The Botswana Congress Party on Sunday revealed that they will resist the planned appointment of former Minister of Education and Botswana Democratic Party Secretary General Jacob Nkate as special advisor to the president.
There has been intensifying speculation that Nkate, who lost his parliamentary seat to a Botswana Alliance Movement candidate in the past general elections, will bounce back to the public service as a presidential advisor the president. A BDP power player and President Ian Khama confidante, Nkate has been a key player in the Khama administration as a senior minister and influential member of the ruling party.
Introduced by former President Festus Mogae, the post was previously held by Advocate Sydney Pilane. But Khama abolished it when he assumed power because he considered it irrelevant. Ironically he resuscitated the when Nkate lost his parliamentary seat and cabinet position, sparking widespread speculation that it is just a ploy to save his political career.
Speaking during BCP political rally at Maruapula grounds over the weekend Motsei Rapelana said that it is quite surprising that Khama would resuscitate a post that he abolished when he assumed power.
“We believe that Khama is just creating space for his friend, who is now unemployed because he lost his parliamentary seat to our candidate. This is blatant nepotism” she said.
Rapelana maintained that the BCP will not sit back and allow such abuse of power to continue unchallenged.
“We cannot fold our arms and let such ugly scenes continue. We will march and protest against this unpalatable development” she said, amid cheers and applause from the audience.
A lawyer by profession, Nkate is associated to the A-team faction of the BDP, which is also backed by president Khama.
Khama’s non appointed of a lot of MP’s who were defeated at the general elections was highly appreciated in Botswana’s political hallways, but rumors that he is planning to bring Nkate back to the government enclave has dented the president’s credibility, especially as many believe that he did a shoddy job at the ministry of education.
Rapelana said at the rally that the BCP will channel all their energies towards blocking Nkate’s planned appointment.
“The flawed system of rewarding friends and relatives with high profile positions in government is not good for the health of our democracy, and we will fight it to the end” said Rapelana.