The standoff between Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) councillors in Francistown took a news twist on Monday when 22 councilors voted for a motiontabled by specially elected councilor, Zazambi Tuelo for the full council session to be held in wards in order to have firsthand information about the challenges faced by residents. Residents of Francistown have for a long time complained about spilling sewerage, especially in high density suburbs, and piles of uncollected garbage in households thanks to general poor service delivery by the municipality. Councilors are complaining about a possible outbreak of waterborne diseases in the country’s second largest city. “Francistown resembles a war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo with huge potholes becoming the order of the day. Free flowing sewerage has become part of life,” observed Tatitown ward councilor, Gaethuse Ramolotsana.
For his part, Tuelo said he was compelled into moving the motion by the plight of the residents of Francistown. “As much as other civic leaders in Francistown, I am deeply concerned by the state of affairs in our city. Our people, our voters are suffering,” said Tuelo. When it was put to him that councilors have laid a trap for FCC mayoress Sylvia Muzila in order to wrestle the mayoral chain from her, Tuelo said: “Our intention to foster service delivery in the city, nothing less, nothing more.” Notwithstanding his denial, many observers view the motion as a strategy to expose failures by the mayor thus forcing her to relinquish her position. “Councilors have given Muzila a long rope to hang herself. This councilors’ tour of the city is best described as the final nail on the coffin,” said one councillor.