Moswaane vows to defend his backyard

Peter Madiya
Wednesday, 08 November 2017

Francistown West legislator Ignatius Moswaane has hit back at his detractors following a recent meeting at which the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) Chairperson and Vice president Mokgweetsi Masisi attacked him.

Botswana Guardian has been reliably informed by a BDP insider that Masisi plans to use cash power to dislodge Moswaane from Francistown West where he has thrashed many opposition candidates including BDP as a Mokoko in the 2014 general election before retracing his steps to the ruling party. 

The source said the grand plan to oust Moswaane includes launching a propaganda campaign in Monarch where he commands massive support unlike other wards in his constituency.

“As for other wards including Gerald Estates and Kgaphamadi, the MP does not have a large following since he has been at loggerheads with some area councillors who want him out of the constituency,” the source disclosed. 

Asked to comment, Moswaane said that whoever wants to take the constituency from him is free to do so as long as they understand that the constituency is controlled by the masses who voted him into office. 

He said he was not elected by voters because he has offered them money but because they have trust in him. “As we speak, ‘ketheogetse’ as an employee of the people of Francistown and I will only address them before the general election and give them a feedback concerning different issues they have sent me to represent them on in Parliament”. 

Moswaane first won the constituency following the death of then area MP Tshelang Masisi when he beat White Marobela in BDP primaries, which victory would be contested, resulting in BDP not fielding any candidate for the by-election.

In 2014 general election, Moswaane registered as an independent candidate and went on to thrash both opposition and BDP candidates before he re-joined the party. But his outspokenness has earned him foes within the party.

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