Opposition politicians are working behind the scenes campaigning and lobbying support ahead of their primary elections scheduled for later in the year to select the best representatives ahead of 2019 general elections. In Ngami constituency, the looming battle between two Botswana Congress Party (BCP) activists is taking shape. Information gathered by The Patriot on Sunday shows that Tiego Jordan Mpho, a niece to veteran politician Motsamai Mpho of Botswana Peoples Party (BPP) will face retired school teacher and trade unionist, Carter Hikuama. Hikuama retired from the public services in January 2018 to pursue political interests in Ngami constituency. A winner in the BCP primaries will face either the incumbent MP for Ngami, Thato Kwerepe or former Ambassador of Botswana to Japan, Jacob Nkate. Kwerepe is the Assistant Minister for Presidential affairs, Governance and Public Administration and will meet Nkate in BDP primaries. Although both potential candidates confirmed being interested in standing for primary elections should the party give them the green light, they declined to discuss further details about their preparations pending the announcement of the writ of elections. Hikuama holds a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Biology and Chemistry from University of Botswana, and a Bachelor of Education Leadership and Management from UNISA. His teaching experience started in 1996 and he has represented BOSETU in different capacities.
Mpho confirms that he has resigned his post as Policy and Programmes Manager at Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa (GDSA) Secretariat, Conservation International Gaborone to focus on the campaign. Mpho is currently pursuing PhD in Natural Resources Management at University of Botswana’s Okavango Research Institute. He also holds an MSc in International Water Resources Management from University of Zimbabwe. He also holds BSc Degree in Ecology and Environmental Science from University of Botswana. He has served as Project Coordinator for The Ngamiland Sustainable Land Management Project, under United National Development Project Office in Maun in 2015. Those close to him say Tiego‘s mission is to couple politics with transformative ideas to catalyse and sustain significant changes in the lives of the people of Ngami. BCP North West regional chairman, Goretetse Kekgonegile said the writ will be announced in March 2018. At the polls in 2014 Kwerepe won the constituency by 7063 beating BCP's Taolo Habano who managed 7015 while Cosmos Moengas of Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) trailed with only 802 votes. Habano had earlier in 2009 snatched the constituency from BDP by defeating Jacob Nkate.