Thursday, October 22, 2020

BDP Central Committee dismisses Tshekedi’s complaint

Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) Central Committee has dismissed a complaint by Member of Parliament for Serowe North West, Tshekedi Khama.

He had reported his challenger, Prince Kgwaneng, for violating primary rules and regulations.
Tshekedi Khama is a younger brother of President Ian Khama.

He is also the Minister of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism.

The BDP’s Central Committee meeting chaired by President Ian Khama on Monday dismissed the complaint raised by Tshekedi after a two-person delegation comprising Deputy Secretary General Malebogo Kruger and additional member Kitso Seloma presented its report.

They were tasked with investigating allegations levelled against Kgwaneng.

One member of the central committee who asked to remain anonymous told The Telegraph that there was nothing substantial that could render Kgwaneng’s candidature nullified.

“It was a non-issue really,” said the member.

BDP secretary general, Mpho Balopi, told The Telegraph that the matter has been amicably resolved by the Central Committee.  Balopi did not want to say the issue has been dismissed saying this could give an impression that there was a winner and loser.

“Our process as a party is to create harmony. We have amicable solutions to problems. There is no winner or loser in the BDP. The party is the ones which win. No one is bigger than the party,” he said.

It is reported that Tshekedi was determined to see Kgwaneng disqualified as he bypassed the branch committee and chose to report to the matter directly to the central committee. Tshekedi took over Serowe North West constituency from his brother when Ian Khama ascended to the presidency in 2008.
Tshekedi is not the first minister to report his challenger to the central committee. Last year, assistant minister of Agriculture who is also MP for Tswapong South, Oreeditse Molebatsi reported his cabinet colleague and challenger, Dorcus Makgatho – Malesu for campaigning before time. The Central Committee also dismissed the matter saying there was not enough evidence.

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