Monday, March 1, 2021

“I’m taking two weeks leave from politics” Manyepetsa

Former Botswana Congress Party (BCP) firebrand Lotty Manyepetsa said Monday that he has decided to stay away from active politics for two weeks before he makes up his mind as to which party he intends to join. 

Reports indicate that Manyepetsa was expected to announce his new political home on Monday. Manyepetsa who is keeping followers of both the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) and opposition Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) guessing resigned from the BCP after he was charged with destabilizing the party and recruiting other members to join BDP.

 Manyepetsa’s former erstwhile colleagues at BCP who were also facing similar charges  Thato Osupile, Oganne Mazwigwila, have since joined BDP while Virginia Masole is yet to make up her mind. The expectation was that Manyepetsa would join the BDP but speculation was also rife this week that he could join UDC after he posted his picture with newly elected Member of Parliament for Goodhope/Mubule Kgosi Lotlamoreng II on Facebook. But contacted on Monday, Manyepetsa explained that he had a consultative meeting with family members and they advised him to defer announcing his next political home as he needed to cool off. 

“I went through a rough patch as a result of my six week suspension from the BCP. So I have heeded advice from family members that I need to have at least two week’s rest away from politics,” he said. 

Asked what necessitated the decision to stay away from active politics for two weeks, Manyepetsa further explained that emotions are still high and he does not want to take decisions that he would live to regret.
“I have also decided not to be active even on social media platform. I respect the advice that I got from family members. After two weeks I will then announce which party I intend to join,” he said. He would neither confirm nor deny that BDP and UDC have approached him to join either one of them. 

“Those who were saying I will announce today are not telling you the truth. I’m still wondering what could have triggered that speculation. I need to introspect and it will take a while for things to settle down again. I think one or two weeks will do,” insisted Manyepetsa. 

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