Monday, March 20, 2023

Olebile Gaborone unfazed by rumours of defection

Olebile Gaborone is not in a position to affirm his membership in the opposition Botswana National Front (BNF) like he has done in the past. This has heightened speculations that Gaborone might actually be on his way out of the party.

When quizzed about reports that he was about to join the BDP, Gaborone maintained that he would not comment on the report.

“I won’t comment,” was all the soft spoken Gaborone could say.

Pressed further on whether he would confirm or deny the reports that he was on his way to Tsholetsa House, the South East North legislator maintained his silence on this topical issue.

Gaborone has been linked to the BDP and there are reports that he will be welcomed into the party by party leader President Ian Khama at a star rally to be held in Mahalapye.

Speculation gained momentum over the weekend with reports that some BNF councillors in the constituency who are close to Gaborone had confirmed to many that Gaborone was joining the BDP.
However, the BDP’s executive secretary, Dr Batlang Serema, said that there was nothing official to indicate that Gaborone was about to join his party.

Serema said that he was, therefore, constrained to comment on the issue.

“If there is an announcement to be made, then we will duly inform you,” said Serema
In a separate interview with The Telegraph, BNF President Duma Boko revealed that he had made efforts to talk to Gaborone to clarify the reports but was unable to reach him because his mobile phone rang unanswered.

“I am still in the dark as to the veracity of these reports,” said Boko.

Gaborone is expected to hold a meeting this week where he is expected to officially bid his constituents farewell.


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