Developments around the Tati West constituency elective branch congress over the weekend suggest that the electorates vented their anger against the incumbent Biggie Butale. The Patriot on Sunday has it on good authority that Butale is losing support in his strongholds – the villages of Masunga and Vukwi – with the influential Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) members in the constituency pledging their allegiance to his rival, Moabi Mavange. Mavange is the current BDP Youth Wing chairperson and the only surviving member elected in Ghanzi. He has reportedly thrown his hat into the ring ahead of the ruling party’s primary elections slated for August 2018. Mavange is alleged to launched a massive behind the scenes campaign for the constituency and threatens to cause an upset at the primary elections.
The rest of the youth wing members were suspended after attempting to launch a coup against Mavange who was protected by the party bigwigs. “He is Vice President, Mokgweetsi Masisi’s blue-eyed boy,” said a source, adding that Butale’s fate has been sealed long before the primaries are held. Butale did not attend the branch congress without any apology, and efforts to reach him were futile. Sources opine that the change of branch leadership at last weekend’s elective congress is a clear demonstration that Butale’s political obituary has been written already. Milton Monyamane of Masunga ward was elected branch chairperson and will be assisted by Melton Tshware while Thalosang Machauza and Kelebeletse Nfila are branch secretary and vice respectively.