Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) Member of Central Committee (MCC) for Francistown region, Shaw Kgathi has vowed to end Francistown South MP Wynter Mmolotsi’s grip on the constituency. Mmolotsi, on the verge of forming a new political party alongside the rest of the aggrieved members of the Ndaba Gaolathe led faction, is facing a bleak political future with Kgathi vowing to finish off the opposition stalwart in the next elections. Launching what the BDP insiders have described as a well-orchestrated plan to dethrone Mmolotsi in Francistown recently, Kgathi reiterated the ruling party’s unmatched potency aimed at dethroning the former school teacher. “Mmolotsi should stop dreaming of returning to Parliament, as he would lose the 2019 general elections,” said Kgathi – Bobirwa MP and Defense, Justice and Security Minister. Kgathi urged candidates for the BDP primary elections slated for October 21 to double their efforts in campaigning for the ruling party in order to reclaim the constituency from the opposition. “Whether you win or lose the next month primary elections, you are expected to campaign for the party like never before for the sole purpose of dethroning Mmolotsi,” he said. Kgathi added: “I always tell him (Mmolotsi) in Parliament that I am after his head. And with your support, I am going to make life very difficult for the former agriculture teacher before the general elections.”
He said Mmolotsi should be denied any breathing space. He said the voters of Francistown South constituency has been robbed of their 2009 vote which “Mmolotsi crossed the floor with to form the now trouble-torn Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD).” According to him, the journey to finish off Mmolotsi has started. Though he could not divulge the plan the BDP has hatched against Mmolotsi, Kgathi said Mmolotsi’s political demise is nigh. Mmolotsi was voted Francistown MP is 2009 while still a member of the ruling BDP. He then dumped the ruling party to form Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) through which he retained the constituency in the 2014 general elections. Former Francistown South MP Khumongwana Maoto, ex-Francistown City Council (FCC) deputy mayor Lamodimo Dikomang and Modiri Lucas have thrown their names into the hat for the BDP candidature. The winner amongst three parliamentary candidates will face Mmolotsi in the 2019 general elections. Informed sources have hinted that that the Ndaba faction is expected to transform into either Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF) or Botswana Peoples’ Movement (BPM) in a no distant future following a fallout with the Sidney Pilane faction within the BMD.