Friday, June 21, 2024

Three councillors may dump BDP in Nata-Gweta

Atleast three Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) councillors in the Nata Gweta Constituency are reportedly planning to defect to the opposition coalition – Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC).  

Information reaching The Telegraph, has it that the councillors are not happy with the area Member of Parliament (MP) – Polson Majaga.

The aggrieved councilors are Badirwang Sananda of Nata West, Thatayotlhe Kehitile of Dukwi and Jefferey Bolaane of Gweta- Zoroga villages.

A reliable source told The Telegraph last week that the councilors are currently working around the clock to draft their resignation letters which will soon be handed to the Nata – Gweta BDP Branch Committee. The councillors are pointing an accusing finger at Majaga for sidelining them and making unilateral decisions on issues that affect the constituency. They feel that that he does not recognize and value their input.

“The councillors have long pleaded with Majaga to give them the recognition they deserve and they feel that he failed them.  They feel that he does not even recognize they exist and this has left them with no option but to leave the BDP. In fact most of the councillors especially those who are in the BDP are not happy with his conduct. Ever since he was elected as MP in the past general elections he has never held a single meeting with them,” said the source.

The BDP currently has five councillors in the Nata Gweta Constituency while two are from the BPF. Two other councillors are specially elected.

It is also reported that one of the main reasons why the councilors are unhappy with Majaga is that he has over the time worked with the opposition especially the Botswana Patriotic Front(BPF) sabotaging his party members.

Majaga is also accused of having overlooked a number of BDP foot soldiers who helped him win the elections and picked some members of the opposition to become specially elected councilors.

“This has angered most of the BDP councilors who have since lost trust on Majaga. They are just fed up with Majaga and his dirty antics,” added the source.

Asked on these allegations through a telephone interview on Monday, two councilors Kehitlhile and Bolaane refused to comment. Efforts to reach another councilor Sandana hit a snag as his cellphone could not go through until going for press time.

In an interview with The Telegraph Molaodi Gaontebale who is the Nata Gweta BDP branch Chairperson confirmed that he heard through the grapevine that some councilors were not happy with the Member of Parliament but they never approached him.

“I heard through the rumor mill that some councilors are not happy with the honourable Member of Parliament but I have never received any complaint from any of them. I also know nothing about their planned defections. What I know is that our member of parliament has been held up mainly because he has a case before the courts,” he said.

The controversial MP is currently facing a single charge of defilement and has been suspended from the BDP. He has since pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Efforts to contact Majaga on Monday also proved futile as his phone was off.

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