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Thursday 20 October 2016, 17:30 pm.
Nagafela cries foul

The defeated Botswana National Front (BNF) Letlhakeng West parliamentary candidate Filbert Nagafela has blamed his defeat squarely on the mighty power of the government.
By Staff Writer Fri 21 Oct 2016, 02:27 am (GMT +2)
Mmegi Online :: Nagafela cries foul

Giving a speech after the announcement of the results of the by-election  Nagafela said he stood against the whole government and not Botswana Democratic Party (BDP)'s Letlhakeng West's now newly elected Member of Parliament Ngaka Ngaka.

"I didn't compete with Ngaka but the mighty government with all its resources. The government has been mobilised to fight me, a poor man," said the dejected Nagafela. He said he will pray for President Ian Khama who had mobilised  state resources to campaign in the constituency against him.

Nagafela also took the opportunity to thank all who stood by him during the by-election campaign. Nevertheless, he accepted his defeat. The BDP  vanquished the BNF by 3,437 votes to 3,097. Out of the

6,656 votes, 122 were spoilt. This constituency became vacant after the death of MP Maxwell Motowane late last year. During the 2009 general elections Motowane garnered 3,826 votes to Nagafela's 3,792 votes. 

It was widely expected that Nagafela would bounce back to parliament looking at the  slim margin he lost with four years ago. Also he had the backing of the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) partners, Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) and Botswana Peoples Party (BPP). The Botswana Federation of Public Sector Unions (BOFEPUSU) had also thrown its weight behind the BNF and urged its members to vote for the opposition.BOFEPUSU also hosted some workers rallies in the constituency prior to the polling day.

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