The twelve disgruntled Francistown City Council (FCC) councilors have secretly withdrawn their intention to approach Francistown High Court after failing to table their motion of no-confidence against the city’s mayor Sylvia Muzila. The disgruntled councilors had tried in vain on three different occasions at the beginning of June to snatch the mayoral chain from Muzila because they couldn’t garner enough votes to table the motion. After failing to accumulate the necessary votes, the councilors resorted to taking the matter to High Court for arbitration, arguing that they were not fairly treated. The councilors accused the town clerk, Mompati Seleka of vehemently defending the mayor who “flout the council’s standing orders at will.” Seleka told the councilors that the motion did not gather the required two thirds majority as per the council standing orders. However, it has also emerged that the aggrieved councilors failed to approach the high court. The councilors had allegedly approached Olatotse Solomon Attorneys with a view to give them instructions. Musa Solomon of Olatotse Solomon Attorneys confirmed that they had been approached by the councilors with instructions.
However, Solomon could not be drawn into discussing the matter at length, citing the attorney-client privilege basis. “It is true they (councilors) approached me with instructions. But I am not at liberty to discuss the matter with the media.” Tshwaragano ward councilor Gaone Majere who tabled the motion of no-confidence and spearheaded the threat to sue the council could neither confirm nor deny that they have chickened out. Majere said the coalition between opposition councilors and their Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) counterparts within the FCC are still working hand in glove. He could not be drawn into discussing the next step. Sources say the councilors chickened out after failing to agree on the principle. “Those guys (councilors) chickened out. No one wanted to lead the battle from the front,” said a source. One of the BDP councilors who pretended to be on the same side with Muzila and was prepared to secretly work with the aggrieved ones said: “I have never seen spineless people like those councilors.”