Wednesday, July 24, 2024

GCC Mayor joins Barclays Bank?

Gaborone City Council Mayor Haskins Nkayigwa is reported to have secured a lucrative job with Barclays Bank of Botswana, sources have revealed.

A source close to the Mayor said Nkayigwa had been scouting for a job since last year December.

“He is an accountant by profession remember. He has been looking for a job since last year,” said the source.

But when contacted for comment, Nkayigwa laughed off the reports saying he had not secured a job with the bank.

“Where did you get that information? I can tell you that there is no truth in that,” Nkaigwa said light-heartedly.┬á

When pressed further, Nkayigwa said he was in the dark as to why people could link him with a move to leave politics and join the banking sector.

Fresh claims have also emerged that the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) facilitated Nkaigwa’s impending move to Barclays.

Asked why the BDP would engage in such an exercise, the sources said the ruling party is “battling for the control of GCC”.

“They will benefit politically. If Nkayigwa quits GCC as the mayor and joins Barclays, obviously he has to quit politics; he cannot double as a mayor and a full time employee of Barclays,” said the source.

Reports indicate that the youthful Nkayigwa survived a muted coup plot towards the end of last year when the BDP councillors had wanted to table a motion of no confidence against the mayor, but luckily he held on by extending the presentation sessions during a full council meeting.

 Nkayigwa took over the Gaborone City mayoral seat from Veronica Lesole of the BDP in July last year after an opposition coalition was formed. This was after a shift in balance of power in the council as some councillors resigned from the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) to join the opposition, mainly the BMD.

Currently the BDP has 15 councillors, including four specially-elected councillors, while the opposition has 20 councillors.

Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) Secretary General, Wynter Mmolotsi, said he was not aware of the matter.

Contacted for comment BDP Executive Secretary, Thabo Masalila, said: “We know nothing about that.”
Barclays bank spokesperson, Sakaiyo Baitshepi, promised to call this reporter to state the bank’s response on the matter but he had not done so at the time of going to press.


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