Selebi Phikwe East Member of Parliament and Lands and Housing Minister, Nonofo Molefhi, has asked President Ian Khama to relieve him of his cabinet position if the President doubted his loyalty.
Molefhi is said to have offered to resign following the just ended Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) congress where a subtle exchange of demeanor said it all.
It is understood that while at the BDP congress, Molefhi, who translated President Ian Khama’s opening speech, is reported to have suggested for a resolution adopted at the congress on the compromise initiative to be read in Setswana.
However, it is understood President Ian Khama was not amused. Khama is reported to have raised the issue with Molefhi in cabinet meeting, effectively accusing the minister of sinister intents to embarrass him in front of the Congress delegates.
Attempts by another minister, Johnny Swartz, to come to Molefhi’s rescue by offering an explanation on the circumstances surrounding Molefhi’s comments are said to have been vehemently quashed by the President, who later called in the Vice President to help him admonish the hapless Molefhi.
Contacted to comment on exactly what he said as to have attracted the wrath of the President, Molefhi dismissed the reports as baseless and further indicated that he had little or nothing to say regarding the report.
“I have no comment,” said Molefhi when questioned by the Sunday Standard on allegations that he offered to be dropped from cabinet if the President doubts his loyalty.
“I would not comment on that issue because I am not the party spokesperson,” he added.