Bulela Ditswe curse haunts ministers

Cabinet ministers will be facing each other in the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) primaries popularly known Bulela Ditswe PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO
Cabinet ministers will be facing each other in the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) primaries popularly known Bulela Ditswe PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO

With Cabinet ministers facing each other in the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) primaries, it is now a certainty that heavyweights are going to fall as challengers aim to cause major upsets.

In Goodhope/Mmathethe, two Cabinet members being Finance Minister, Peggy Serame and Edwin Dikoloti face each other in BDP primaries. The duo was close before the demarcation of the new constituency which was necessitated by the delimitation exercise. Dikoloti is the Member of Parliament (MP) for Mmathethe/Molapowabojwang which covers 70% of the new Goodhope/Mmathethe constituency. Before the constituencies were merged Serame was supposed to replace area MP Eric Molale who is retiring at the end of this term. Dikoloti is an elected MP while Serame is a Specially Elected Member of Parliament (SEMP). Mmadinare constituency also has two Ministers, Molebatsi Molebatsi and Kefentse Mzwinila locking horns. Molebatsi and Mzwinila will renew their Bulela Ditswe rivalry after the former defeated the latter in the 2018 primary elections. The incumbent, Molebatsi, will aim to retain his seat against Mzwinila, who is a SEMP. In Molepolole South, another highly contested constituency, Kabo Morwaeng, the State President Minister is facing stiff competition from councillor Jeffrey Sibisibi. It became evident that Morwaeng was nervous about his position when he made a complaint to the BDP Central Committee (CC) alleging that Sibisibi was defying the party rules and regulations by engaging in early campaigns before the writ of the primaries was issued.

In Ramotswa, the dynamics of Bamalete legal tussle with the government could have compromised Minister of Minerals and Energy Lefoko Moagi but Bulela Ditswe will be his main test as he tries to win back the tribe’s trust. While Moagi was expected to face a stiff competition from fellow Cabinet colleague, Minister of Environment and Tourism, Philda Kereng, Mmegi has since established that Kereng who is a SEMP will not contest Bulela Ditswe. Moagi vs. Kereng was supposed to be another big battle but now Moagi's strong challenger is Dr Derrick Tlhoiwe. Tlhoiwe is a healthcare practitioner, as a public health specialist. Moagi made his debut in Parliament in 2019, but he was under attack after he failed to verify whether or not Kgosi Mosadi Seboko was telling the truth when she accused President Mokgweetsi Masisi of meddling in the Judiciary.

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