It is going to be a dog-eat-dog in the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) primary elections for Francistown South constituency after a number of both seasoned and first time candidates applied to contest party internal polls scheduled for October this year. Three parliamentary candidates and a total of 22 aspiring councilors rushed to beat the 5pm deadline the previous Friday to submit their respective applications for consideration in the fast approaching primary elections. Former Francistown South MP, Khumongwana Maoto will face a stiff competition from former Francistown City Council (FCC) deputy mayor Lamodimo Dikomang and businessman Modiri Lucas in reclaiming his former seat. Francistown South is one of the 19 constituencies that are in the hands of the opposition. In order to have enough time to campaign in the opposition strongholds, the ruling BDP has decided to hold early primary elections. Impeccable BDP sources said fireworks are expected in the forthcoming internal polls. Highly placed sources have hinted that both the parliamentary and local government hopefuls are expected to fight with everything within their power to win the internal polls.But the BDP Francistown regional chairperson Baemedi Medupi has confirmed the number of candidates for Francistown South.
According to Medupi, the process of seeking consensus from the applicants started last Wednesday and was expected to end on Friday thereby clearing the way for the crunch vetting procedure. Asked about high number of applications, Medupi: “We are in a democratic country. And the ruling BDP has made it easier for every member to be able to try his or her luck. I do not see anything sinister about the high number of applications.” However, some insiders view it in a different way. “Money is likely to be splurged like confetti during the campaign period leading to the primary elections in October,” hinted a source, adding that some parliamentary and local government aspirants have been planted in the constituency by party bigwigs. “Some of the aspiring parliamentarians and councilors are known in the ruling BDP for hanging out with the harem of trendy politicians. So money is going to be splurged during the campaign period.” “It is going to be a dog-eat-dog situation in Francistown South. Party bigwigs are positioning themselves from grassroots by planting their close allies at both parliamentary and local government level,” claimed another sources.