Councillor beaten up in Matsha quarrel

Selala shortly after the assault PIC: KAGISO ONKATSWITSE
Selala shortly after the assault PIC: KAGISO ONKATSWITSE

MOLEPOLOLE: Police are investigating a case in which a Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) councillor allegedly assaulted his Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) counterpart after a Kweneng District Council special meeting on the Matsha College truck disaster.

The BDP man, Botokanyana Motoroko, allegedly beat up Molatedi Selala, first with a headbutt and then a fist above the left eye, during a tea break immediately after the special council called by chair, Jeffrey Sibisibi.

The incident happened after opposition members, led by Selala, blocked a motion from Motoroko who wanted to prevent debate on Sibisibi’s speech on the Matsha College truck disaster, in which seven students died on Friday. During the ensuing debate, Motoroko repeatedly interrupted Selala when the latter commented on Sibisibi’s speech. At some point the UDC councillor asked the chairman to intervene to which Motoroko responded saying Selala had used insults.

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