With uncertainty surrounding the prospects of Kgosi Tawana Moremi defending his seat at Maun West constituency in the 2019 general elections, both the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) and the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) are working overdrive to position themselves to snatch the constituency. The constituency is one of the highly contested in the North West region for all political parties. Moremi defected from the UDC to become an independent MP last year and further announced his intention to retire from active politics at the end of the term.
The BMD, which has been allocated the constituency under the UDC model, is apparently busy with preparations and one Moalosi Sebati from the Ndaba Gaolathe faction is so far among those popularly favoured to represent the party in the 2019 General Elections. Not a novice to political spheres, Sebati has confirmed that he has indeed availed himself and is preparing fully to retain the constituency for his party. Perhaps his nomination and election as BMD (Ndaba faction) Deputy Secretary General during the controversial BMD congress in Bobonong recently speaks to this. A long time BMD activist, Sebati is adamant that the constituency is as good as his already. He, however, is quick to point out that he is aware there may be more candidates who may show interest to contest in the party’s primary elections to be held later on this year. Sebati is the North West regional Secretary for UDC and had sat in the previous BMD National Executive Committee as Additional Member. His nomination as the Deputy Secretary General by the Gaolatlhe faction clearly shows the kind of faith they have on him both nationally and in the Maun West constituency. “It obviously puts him in a very favourable position,” said an observer.
The BDP ‘s blue eyed boy in the constituency Reaboka Mbulawa, who contested the constituency in the 2014 general elections against Kgosi Tawana Moremi but was thrashed by an over 2000 margin, is reportedly eyeing the constituency once more. Mbulawa’s political career was given a life line just after his loss in the general elections when he was nominated as a specially elected councilor and later served as chairperson of North West District Council before he was unceremoniously voted out by his fellow democrats in coalition with opposition councilors. Though he was spared the hustle and bustle of Bulela Di tswe primary elections contest in the previous elections, BDP inside sources in Maun West state that he will this time around square it out with others who are expected to submit their names during the ongoing BDP primary elections applications. “It is done, just submitted my official endorsement for Maun West Primary Elections. Our people are ready for 2019. We take this as just a formality for our bid,” the ever hubristic Mbulawa posted on his official Facebook page. Mbulawa only managed to garner 5335 votes against Kgosi Tawana Moremi’s 7,271in the 2014 general elections. His short stint as NWDC chairperson, however may according to some reverse his losses and work in his favour, as the position, accustomed him to not only the basic local governance practices but gave him an idea of what voters for the entire North West region want.