The Assistant Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Samson Guma Moyo, also MP for Tati East, whose stay in Cabinet was scheduled to expire in January next year, has quit Parliament and the Botswana Democratic Party.
President Ian Khama announced a cabinet reshuffle on Monday in which Moyo and Oliphant Mfa would have lost their cabinet positions in January.
In an interview, BDP executive secretary, Comma Serema, confirmed receiving Moyo's letter of resignation. Serema refused to disclose the reasons why Moyo resigned.
Contacted for comment Moyo quipped: "Ke eng o sa di tseye ko go bone ba ba go di neetseng - Why do you not speak to the people who gave you the information?"
"These are internal correspondences," he warned, adding that only the BDP was the right authority to divulge information on the internal
Moyo would not say whether he would resign his seat in Parliament. "Talk to the Speaker of the National Assembly," he said, referring to Patrick Balopi.
"If there is anything, Parliament will make the announcement," said Moyo. It is still unclear whether Moyo is quitting the party in protest against losing his cabinet position.
Moyo's exit would leave Tati East without an MP only 11 months away from the 2009 general election.
Efforts to reach Balopi failed on Tuesday. Moyo was appointed in April this year when Khama became President. His position is left vacant.