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Perennial loser Moseki vows to stay the course

CHAKALISA DUBE
Mamela
FRANCISTOWN: Despite four consecutive losses in the general elections, Morgan Moseki of the Botswana Congress Party (BCP) insists that he will not throw in the towel.

“For me politics is a vocation I have chosen. I want to believe that people of this country want a party, which must bring permanent jobs, so we are that party.

They (Batswana) need a party that can turnaround the economy of this country and improve the quality of education and the BCP offers that. I still have the motivation to contest elections again,” he said yesterday. Moseki lost to Buti Billy of the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) in the race for the Francistown East constituency in last month’s general elections after a spirited fight.

He got 3,573 votes to Billy’s 3,818. Moseki said he would like to change his campaign strategy and reinvigorate the BCP in Francistown East for the next elections.

He said his loss does not mean that he is not popular with the voters. “I know how I lost to my opponent but I won’t lose hope. All I need to do going forward is to change my campaigning strategy to stand a better chance of winning,” he said.

Moseki’s first loss in Francistown East was in a by-election in 2002 against Phandu Skelemani. He lost again to the former cabinet minister in the 2004

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and 2009 general elections before his latest defeat by Billy.

In Francistown West, another BCP perennial loser, Vain Mamela of the BCP refused to discuss his political future. “I don’t want to discuss the subject. I have no comment,” he said.

In 1999, then incumbent, Mamela lost the general election to the late Tshelang Masisi.

He switched to Francistown where he was hammered by Khumongwana Maoto in the 2004 general elections before Wynter Mmolotsi put him to the sword in 2009 and last month.

Richard Gudu of UDC, whose loss in Tati West was the third said his wish is to give other people a chance to contest elections in the constituency.

He said he is willing to serve the party in another capacity. “However, if the party feels that I can do it in 2019, I will definitely contest. It is not like we are doing badly in Tati West. We just have to change our campaign approach going forward,” he said.

In 2009, while contesting on a Botswana People’s Party ticket, he recorded 3,477 votes against Charles Tibone’s 4,277. This year, under the UDC, Gudu notched up 3,506 votes to 4,510 of the BDP’s Biggie Butale.



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