Lobatse High Court judge, Isaac Lesetedi, has dismissed with costs a case in which Botswana National Front‘s Gaborone North constituency activist, Gabriel Kanjabanga, wanted the Court to order the party to hold primary elections in the constituency in preparation for the October 16 general elections.
Kanjabanga also wanted the Court to order that BNF be restrained from nominating any person as its Parliamentary candidate pending the holding of the primary elections in the Gaborone North constituency. He further wanted that the disciplinary action intended to be taken against him by the party and the party’s elections officer Daniel Makhura be stayed pending the finalization of the primary elections and the hearing of the matter in the Court. That in case he wins the primary elections, the party President Otsweletse Moupo be directed and ordered to sign nomination papers for him for nomination of general elections to be held on 16 October.
Kanjabanga’s application followed after the party had cancelled primary elections of the party which were scheduled for 15 September, 2009 on grounds that it had barred Kanjabanga from contesting elections and that Lemogang Ntime will be the only party’s contestant in the coming general elections.
Kanjabanga, according to an answering affidavit of the party, was barred from contesting the elections after he had twice failed to turn up for a disciplinary hearing before a disciplinary committee of the party and the hearing continued in his absence and a decision to bar him was taken.
On this, his defence was that he had not seen any of the letters the party alleges had been sent to his office inviting him to the hearing.
This leaves Ntime being the party’s only contestant in Gaborone North.
Less than a month ago, Kanjabanga lost another case relating to the coming general elections. In that matter, he wanted to be declared the only contestant in the Gaborone North constituency on grounds that Ntime was an activist from Molepolole and should not be allowed to contest in Gaborone.
Gaborone North is currently the only constituency under the leadership of the ruling Botswana Democratic Party and chances of the incumbent retaining the seat are reported to be high.
The BNF was represented by Boingotlo Toteng whilst Kanjabanga represented himself.