It might be very early to be talking about the 2019 General Elections but developments taking shape within the opposition Botswana Congress Party (BCP) indicate that the next election is just around the corner.
Indications are that those aspiring to represent the opposition party in the 2019 General Elections have started positioning themselves especially those vying for the Francistown East constituency seat.
Information reaching The Patriot on Sunday is that a sizeable number of BCP activists have already launched respective bids to elbow out Morgan Moseki, the man who has been representing the opposition party for the past three elections.
The Patriot on Sunday is reliably informed that jostling has ensued with revelations that covert plots to oust Moseki are underway.
According to informed sources, Moseki has been urged not to stand for elections in the next elections or he will embarrassed during the opposition party’s primary elections in three years time.
Impeccable sources within the BCP are of the belief that the constituency is one of the few constituencies that the BCP could have snatched from the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) in 2014.
It is against this backdrop that Dr Ditiro Majadibodu, who represented the BCP at the Nata-Gweta constituency in the last two general elections, has reportedly made a move to oust Moseki in the next election.
Besides Majadibodu, Thabo Nyambe (who represented the BCP at local government level in the last year’s elections) has also made early intentions of dethroning Moseki and become the party’s parliamentary candidate for Francistown East.
Approached for a comment, the Francistown regional chairperson Samuel Moribame confirmed learning about the rumour. Moribame said he learnt about the alleged intentions by some BCP members from the grapevine.
“However, nothing concrete has been brought to my attention,” said Moribame, adding that either Nyambe or Majadibodu have officially informed the party structures of their intentions for the 2019 elections.
For his part, Majadibodu could not deny or confirm the allegationsbut was quick to point out that he grew up in Francistown East and all his business interests are within the constituency let alone his family resides in the community.
“Anything is possible in life,” hinted Majadibodu.
Although Moseki professed ignorance about the ouster plan against him, he said anyone is free to challenge him because he does not own Francistown East.
“Those willing to represent do not need to seek permission from me,” he said.
Moseki poured cold water on suggestions that he failed the BCP in Francistown East. He said he took Francistown East from zero to the level where it is now.
“And I am not the only who failed to snatch the constituency with a slim margin,” said Moseki, adding that a number of winnable constituencies could not be won with some remaining BDP strongholds while others went to the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC).
Both Nyambe and BCP Secretary General Kesetegile Gobotswang could not be reached for comment at press time.