “BDP councilors are now sure that Muzila is no longer part of the future of Francistown and, for the first time, they have now shown that they are prepared to do what is right – which is to telling Muzila that she is wrong,” he said.
Ben Mpotokwane of Donga ward said BDP is in a state of denial, a defense mechanism when a person is faced with a fact that is too uncomfortable to accept. He said BDP councilors are determined to fight Muzila to the bitter end. “The centre cannot hold anymore. What is clear is that BDP and Muzila did not expect the hard position taken by the likes of (Peter) Ngoma, (Gaethuse) Ramolotsana and (Lesego) Kwambala amongst others and that they were shocked. What is happening is a bravado reaction,” he said. Approached for a comment, Ngoma said he and the fellow aggrieved councilors want things to be done in the right way. He said they are against the trampling of the Local Government Act and council rules and regulations. In response, Muzila said there are certain individual councilors who are doing everything within their power to ensure that they ascend to the mayoral position. “I know people have got their own agenda (which they want to achieve by hook or crook). And I cannot stop it,” said Muzila without naming such people. It remains to be seen if the aggrieved councilors will be able to overthrow Muzila or whether the BDP leadership will intervene to protect her.