Barolong Kgosikgolo Lotlaamoreng II on Monday said he is yet to decide whether to resign as a member of Ntlo ya Dikgosi or not to contest as a candidate for the looming by election in Goodhope/Mabule constituency.
The seat fell vacant following the resignation of area Member of Parliament and Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC)’s James Mathokgwane who has since joined Selibe Phikwe Diversification Unity (SPEDU) as a Regional Director.
“I haven’t resigned as we speak. But I’m still yet to decide whether to resign or not,” he stated briefly when contacted on Monday. Kgosi Lotlaamoreng is poised to trade his leopard skin for politics and represent UDC in the looming by election.
The Barolong leader who is also the Deputy Chairman of Ntlo ya Dikgosi is expected to address his subjects at a Kgotla meeting in Goodhope today (16 June 2015).
While his impending decision to join politics was met with mixed reactions, Lotlaamoreng is reported to have consulted widely with some dikgosana and his uncles who eventually gave him the green light.
This weekend UDC President Duma Boko warned the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) that if it had a hand in the resignation of Mathokgwane in the belief that it would wrestle the constituency from UDC it would regret its decision.
While he did not mention his party’s prospective candidate, Boko said UDC will be fielding a strong candidate in the area fuelling allegations by sources at the weekend rally that the party has since concluded formal negotiations with Kgosi Lotlaamoreng.
“BDP was ill-advised to think that they will wrestle the constituency from UDC. We will field a strong candidate that they cannot match pound for pound. We have a strong candidate because God works in many ways. When one candidate leaves the party, a strong one replaces him,” he said in reference to observation that Mathokgwane’s resignation was a blow to the party.
Boko urged UDC members not to hold grudges against some members who intend to quit the party saying instead they should remain strong and work hard for the party.
“Even the late Cde Motswaledi was always warning us that the struggle would not be an easy one. We should be resilient and strong,” said Boko. He added that “I’m going to lead the campaign for this area to ensure that we retain it.”
Kgosi Lotlaamoreng will be the third paramount chief to enter politics after President Ian Khama and Maun West Member of Parliament Tawana Moremi.
The Telegraph has learnt that former area MP Kitso Mokaila who was trounced by Mathokgwane will not stand and instead specially elected MP and Presidential Affairs Minister Eric Molale together with former BDP Youth Leader Fankie Motsaathebe are expected to lock horns in the primary elections. The Botswana Congress Party (BCP) is yet to decide on whether to participate in the impending by election or not.
In the 2014 elections UDC garnered 6712, and BDP got 6111 while BCP managed a paltry 717.