Member of Parliament for Lobatse who is also Assistant Minister of Trade and Commerce, Sadique Kebonang has rubbished claims that he is quitting politics to go for further education.
Speaking in an interview with The Telegraph Kebonang said he is not going anywhere soon.
“I am where I am now and enjoying myself by contributing to the residents of my constituency as a Member of Parliament and the nation at large as an Assistant Minister “.
Asked why rumours about his leaving politics for further education have been persistent if they are not true, Kebonang said that it was probably those in opposition trying to make people in his constituency feel that he was not trustworthy and that they have gambled with their votes when voting for him in the last elections.
“This is coming from opposition. They want to make me unpopular with the voters who have voted me into the office by telling them that I was not worth voting for,” he said.
Besides him, he said that the same opposition is also peddling rumors about another Assistant Minister alleging that he too is about to leave politics.
Asked if he will stand for elections again in 2019, Kebonang said that it will all depend on what the situation will be like then. For instance he says that if he feels that he has in a way contributed positively to his constituency and the country he would consider standing for another term.
But if he feels he has not contributed anything, then he will quit and give someone else a chance.
“My belief is that one goes into the office to serve and try to make a difference. If one fails to achieve that, then there is no reason why he should continue”, he said.
Kebonang also rubbished claims that he had played a major role in the resignation of former Member of Parliament for Goodhope/Mabule, James Mathokgwane.
“Mathokgwane is of course a close friend of mine. We have been friends for 33 years. But I did not play any role in his leaving politics”, he said.
On developments in Lobatse which is commonly referred to as a ghost town , Kebonang says that he is happy that progress has been made in the establishment of a leather park and dairy project.