An Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) council candidate in Moselewapula ward in Francistown West constituency has been barred from competing in the October General Elections.
After successfully winning primary elections under a Botswana Peoples Party (BPP) ticket, Arcifa Mothoosele (24) has been blocked from competing in this years’ general election because he lacks appropriate funds, as he is still a tertiary student.
A letter dated on 25 June this year written to him by UDC parliamentary candidate Shathiso Buba Tambula, reads: “Further to our meeting on 23 June 2014, we have observed that you have to date not complied with basic requirements to qualify as we discussed your financial shortcomings. We therefore have decided to drop you as you can no longer bear the demands placed upon you as a candidate. This letter therefore formally withdraws you running as a UDC candidate for Moselewapula ward in Francistown West constituency.”
The youthful candidate, who has allegedly been replaced by the more monied Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) candidate Ditshotlo Ditshotlo, told The Telegraph that his withdrawal for candidature in Moselewapula ward is undemocratic and totally unfair.
“The decision was taken by the Francistown West constituency committee without the consent of informing Botswana Peoples Party (BPP) President Motlatsi Molapisi because when I approached him on the matter, he said he was unaware of the decision.”
The youthful candidate, who is also an established cancer advocate, further explained that he feels sabotaged because when he told them that he was taking part in the Lavender Walk, a sponsored walk organized by the Cancer Association of Botswana, they decided to use it as an excuse to gain leverage to go ahead with the withdrawal of his council candidature for Moselewapula ward.
Mothoosele, says he intends to do a petition within the Francistown west constitution committee and Botswana Peoples Party (BPP) executive committee to map out the way forward.
He believes that he can still attract youths and first time voters whom he says can easily vote for him.