Newly-elected Councillor battling for his life in hospital
by Obusitse Kologwe
Ahead of his swearing in as one of Francistown City councillors, the newly elected Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) Monarch West councillor, Godfrey Kaelo, is hospitalised at Nyangabwe Referral Hospital with a serious undisclosed illness.
Kaelo was elected councillor over the weekend, beating Botswana Congress Party’s Goitse Majumane and Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC)’s Peter Thabani.
Information turned up by The Telegraph is that following his victory, the newly elected councillor did not celebrate his win as immediately after the results were announced he was hit with an undisclosed illness that led to his sudden hospitalization.
On late Monday night, Kaelo himself confirmed to The Telegraph from his intensive care hospital bed that he, indeed, was very ill but hastened to add that this was not the first time he had been taken suddenly ill.
One of his colleagues, BDP councillor for Monarch South, Ignatius Moswaane had also confirmed in an interview on Monday that the councillor was hospitalized immediately after the results were announced on Sunday.
While Moswaane said the newly elected councillor is in a stable condition and would be released soon, sources within the BDP have contradicted the statement maintaining that Kaelo is in bad shape.
The sources contend that even before winning the weekend by-election, Kaelo had been unwell all along.
The BDP polled 364 votes, followed by BCP at 250 and UDC’s 107 votes. The by-election followed the death of yet another BDP councillor, Shah Jack, who died in April.