Party members of Gaborone Central constituency recently endorsed Lotty Manyapetsa as their preffered candidate for Botswana Congress Party (BCP) chairmanship.
The constituency holds a record number of 5 councilors under the current Member of Parliament, Dumelang Saleshando, who is also gunning for BCP party presidency.
The nomination comes about as groundwork for the upcoming National congress that is to be held in Maun. It’s said that the constituency reached a unanimous decision to endorse the current youth president who is going up against the current party chairman Batisani Maswibilili.
It’s reported that election procedure of Central Committee members within the BCP is such that before the National Congress is held, all 57 constituencies hold their own constituency congresses to agree on which candidates each constituency supports. So far, the nomination from Gaborone central is the only one Manyapetsa is aware of.
“I have heard that they nominated me and it’s both an honor and a major boost for my campaign, considering the fact that most members of BCP reside in Gaborone central,” said Manyapetsa.
Manyapetsa said that although the development was welcome, it didn’t come as too much of a surprise to him because of what he has done for the party while in his position as youth president. He said that he was glad because the youth were finally being given the recognition they deserve as well as being entrusted with more responsibilities. Manyapetsa encouraged more constituencies to support him and he would in turn make sure he doesn’t disappoint them.
Ephraim Mabengano, the BCP councilor for Segoditshane Ward, said that the majority of members during the July 2nd meeting advocated for Manyapetsa. He said that when hopefuls campaign, the committee expects the membership to know who they want to vote for and the reasons for their preferred choices.
“I can’t pinpoint any specific reasons why people of Gaborone Central went for Manyapetsa instead of Maswibilili, people are at liberty to vote for who they want,” said Mabengano.