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Hands off F’town South 

SHARE   |   Monday, 25 September 2017   |   By Shingirai Madondo
Hands off F’town South 

Botswana Democratic Party’s (BDP) aspiring parliamentary candidates for Francistown South constituency want some sitting Members of Parliament (MPs) in the Francistown region to stop meddling with the affairs of their constituency. The development emerged in a recent closed door meeting the aspiring candidates held with the Member of the Central Committee (MCC) for Francistown region, Shaw Kgathi. BDP has vetted in 21 council candidates for primary elections that were scheduled for October 21. On the parliamentary front, former MP in Khumongwana Maoto and former Francistown City Council (FCC) deputy mayor Lamodimo Dikomang alongside Modiri Jojo Lucas are expected to battle it out. Sources say the three aspiring candidates have told their regional MCC that external forces from certain MPs within the Francistown region were destabilising their constituency. The three candidates have allegedly accused Tati East MP Samson Guma Moyo, Francistown West MP Ignatius Moswaane, Francistown East MP Honest Buti Billy and Tonota MP Thapelo Olopeng of meddling with Francistown South affairs. Contacted for a comment, Kgathi confirmed holding a meeting with the candidates for Francistown South and guardedly mentioned that the aspiring parliamentary nominees have raised concerns about external forces. “It is true that we had a meeting at the party office. And indeed the parliamentary candidates raised concerns which I am not at liberty to discuss with the media,” confirmed Kgathi while playing his cards so close to his chest.

He added: “I told them not to worry about the concerns they raised. I assured them that I am going to deal with the so-called external forces creating cracks in the Francistown South.” Kgathi said the BDP constitution is there to be observed at all cost, saying he will not hesitate to take action against any of the sitting MPs found to be misbehaving in the region and beyond. BDP insiders said the three aspiring parliamentary candidates want serious action to be taken against the perpetrators. “Their (rogue MPs) actions are tantamount to border jumping which is a grave misdeed in accordance with the BDP’s electoral policy,” said one aspiring candidate on condition of anonymity. “The MPs in question must mind their own business in their constituency,” added another aspiring candidate.  Moswaane has been accused of setting up an office in the Francistown South constituency under the guise of helping the youth with business proposals and any other secretarial related services needed when applying for funding. Billy and Moyo have been accused of financially supporting their preferred candidate at local government level to influence the parliamentary results. However, all the three MPs have denied the allegations being leveled against them.